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.
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.
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.
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.
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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