Tim Jones

Politics & Issues
5:14 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Why The General Assembly Is Battling Over Right To Work

Monday's right-to-work hearing attracted a packed house
Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The first full week of the Missouri’s General Assembly is officially underway, and already the focus has shifted away from the expected topics – tax cuts and Medicaid expansion – and landed smack dab in the midst of a potentially bruising battle over labor rights.

The fight offers the potential of overshadowing other legislative issues for weeks, if not months.

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Tax Cuts
10:28 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Missouri House Democrats Propose Alternate Tax Cut Plan

Surrounded by fellow House Democrats, State Rep. Jon Carpenter of Gladstone discusses his tax cut bill.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Democrats in the Missouri House unveiled on Monday their proposal to cut taxes, as Republican leaders prepare to attempt another major tax cut.

Currently, the top state income tax rate in Missouri is 6 percent.  The Democrats' proposal, House Bill 1328, would lower that rate to 4 percent for residents earning $30,000 a year or less.  Those earning just over $30,000 up to $300,000 a year would still pay a 6 percent rate, while the rate for those earning more than $300,000 a year would rise to 8 percent.  The bill is sponsored by state Rep. Jon Carpenter, D-Gladstone.

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Politics & Issues
11:30 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

As Session Opens, Missouri Legislature May Refight Old Battles But Resolve Some New Ones

Missouri state capitol
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

As the Missouri General Assembly prepares to open on Wednesday for its five-month session, those involved – in and out of the state Capitol – say the big unknown about this year’s proceedings centers on one major question:

Will the session be about the past – the continued debates over Medicaid expansion and tax cuts? Or will it be controlled by new matters – notably, the unrest over student transfers from failed districts and the looming 2014 elections?

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Politics & Issues
11:33 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Missouri House Speaker Launches Tour to Promote 2014 Agenda

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones
Credit Tim Bommel, Mo. House Communications

Despite the bad weather,  Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones hit the road early Thursday to begin his three-day tour through southern Missouri to highlight his “4G Agenda” for the new legislative session, which begins next week.

Jones’ planned focus includes revisiting the tax cuts that dominated much of the 2013 session as well as his push to revamp public education, promote energy production and examine such issues as “right to work,’’ which bars unions and employers from requiring all workers to become members when a majority votes for union representation.

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Same-sex Marriage
2:48 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Same-Sex Married Couples Living In Mo. Will Be Able To File Joint State Tax Returns

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (D).
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has issued an executive order directing the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) to accept jointly filed state income tax returns from same-sex married couples living in the Show-Me State.

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Second Amendment
5:56 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Koster Opposing Bill That Could Nullify Federal Gun Laws In Mo.

Mo. Attorney General Chris Koster.
(Official Portrait, Missouri Attorney General's office)

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is siding with fellow Democrat, Governor Jay Nixon, in opposition to legislation that would challenge the federal government's ability to enforce federal gun laws in Show-Me State.

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Politically Speaking
12:16 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Politically Speaking: Speaker Jones On The Income Tax And Gun Nullification Bills

House Speaker Tim Jones appears on the Politically Speaking podcast.
Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Beacon.

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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Income Tax Bill
11:55 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Attempt At Override Of Income Tax Veto Unlikely, Speaker Says

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon (left) and Speaker of the House Tim Jones (right)
via Kristi Luther and Tim Bommel, Mo. House Communications.

The income tax bill that would eventually reduce income tax rates by about a half of a percent is likely to not be brought up in veto session next month, according to Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones (R-Eureka).

Appearing on St. Louis Public Radio's and the St. Louis Beacon's Politically Speaking podcast, Jones said he currently doesn't have the votes necessary for an override of the governor's veto.

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Politics
12:49 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Mo. House Chief Ends Subpoenas For Gov's Staff

Tim Bommel, Mo. House Communications

Missouri's top House official has dropped an attempt to subpoena members of Gov. Jay Nixon's administration to testify before a committee he created.

House Speaker Tim Jones had subpoenaed five current Nixon staffers and his former Revenue Department director to testify about changes that were made in Missouri's procedures for issuing driver's licenses.

The six people all declined to appear as directed by the subpoenas last month, and a Cole County judge temporarily blocked the subpoenas from being enforced.

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Medicaid
2:55 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Mo. House Speaker Announces Formation Of Two Committees On Medicaid

Mo. House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) formally announces the formation of two interim committees on Medicaid on June 20th, 2013.
Tim Bommel, Mo. House Communications

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones on Thursday formally announced the creation of two interim committees that will look at ways to reform the state's Medicaid system.

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