Will Kraus

On the Trail
11:20 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Five Questions To Ask In Legislative Session's Waning Weeks

With about a month left before legislators adjourn, some key story lines still haven't reached a conclusion.
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With roughly a month left to go before adjournment, many of the Missouri General Assembly’s big issues remain unresolved.  

That’s not too surprising. Big-ticket legislation often passes – or dies -- in the last weeks of the session. With about a month to go before the final gavel falls, legislation dealing with tax cuts, the state’s criminal code and the student transfer situation are all still up in the air.

The resolution of some conflicts could hinge on unity from Republicans who control the legislature, while others may fall along less predictable fault lines. 

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Tax Cuts
7:23 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Missouri Senate Passes $620 Million Tax Cut Bill

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The Missouri Senate passed a tax cut bill, after two different versions were blocked by Republicans who opposed a compromise between the GOP sponsor and Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat.

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Housing
9:01 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Under The Microscope: Questioning Low-Income Housing Tax Credit's Impact And Future

Beyond Housing's Chris Krehmeyer stands in a vacant unit inside Rosie Shields Manor in Pagedale. Krehmeyer's group has developed a number of projects using the low-income housing tax credit, which is under increasing attack in Jefferson City.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

Carl Miles' apartment at Rosie Shields Manor has everything he could want in a home – and then some. 

Miles’ spacious room has sleek wood-like floors and a modern-looking kitchen. He’s within walking distance of a bank and grocery store. And he can even throw parties in the Pagedale facility’s community room or common area – with management’s permission, of course.

“It’s wonderful. It’s a wonderful place to live,” said Miles, who is 70 and retired. “It’s got a lot of security. The people are generally pretty friendly. We socialize a lot. And we have a pretty good time.”

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Tax Cuts/Tax Credits
11:39 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Tax Cut Bill Changes Focus To Tax Credit Reform, Sparks GOP Fight

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A proposed tax cut that conformed to conditions laid out by Gov. Jay Nixon was radically altered Monday in an effort to move the overall proposal forward.

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Tax Credits
4:57 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Missouri House Sends Tax Credit Overhaul To Senate; Would Cut Preservation, Housing

Rep. Anne Zerr, R-St. Charles, House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, Rep. Noel Torpey, R-Jackson County and Speaker Pro Tem Denny Hoskins, R-Warrensburg, speak to the press.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House passed legislation on Thursday curtailing two of the state’s largest tax credit programs. 

State Rep. Anne Zerr’s bill would reduce the historic preservation tax credit’s cap to $90 million from $140 million. That program helps refurbish older buildings and has been used extensively throughout St. Louis.

The bill would also gradually reduce the cap on the tax credit for low-income housing to $110 million from $140 million. That credit provides an incentive for developers to build housing for the working poor, elderly and disabled.

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Tax Cuts
4:48 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Missouri Senate Begins Debate On Nixon's Tax Cut Compromise

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Senate has begun debate on a compromise tax cut brokered last month between Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, and state Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee's Summit.

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Tax Cuts
2:59 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Tax Cut Debate Underway In Missouri Senate

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Debate has begun in the Missouri Senate on this year's attempt to cut the state's income tax rate.

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Voter Photo ID
7:58 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Opponents Of Photo ID Dominate State Senate Hearing On Bill

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A Missouri Senate committee heard testimony Monday on the latest effort by Republicans to require voters to show photo identification at the polls.

The proposal comes in two pieces of legislation:  Senate Joint Resolution 31 would amend the state constitution to allow for photo ID requirements at the polls, and Senate Bill 511 would implement those requirements.  

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Tax cuts
4:35 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

No Support Yet For A Mo. Special Session On Tax Cut Legislation

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

So far, there has not been a ground swell of support for the idea of a special legislative session in Missouri to pass an alternate version of the tax cut bill vetoed earlier this year by Governor Jay Nixon (D).

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Politics
3:18 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Emails Show Nixon Administration Involvement In Accidental Medicine Tax

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon on Aug. 26th, 2009.
Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Updated 5:02 p.m. May 31

Newly released emails show that Gov. Jay Nixon's administration and legislative bill drafters each had a role in crafting an apparently inadvertent tax increase on prescription medications.

The prescription tax hike is included in a bill passed by the Legislature that cuts the state's income tax. Nixon has indicated he may veto the bill.

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