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Nearly 100 activists rallied for immigration reform outside the federal courthouse in St. Louis this morning, calling on the U.S. House of Representatives to vote on a new immigration reform bill (HR 15.)
The bipartisan bill passed the Senate this summer and includes a pathway to citizenship and tougher border security, but has yet to be brought to a vote in the House.
Missouri's revenue picture continues to improve for the current fiscal year.
As of July 1st, Missouri's tax collections have increased by 2.5 percent over what they were at this time a year ago, from $2.42 billion to $2.48 billion. Individual income tax collections are up by 3.8 percent, while corporate and franchise tax collections have risen by 26.4 percent. Sales tax collections since July 1st have increased to nearly $645 million.
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.
Former Mo. Senator Jane Cunningham joins us on this week's show. Cunningham discusses how her district was lost with redistricting, and what she's been up to since. She recently won a contentious race for the Monarch Fire Board, and tells us about her public fights with the local union.