Politics & Issues

State of Missouri Budget
2:06 pm
Fri June 10, 2011

Nixon signs, and cuts, FY2012 Mo. budget

An interior view of the dome at the Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo. Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon has cut $172 million from the state budget today, including cuts to education.
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Governor Jay Nixon (D) has signed Missouri’s $23 billion budget for the next fiscal year into law – but he’s also slashed $172 million from the spending plan that takes effect July first.

Nixon says the cuts are needed not only to keep the state budget balanced, but to also help cover storm damage costs.

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MoDOT restructuring
5:24 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

Mixed reactions to MoDOT downsizing decision

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Updated 6:20 am Friday to correct layoff number.

Wednesday’s vote by state highway commissioners to downsize the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is meeting with criticism from the state’s leading agricultural lobby.

Missouri Farm Bureau officials say the 30-day notice given to the public about the plan was too short to allow for a full examination and for citizen comments.

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MoDOT restructuring
5:02 pm
Tue June 7, 2011

Transportation commissioners to consider MoDOT restructuring plan

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The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission meets tomorrow to consider a proposal to restructure the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) over the next five years.   

The controversial plan calls for laying off 1,200 MoDOT workers, closing 135 facilities and selling off 740 pieces of equipment.

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Missouri House of Representatives
3:51 pm
Tue June 7, 2011

Mo. House panel formed after natural disasters

The chambers of the Missouri House of Representatives.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A newly created House committee will examine whether a special legislative session is needed to assist in the recovery from a deadly tornado in Joplin and flooding in southeastern Missouri.

The House Interim Committee on Disaster Recovery was to make its recommendation by the end of July. The committee also was tasked with examining long-term recovery strategies and ways for Missouri to be better prepared for future natural disasters.

A report with those findings was to be submitted by the end of the year.

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Missouri River flooding
5:27 pm
Mon June 6, 2011

Major flooding possible along Missouri River this summer

Current water elevations on the Missouri River climb near a temporary emergency levee at Fort Pierre, S.D. on June 4.
(Via Flickr/USACEPublicAffairs/By Carlos J. Lazo)

Cities and towns along the Missouri River should begin preparing for major flooding in the next few weeks, according to federal officials.

The high water levels on the Missouri in the upper Great Plains are being blamed on a near-year’s worth of rainfall in a few week’s time -- and 140 percent more snowfall in the areas of the Rocky Mountains adjacent to the Missouri River basin.

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Missouri Tax Revenue
11:24 am
Thu June 2, 2011

Mo. tax revenue 2.7 percent higher than last year

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Missouri tax revenue is higher than last year, but a dip in individual income tax collections last month has prompted some concern.

Eleven months through the current budget year, revenue has increased from last year by 2.7 percent to $6.5 billion. However, the state Office of Administration reported Thursday that individual income tax collections were down 1.4 percent from May 2011 to May 2010.

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Missouri Vehicle Stops Report
11:15 am
Wed June 1, 2011

Report: Mo. black drivers stopped more frequently

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Black motorists were more likely than others to be stopped by Missouri police last year.

An annual report released Wednesday by the attorney general found that black drivers were 69 percent more likely than white motorists to be pulled over in 2010.

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Missouri Redistricting
7:09 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

St. Louis area senators raise concerns about redistricting maps

The Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The two state Senators who represent the bulk of St. Louis city are continuing to express concerns about a proposed state legislative district map that splits the city into a northern and southern half.

The city is currently divided along a line that travels roughly along Grand Avenue. That, says Democratic state Senator Robin Wright-Jones, makes both the districts very diverse.

The proposed map, she says, resets 40 years of battling racial divisions.

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MO Statehouse
4:59 pm
Thu May 19, 2011

Mo. State Senator asks for special session on nuclear site bill

A freshman State Senator wants Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) to call a special legislative session to approve a site permit for a second nuclear power plant.

Mike Kehoe (R, Jefferson City) carried the issue in the Senate this year.  He sent a letter to the governor requesting a special session.

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MO Statehouse
5:25 pm
Wed May 18, 2011

Mo. education leader rates 2011 session

Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro
(Mo. Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education)

Missouri’s top K-12 education official is giving lawmakers mixed grades on the just-completed legislative session.

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