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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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Dept. of Revenue/Conceal Carry
4:42 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Mo. Lawmakers Send Bill To Gov. Nixon That Bans DOR From Scanning Driver's License Documents

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Legislation is on its way to Governor Jay Nixon (D) that would forbid the Missouri Department of Revenue from scanning and storing source documents of driver's license and non-driver's license applicants.

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Tax Cuts
5:18 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Proposed Tax Cut Scaled Back By Mo. Senate Republicans

Mo. Capitol at night
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Republicans in the Missouri Senate have scaled back a proposal to cut state taxes in order to emulate tax cuts in neighboring Kansas and Oklahoma.


Governor Jay Nixon (D) has strongly objected to the bill's sales tax hike, saying it would hurt the poor and elderly the most.  That provision has been dropped.  House Bill 253 would now cut the personal income tax rate by half a percentage point and the corporate rate by three points, and phase them both in over the next 10 years.  Republican Will Kraus of Lee’s Summit is handling the measure in the Senate.

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Dept. of Revenue/Conceal carry
6:39 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Mo. Senate Gives 1st-Round Approval To Bill Barring DOR From Scanning Source Documents

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to legislation that would prohibit the Department of Revenue (DOR) from scanning and storing source documents for driver’s license, conceal-carry, and other applications.

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Tax Cuts
5:44 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

House Committee Hears Mo. Senate Bill To Cut Income Tax & Raise Sales Tax

Mo. House Ways & Means Committee hears testimony on SB26, which would cut the state's income tax while raising the sales tax.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Legislation that would cut Missouri’s income tax while raising the sales tax was examined today by a State House committee.

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tax cuts
5:55 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Mo. Senate Endorses Tax Cut Legislation

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to a phased-in tax overhaul designed to help the Show-Me State compete with neighboring Kansas, which recently slashed its tax rates.


Senate Bill 26 would lower state income taxes for individuals and corporations by three-quarters of a percentage point while raising the state sales tax by half a point.  Both would be phased in over a five-year period.  State Senator Will Kraus (R, Lee’s Summit) says it would result in a revenue loss of around $450 million a year.

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EBT cards
6:38 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Locations Accepting EBT Cards Would Be Strictly Limited Under Mo. Senate Bill

State Senators Will Kraus (R, Lee's Summit) and Maria Chapelle-Nadal (D, University City) discuss SB 251, which would restrict where EBT cards can be used.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Legislation is moving through the Missouri Senate that would strictly limit where Electronic Benefits Transfer, or EBT cards, can be used in the state.

State Senator Will Kraus (R, Lee’s Summit) is sponsoring Senate Bill 251.  He says a new federal law that just took effect will ban EBT card use in casinos, liquor stores and adult entertainment venues.

“We’re taking that federal law (and) putting (it) into state statute," Kraus said.  "But we’re also adding a few places that we think these cards shouldn’t be used at:  amusement parks, entertainment events, athletic events, (or) to purchase alcohol, tobacco (or) lottery tickets.”

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Do-Not-Call registry
8:47 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Mo. Senate endorses adding cell phone numbers to No-Call list

Mo. Capitol
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to legislation that would add cell phone numbers to the state’s Do-Not-Call list.

There was little to no debate on the bill Monday and it was easily approved by voice-vote.  The sponsor, State Senator Will Kraus (R, Lee's Summit), says the measure has failed in recent years because it was always paired with proposals to ban robo-calls.

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Morning round-up
9:32 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Morning headlines: Thursday, January 26, 2012

The St. Louis Arch.
Flickr/jdnx

Gateway Arch project may not be finished by anniversary

The 50th anniversary of the Gateway Arch is three years away, but the project to improve and expand the grounds by then may not be finished on time.

Walter Metcalfe, director of the CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation, which is leading the effort, says it's more important to get it right than to get it done in time for the anniversary.

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Illegal immigration
4:46 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

Enforcement of immigration laws in Mo. at issue in to-be-debated bill

Mo. Capitol
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Legislation to be considered by lawmakers next year would require Missouri’s Attorney General to sue the federal government to enforce federal immigration laws.

The bill is sponsored by GOP Senator Will Kraus.  He says whenever state or local authorities arrest someone who happens to be in the US illegally, the feds release that person about 60 percent of the time.

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