Politics & Issues

MO Statehouse
3:15 pm
Fri March 4, 2011

GOP lawmakers want Nixon to release more school bus funding

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Republican leaders in the Missouri House are calling on Governor Jay Nixon (D) to release more funding for school buses.

The challenge follows Thursday’s news that state revenue collections are up by more than six percent since July of last year. 

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MO Statehouse
7:23 pm
Thu March 3, 2011

Mo. House passes funeral protest bill

Missouri Capitol
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House has passed legislation to limit where and when funeral protesters can demonstrate.

The action comes despite this week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that threw out a lawsuit against a fundamentalist church that holds protests at military funerals.

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MO Statehouse
7:09 pm
Thu March 3, 2011

Mo. House passes minimum wage restriction

Legislation that would bar the state minimum wage from exceeding the federal rate has passed the Missouri House

A ballot initiative passed in 2006 raised Missouri’s minimum wage to $6.50 an hour and tied future increases to the rate of inflation.

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Jay Nixon
5:56 pm
Thu March 3, 2011

No plans to scale back air travel for Nixon

Despite a campaign ad attacking the practice, Governor Jay Nixon says he has no plans to scale back his air travel.

Earlier this week the Missouri Republican State Committee began airing radio spots criticizing the Democratic governor’s air travel, dubbing him “Air Jay.”

Governor Nixon also has come under fire from the legislature and the state’s auditor, for billing state agencies for his trips on state planes, about $400,000 over two years.

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MO Statehouse
4:52 pm
Thu March 3, 2011

Filibuster against federal unemployment benefits continues in Mo. Senate

State Sen. Jim Lembke (R, Lemay) is leading the filibuster.
Mo. Senate

A group of Republicans in the Missouri Senate is still blocking a bill that would allow the state to receive $81 million in federal unemployment benefits.

But the bill's supporters say Missouri hasn't lost out yet, despite today's deadline for getting it passed.

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MO Statehouse
3:20 pm
Thu March 3, 2011

Mo. revenue up 6.2 percent over previous year

Missouri budget officials say higher collections of sales and income taxes helped fuel a 6.2 percent increase in state revenue through the first eight months of the fiscal year.

The Office of Administration reported Thursday that:

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Mo. Tax Amnesty
2:21 pm
Thu March 3, 2011

Mo. House approves tax amnesty legislation

Updating you on a story about the first vote yesterday, the Missouri House has, with their second vote today, approved legislation to allow for a tax amnesty period.

Delinquent Missouri taxpayers would get a chance to pay off their debts without owing penalties or interest under the legislation.

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MO Statehouse
7:11 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Mo. Senate filibuster blocking $81 million in unemployment benefits

Mo. Senator Jim Lembke (R, Lemay)
Mo. Senate

Some Republicans in the Missouri Senate are blocking legislation to draw down $81 million in federal unemployment benefits.

The funding would go to Missouri residents who've been out of work for more than 79 weeks, and a State House bill authorizing the draw down must be passed by Thursday or else the money will go to other states.

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MO Statehouse
4:47 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Mo. House committee considers 3 texting bills

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A Missouri House committee heard three bills today that would extend the state's texting-while-driving ban to all motorists.

But the bills differ in how the law would be enforced.

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Mo. Tax Amnesty
2:22 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Missouri House endorses tax amnesty period

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Missouri House members have endorsed legislation to offer amnesty to delinquent taxpayers.

The measure would waive interest and penalties for those who pay their tax bills between Aug. 1 and Oct. 31. Supporters estimate the measure could bring in as much as $74 million to the state. Plus, they say it would give individuals and companies an opportunity to wipe their slate clean.

The legislation gained first-round approval Wednesday and needs another vote before moving to the Senate.

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