Ari Shapiro is a White House correspondent for NPR.
His stories about ongoing political negotiations in Washington, D.C. are familiar to public radio listeners as is his recent guest hosting of Talk of the Nation.
Shapiro, a graduate of Yale University, began his journalism career in 2001 in the office of NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg. He would go on to cover the Justice Department and serve reporting stints in Atlanta, Miami and Boston. The award-winning journalist was the first NPR reporter to be promoted to correspondent before age thirty.
The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to a phased-in tax overhaul designed to help the Show-Me State compete with neighboring Kansas, which recently slashed its tax rates.
Senate Bill 26 would lower state income taxes for individuals and corporations by three-quarters of a percentage point while raising the state sales tax by half a point. Both would be phased in over a five-year period. State Senator Will Kraus (R, Lee’s Summit) says it would result in a revenue loss of around $450 million a year.
Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky.
In his annual budget address today, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn laid the blame on the General Assembly for forcing him to cut spending on schools and other key state priorities. Quinn says the cost of pensions is "squeezing" Illinois' finances, to the point that he's calling for a $400 million hit to education.
Lawyers for Missouri's governor and auditor are battling before the state Supreme Court over the governor's power to make spending cuts.
The Supreme Court was to hear arguments Wednesday on the constitutionality of about $170 million of budget cuts announced by Gov. Jay Nixon in June 2011 and challenged by Auditor Tom Schweich.
The case is an appeal of a July decision by a Cole County judge, who ruled that Nixon had a legal right to cut spending but also said that Nixon should not have been able to transfer money among various budgeted purposes.
Francis Slay is now poised to win a fourth term as mayor of St. Louis.
Slay walked away with the Democratic primary on Tuesday, beating Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed and former Alderman Jimmie Matthews. Slay received 54 percent of the vote, Reed 44 percent and Matthews a little over one percent.