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Interim Committees
5:53 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Mo. Lawmakers Form Interim Committees To Work On Issues For 2014

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Lawmakers in Missouri will continue working on several issues this summer and fall in preparation for next year's legislative session.

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Politics
4:04 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Politically Speaking: Two Vetoes And Missouri's 8th Race

Nixon vetoes SB 267 in St. Louis.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon’s Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week’s politics.

On this week's episode: a "feisty" Governor Jay Nixon vetoes two pieces of legislation, and we discuss the chances of an override. Then we turn to the Eighth district to sum up the recently concluded election, and what the future holds for newly-elected Congressman Jason Smith.

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Politics
4:44 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

How The Income Tax Cut Issue Extends Beyond Nixon's Veto - And His State

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Governor Jay Nixon vetoed legislation Wednesday that would have cut Missouri’s income tax rates for the first time in 90 years.

The Republican-led General Assembly passed the bill in large part pointing to neighboring Kansas which already has slashed its personal and corporate income taxes.

But as St. Louis Public Radio’s Maria Altman reports, the Democratic governor says the cuts would hurt Missouri education and other state services.

A 'Fiscally Irresponsible Experiment'

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Politics
3:13 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Mapped: How Did Jason Smith Win Tuesday's Special Election?

Courtesy of Jason Smith's campaign.

Reporting by KRCU's Jacob McCleland contributed to this piece.

Republican Jason Smith easily won a special election on Tuesday to fill Jo Ann Emerson’s vacant seat in the US House of Representatives.

It was a strong night for Smith, as the 32-year old Missouri House speaker pro tem cruised past Democratic rival Steve Hodges 67 percent to 27 percent.

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MO Statehouse
11:43 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Nixon Vetoes 'Fiscally Irresponsible' Income Tax Measure

Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed a Republican-backed plan that would implement corporate and individual income tax rates.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated at 4:45 p.m. with responses from House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) and Mo. Senator Will Kraus (R, Lee's Summit).

Citing a lack of "fundamental fairness," Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that would have reduced Missouri's income tax rates for the first time in more than 90 years.

The  bill would have gradually reduced corporate and individual income tax rates while also creating a new deduction for business income reported on individual income taxes.

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Price Gouging
6:56 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Mo. Atty. Gen.'s Office Looking Into Price Gouging And Scam Reports After Tornadoes Last Week

A storm damaged neighborhood in southern St. Charles County
Tim Lloyd, St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Attorney General's office is warning the public to be on guard against price gouging following last week's round of tornadoes and thunderstorms that pounded the St. Louis area.

Joe Bindbeutel is Chief Counsel of the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division.  He says so far they've received some second-hand reports of price gouging.

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Missouri State Revenues
5:18 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Missouri Revenue Growth Slows A Bit, But Still Trending Upwards

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Revenue collections in Missouri slowed a bit last month, but continued their overall upward trend.

From July of 2012 through the end of May, the state took in $7.3 billion in revenues, an increase of 10.4 percent from May of 2012.  The year-to-date increase from April of this year, though, was 11.2 percent.  Missouri Budget Director Linda Luebbering blames it on a drop in sales tax collections.

"People are still a little bit concerned about spending a lot of money, given the economy and the uncertainty at the national level," Luebbering said.

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Politics
5:07 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Lobbyist Gifts To Mo. Legislators Exceed $600,000

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April was a good month for legislators hoping to receive freebies from lobbyists, showing a sharp uptick from the previous month in gifts, according to the most recent lobbyist disclosures.

The grand total for gifts so far is $619,157. Once again, the vast majority (75%) of the gifts for this month were to groups and committees instead of individual legislators. As we've detailed before, it's a practice that hides the true recipient of the gift.

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Politics
5:07 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Nixon Vetoes Nieves' So-Called 'Sharia-law Bill'

Republican Mo. Senator Brian Nieves.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

Governor Jay Nixon vetoed legislation Monday that was aimed at curtailing foreign laws in Missouri. Although the bill didn’t explicitly say the word in its pages, detractors commonly referred to it as the “anti-Sharia law bill.”

Speaking in St. Louis at the Lutheran Family and Children’s Services, the Democratic governor referred to it as pointless “demagoguery.”

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Politics
4:42 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Nixon Emphatically Denies Administration's Role In Accidental Medicine Tax Language

Nixon in St. Louis at the Lutheran Family and Children’s Services.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Governor Jay Nixon (D) strongly denied allegations Monday that his administration had a role in the language of a bill that would inadvertently cause a sales tax hike on prescription drugs in Missouri.

Last week, Nixon sent out a press release condemning an income tax bill passed by Republicans that would have accidentally caused a sales tax increase due to an accidental bracket.

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