Politics & Issues

State of the State
1:41 pm
Tue January 4, 2011

Nixon sets State of State for Jan. 19

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon announced the date of his annual State of the State address today. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon plans to deliver his annual State of the State speech on Jan. 19.

The speech is given each year in the House chamber before a joint legislative session. Governors use the speech to outline their priorities, highlight past polices and present their proposed state budget.

Policymakers estimate that Missouri is facing a $500 million budget deficit.

Nixon's speech is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

Read last year's state of the state address here for some perspective on where Missouri was on the issues a year ago.

MO Statehouse
11:40 am
Mon January 3, 2011

2011 Missouri Legislative Preview

Marshall Griffin shares what Missourians can expect for this year's legislative session. (Bill Greenblatt/UPI )

Missouri lawmakers return to Jefferson City this week for the 2011 legislative session.  There’ll be many new faces, thanks to term limits, along with new leaders for both the State House and Senate.  And Republicans now hold a veto-proof majority in the Senate and fall only three votes short of one in the House.  St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin takes a closer look at the major issues they’ll be facing this year.

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from St. Louis on the Air
4:07 pm
Wed December 29, 2010

News from 2010 that will shape the future of the region

St. Louis skyline, (via Flickr / Keith011764)

 

The Associated Press recently surveyed a group of Missouri print and broadcast news editors and named the top news story of 2010: The November defeat of longtime 4th District Congressman, Ike Skelton.  But since the end of December is nothing if not a time for thoughtful chin stroking and  list-making, we decided to gather a panel of experts and come up with a list of the year’s biggest news—St. Louis on the Air style.

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MO Statehouse
11:14 am
Thu December 23, 2010

Audit finds timesheet discrepancies in Lt. Gov's office

The Thomas Jefferson statue stands on the steps of the Missouri State Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Missouri on December 3, 2010. (Bill Greenblatt, UPI)

Outgoing auditor Susan Montee has released two new reports that find problems in a couple of the executive branch offices in Missouri.

One report, on the office of Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, found some problems in manual timesheets and leave slithat Kinder's staff filled out. For example:

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Missouri's Moon Rock
10:53 am
Thu December 23, 2010

Missouri has its moon rock back

A moon rock at the Ontario Science Center in Toronto, ON. A missing moon rock was found while sorting through some memorabilia of outgoing U.S. senator Kit Bond this week as he prepares to retire. (Via Flickr/bryce_edwards)

Missouri has its missing moon rock back. Yes, its missing moon rock.

This week, former Missouri Gov. and current U.S. senator Kit Bond's staff found the rock while sorting through memorabilia as he prepares to retire.

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MO Statehouse
5:46 pm
Wed December 22, 2010

State expected to collect about $7.3 billion next fiscal year

A worker uses a Bobcat to clear the walkways to the Missouri State Capitol building on February 9, 2010. Agreement on the state's projected revenue was reached today. (Bill Greenblatt/UPI)

Governor Jay Nixon and the chairmen of the state House and Senate appropriations committee have come to an agreement on the amount of money available for the budget year that starts in June 2011 (FY 2012).

The projected revenue estimate is made every December, and is the figure the governor and lawmakers use to craft budget proposals.

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Education
5:25 pm
Fri December 17, 2010

Committee recommends merging Missouri's education departments

The Thomas Jefferson statue stands on the steps of the Missouri State Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Missouri on December 3, 2010. (Bill Greenblatt, UPI)

A special Missouri Senate committee is recommending that the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education be merged with the Department of Higher Education.

The proposal was one of several announced today that Senate leaders say will improve education in Missouri. Republican David Pearce of Warrensburg says combining the two will have benefits beyond cost savings.

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Election 2012
5:51 pm
Thu December 16, 2010

Mo. Governor Nixon confirms he'll run for re-election

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon smiles as he delivers the annual State of the State address in the House of Represenatives chambers in the State Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Missouri on January 20, 2010.
(Bill Greenblatt, UPI)

UPDATED 5:51 p.m. Dec. 16, 2010:

Looks like Governor Nixon is comfortable in the top spot in Jefferson City - he's confirmed that he'll seek re-election in 2012.

Though Nixon confirmed his intentions with a "Yea" to the Associated Press today, his campaign says he's already raised about $1 million since the Nov. 2 elections, and Nixon said he's "committed" to running, he could still follow the precedent of former Republican Gov. Matt Blunt.

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Tax Credit Report
5:25 pm
Wed December 15, 2010

Incoming Mo. House Speaker critical of tax credit report

Mo. House Speaker-Elect Steven Tilley (R, Perryville)
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

The incoming Speaker of the Missouri House is again voicing doubts about a report that recommends eliminating nearly half of the state’s tax credit programs.

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Missouri Rx
3:14 pm
Tue December 14, 2010

Nixon calls for Missouri prescription program for seniors, disabled to continue

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon outlines how he will ask the General Assembly to reauthorize Missouri Rx, the state program that provides prescription drug assistance to low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities, for five more years.
Bill Greenblatt UPI

Often programs called "important" and "a blessing" by lawmakers on both sides of the isle aren't in much danger of elimination, but this time might be different.

207,000 low-income seniors and disabled people in Missouri participate in the Missouri Rx prescription drug assistance program. Well, at least until it expires in August 2011.

Unless the Missouri General Assembly reauthorizes it.

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