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 show, Mo. Senator Joe Keaveny joins us. Keaveny has been meeting with fellow senators on the school transfer situation, and fills us in on what preliminary changes could be possible. We also discuss the prospect of Medicaid expansion in this session or next, as well as what changes would have to be made to the program.
The chair of a Missouri House interim committee on Medicaid has offered the beginnings of a potential plan to overhaul the system.
It includes expanding Medicaid coverage to around 225,000 adults while eliminating or reducing coverage for children and blind adults eligible for federally subsidized insurance policies. State Representative Jay Barnes (R, Jefferson City) says the potential changes could save the state around $42 million by the time they're fully implemented.
Companies and other organizations with an interest in Missouri state government hire lobbyists to influence policy in Jefferson City. State law requires lobbyists to disclose how much they spend in the process, listing which officials received benefits, such as free meals, professional sports tickets, trips and other gifts.
Lobbying Missouri, a new reporting partnership of St. Louis Public Radio and NPR, provides an interactive way to follow the money.
An agreement has been reached between the Nixon Administration and Jefferson City on paying for cleanup and renovations at the old Missouri State Penitentiary.
City officials had been conducting both historic and paranormal tours of the former prison site as part of a major tourism push, but they were canceled in September after high levels of mold were discovered. Governor Jay Nixon (D) told reporters Wednesday that cleanup costs will be around $2 million, and that the state will foot half the bill.
Missouri Rep. Steve Webb, a Democrat from North St. Louis County, was charged Wednesday with numerous counts of campaign finance violations. Webb is facing considerable pressure from his party to step down, but has not decided if he will resign.
The misdemeanor charges against Webb are for repeatedly failing to disclose campaign contributions and expenditures.