Politics & Issues

Income Tax Bill
4:35 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Credit Rating Agencies Express Concern Over Missouri Income Tax Bill

Krisi Luther, St. Louis Public Radio.

Credit rating agencies warn that allowing a Missouri income tax bill to become law could have a negative impact on the state's credit rating.

“We believe that if the Missouri legislature overrides the governor’s veto and enacts the legislation, and the federal government passes the Marketplace Fairness Act, it has the potential to result in a significant financial impact to the state, despite requirements for the maintenance of a balanced budget," Standard & Poor's wrote.

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Politics
12:18 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Illinois State Rep. Mike Bost To Seek Enyart's Congressional Seat

Illinois State Rep. Mike Bost of Murphysboro.
(Illinois General Assembly website)

A longtime Illinois state lawmaker says he's running for a southern Illinois congressional seat.

State Rep. Mike Bost of Murphysboro won't seek re-election in the state's 115th District and instead will pursue the 12th Congressional District seat. 

The Republican has been a state lawmaker for 18 years.

The U.S. House seat Bost will pursue is held by Democrat Bill Enyart, who was elected last November and announced in May he'll be seeking another two-year term.

The 12th District stretches from the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis to the state's southernmost tip.

Drought
7:00 am
Sun July 28, 2013

Drought Still A Threat To Missouri This Year

The latest U.S. drought monitor map, as of July 23, 2013.
Nat. Drought Mitigation Ctr., Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln

Missouri's overall drought picture is vastly improved this summer over what it was during last year's extreme heat and dry conditions.

Still, drought remains an immediate threat to portions of the Show-Me State. Mark Fuchs is a hydrologist with the National Weather Service office in St. Louis.

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Downsizing State Govt.
4:21 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Mo. House Committee On Downsizing State Govt. Submits Findings To Speaker

Mo. State Rep. Paul Curtman (R, Pacific)
Mo. House Communications

The chair of a Missouri House committee looking at ways to downsize state government says they've handed off their findings to the Speaker's office.

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MetroLink
3:11 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

St. Louis' MetroLink Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary

File photo | Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Politicians and MetroLink officials celebrated the 20th anniversary of the light rail system Friday at its Grand station stop.

The light-rail system opened in 1993 with an investment of a little more than $460 million, with about 75 percent of that coming from the Federal Transit Authority.

Former Illinois Congressman Jerry Costello was instrumental in garnering the funds for creating the MetroLink. He said 20 years ago, nobody at the federal level thought it would be successful.

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Mo. Technology Corporation
5:28 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Audit Of Mo. Technology Corporation Cites Lack Of Documentation For Admin. Costs

The Truman Building in Jefferson City, which houses the MTC and the Mo. Dept. of Economic Development.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A state-run nonprofit corporation needs to improve its transparency, according to an audit released Thursday.

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Politics
4:37 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Politically Speaking: Sen. Walsh On School Transfers And The Income Tax Bill In Veto-Session

Discussion of school transfers from Normandy to Francis Howell.
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.

 

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DOR/Conceal Carry Controversy
7:04 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Former Mo. DOR Director Appears Before House Committee Investigating Scanning Controversy

Former Mo. DOR Dir. Alana Barragan-Scott testifies before the Mo. House Privacy Protection committee on July 24, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The final day of hearings into the Department of Revenue's now-defunct policy of scanning and storing documents of driver's license applicants featured the agency's former director answering questions under oath.

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Politics
1:48 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

St. Charles Residents To Choose From Fifth Street Gateway Project Options

Credit (via Flickr/kla4067)

Pedestrians using Fifth Street in St. Charles may see more accessible streets in their future.

Three different proposals of the Fifth Street Gateway Project will be presented at an open house Wednesday evening at St. John United Church of Christ at 5 p.m. 

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DOR/Conceal Carry Controversy
6:21 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Mo. House Committee Grills Nixon Officials Over Scanning Documents & Release Of Conceal-Carry List

Mo. Office of Admin. Commissioner Doug Nelson testifies before the Mo. House committee on Privacy Protection on July 23, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A Missouri House committee looking into the Department of Revenue's now-defunct policy of scanning documents of driver's license applicants is finally hearing from top officials from Governor Jay Nixon's office.

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