It appears so far that the Missouri Senate may no longer be the place where tax credits go to die.
In years past, proposed incentives for such things as historic preservation or amateur sporting events would have faced a filibuster threat from a group of fiscally conservative Republicans in the Senate. But the leaders of that group are gone due to term limits, and perhaps that’s why this year’s amateur sports incentives bill was allowed to receive a Senate floor vote. State Senator Will Kraus (R, Lee’s Summit) says the atmosphere has changed.
Jason Rosenbaum is back this week. He joins fellow St. Louis Beacon reporter Jo Mannies and Chris McDaniel of St. Louis Public Radio to discuss the week in politics.
On this week's show: the state of the State of the State, the realities of campaign finance in Missouri -- and the likelihood of an attempt to change it, and finally, the mayoral debate and Slay's spending spree.
Updated 2/1/13 9:44 with news that Senator Blunt will be voting "No" on former Senator Hagel. Updated 2/1/13 3:03 with additions throughout.
Missouri Senator Roy Blunt says it was a bad day for former Senator Chuck Hagel, as he appeared before the committee that will consider his nomination to be defense secretary. Bad enough that he will be voting against Hagel's nomination.
Colonel Ron Replogle told House budget writers that it was his idea to buy the $5.6 million aircraft. More than one committee member asked him about the quick timetable on the plane’s purchase, as the bid went out around December 6th and was awarded on the 17th. Replogle says Beechcraft was offering a discount on that particular King Air 250 because it was a year-old model.