Marshall Griffin http://kbia.org en Would 'Right To Farm' Ballot Question Protect Family Farms Or Ag Corporations? http://kbia.org/post/would-right-farm-ballot-question-protect-family-farms-or-ag-corporations Do Missouri’s farmers and ranchers need a constitutional amendment to continue their way of life, or does current law offer enough protection? That’s the debate surrounding one of the five ballot measures Missouri voters will decide next month. Supporters and opponents are campaigning and spending money on efforts to both pass and kill the proposal that could limit regulations on farming and ranching.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit / Véronique LaCapra, St. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:44:30 +0000 Marshall Griffin 55730 at http://kbia.org Would 'Right To Farm' Ballot Question Protect Family Farms Or Ag Corporations? Nixon Cuts More Than $1 Billion From FY2015 State Budget http://kbia.org/post/nixon-cuts-more-1-billion-fy2015-state-budget <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon briefing reporters on cuts to FY2015 state budget." data-attribution="Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201406/6-24-2014%2C_Nixon_announces_cuts_prior_to_signing_budget.JPG" alt="" /><p><em>Updated at 3:57 p.m. with reaction from House Budget Chair Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood.</em><p><em>Updated at 3:21 p.m. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:42:44 +0000 Marshall Griffin 55077 at http://kbia.org Nixon Cuts More Than $1 Billion From FY2015 State Budget 'Right To Farm' Opponents Stage Rally At Missouri Capitol http://kbia.org/post/right-farm-opponents-stage-rally-missouri-capitol <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Around 50 people took part Thursday in a rally opposing the &quot;Right to Farm&quot; constitutional amendment that&#039;s on Missouri&#039;s August 5th ballot." data-attribution="Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 11:19:43 +0000 Marshall Griffin 54879 at http://kbia.org 'Right To Farm' Opponents Stage Rally At Missouri Capitol Missouri Development Finance Board Approves $15 Million In Tax Credits For Museum Under Gateway Arch http://kbia.org/post/missouri-development-finance-board-approves-15-million-tax-credits-museum-under-gateway-arch <span style="line-height: 1.5;">A state-run board has signed off on using tax credits to help cover the cost of renovating a museum on the grounds of the Gateway Arch.</span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Missouri Development Finance Board voted via conference call Tuesday for up to $15 million in incentives, which would be used to cover half the cost of private donations that total around $30 million. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:46:37 +0000 Marshall Griffin 54714 at http://kbia.org Missouri Development Finance Board Approves $15 Million In Tax Credits For Museum Under Gateway Arch Lawmaker Calls On Gov. Nixon To Preserve Dental Benefits In State Budget http://kbia.org/post/lawmaker-calls-gov-nixon-preserve-dental-benefits-state-budget <span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 10.5pt; line-height: 1.5;">A Missouri lawmaker is calling on Gov. Jay Nixon to preserve dental benefits for Medicaid recipients in next year's state budget when he signs the $26.4 billion spending plan into law later this month</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span><img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="State Rep. Sue Allen, R-Town and Country" data-attribution="Credit Mo. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 13:04:25 +0000 Marshall Griffin 54294 at http://kbia.org Lawmaker Calls On Gov. Nixon To Preserve Dental Benefits In State Budget 'Right-To-Farm' Tour Hits Jefferson City; Former Lt. Gov. Criticizes Proposal http://kbia.org/post/right-farm-tour-hits-jefferson-city-former-lt-gov-criticizes-proposal <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, speaks in favor of the &quot;right-to-farm&quot; constitutional amendment in Jefferson City." data-attribution="Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 12:33:22 +0000 Marshall Griffin 54016 at http://kbia.org 'Right-To-Farm' Tour Hits Jefferson City; Former Lt. Gov. Criticizes Proposal Missouri 'Right-To-Farm' Supporters Launch PR Campaign This Week http://kbia.org/post/missouri-right-farm-supporters-launch-pr-campaign-week <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit / Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201104/5-Angus_cattle_DSC_0586.JPG" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Supporters of the proposed "right to farm" amendment to the Missouri constitution will begin stumping for the proposal around the state this week.</span><p>Four members of Missouri's congressional delegation, all Republicans, are scheduled to rally support for the measure this week: U.S. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:29:30 +0000 Marshall Griffin 53932 at http://kbia.org Missouri 'Right-To-Farm' Supporters Launch PR Campaign This Week Lager Calls For Ethics Reform As He Prepares To Leave Missouri Senate http://kbia.org/post/lager-calls-ethics-reform-he-prepares-leave-missouri-senate <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah, is leaving the Missouri General Assembly later this year." data-attribution="Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Thu, 29 May 2014 14:03:51 +0000 Marshall Griffin 53716 at http://kbia.org Lager Calls For Ethics Reform As He Prepares To Leave Missouri Senate Student transfer fix sent to Governor Nixon http://kbia.org/post/student-transfer-fix-sent-governor-nixon <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The proposed student transfer fix is now on its way to Governor Jay Nixon.&nbsp; In addition to allowing individual school buildings to be accredited instead of districts as a whole, the bill would also allow some students to transfer from unaccredited public schools to private, nonsectarian schools.&nbsp; Republican Rick Stream of St. Louis County handled the bill in the House.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 21:57:34 +0000 Marshall Griffin 53016 at http://kbia.org Student transfer fix sent to Governor Nixon Fellow Democrats call on Nixon to pass controversial student-transfer bill http://kbia.org/post/fellow-democrats-call-nixon-pass-controversial-student-transfer-bill <p>The Missouri Senate has passed the final version of legislation designed to ease the burden of the state's school transfer law. It includes a provision that would end free transportation for transfer students -- a provision that would make it harder for students from failing schools to actually attend other districts.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 13:19:58 +0000 Marshall Griffin 52972 at http://kbia.org Fellow Democrats call on Nixon to pass controversial student-transfer bill Negotiations Completed Over Student Transfer Bill That Includes Private Option http://kbia.org/post/negotiations-completed-over-student-transfer-bill-includes-private-option <em><strong>(Updated at 6:12 p.m.)</strong></em><img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Gov. Jay Nixon prepares to address reporters in his office in the Capitol on May 13, 2014." data-attribution="Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Wed, 14 May 2014 13:31:51 +0000 Marshall Griffin 52913 at http://kbia.org Negotiations Completed Over Student Transfer Bill That Includes Private Option Nixon Allows Criminal Code Rewrite To Become Law http://kbia.org/post/nixon-allows-criminal-code-rewrite-become-law <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201405/Generic_Nixon_1-23-12_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;&#160;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Wed, 14 May 2014 13:27:52 +0000 Marshall Griffin 52912 at http://kbia.org Nixon Allows Criminal Code Rewrite To Become Law Missouri Senate tackles early voting, abortion bill and voter ID in final week of session http://kbia.org/post/missouri-senate-tackles-early-voting-abortion-bill-and-voter-id-final-week-session <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republicans in the Missouri Senate succeeded in passing two of their top priorities early Tuesday morning.</span></p> Tue, 13 May 2014 13:06:29 +0000 Marshall Griffin 52854 at http://kbia.org Missouri Senate tackles early voting, abortion bill and voter ID in final week of session House, Senate Negotiators Finish Work On Missouri Budget http://kbia.org/post/house-senate-negotiators-finish-work-missouri-budget <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Budget negotiators meet to hammer out final version of 12 remaining budget bills. At center of table, l-r, are Senate Appropriations Chair Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, and House Budget Chair Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood." data-attribution="Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Wed, 07 May 2014 13:14:48 +0000 Marshall Griffin 52576 at http://kbia.org House, Senate Negotiators Finish Work On Missouri Budget Missouri House Joins Senate To Override Veto Of Tax-Cut Bill http://kbia.org/post/missouri-senate-overrides-veto-tax-cut-bill-house-delays-vote-until-tuesday <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201405/Mo._Capitol_in_August.jpg" alt="" /><p>The Missouri House acted quickly Tuesday to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a tax-cut bill that is estimated to cut the state's revenue by about $620 million a year when fully implemented.<p>The House obtained the exact number of votes needed — 109 — with the help of one Democrat, Rep. Tue, 06 May 2014 14:13:42 +0000 Marshall Griffin 52522 at http://kbia.org Missouri House Joins Senate To Override Veto Of Tax-Cut Bill Impeachment Hearings Against Nixon Wrap Up, No Vote Yet http://kbia.org/post/impeachment-hearings-against-nixon-wrap-no-vote-yet <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="State Rep. Mike Moon, R-Ash Grove, answers questions regarding the article of impeachment he filed against Mo. Gov. Nixon." data-attribution="Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201404/4-30-2014%2C_Rep._Mike_Moon_answers_questions_on_his_article_of_impeachment.JPG" alt="" /><p>A Missouri House committee has wrapped up hearings into three articles of impeachment against <a href="http://governor.mo.gov/">Gov. Thu, 01 May 2014 12:57:50 +0000 Marshall Griffin 52260 at http://kbia.org Impeachment Hearings Against Nixon Wrap Up, No Vote Yet Missouri House Amends, Then Passes, Student Transfer Fix http://kbia.org/post/mo-house-amends-then-passes-student-transfer-fix <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Normandy schools have been heavily impacted by Missouri&#039;s student transfer law." data-attribution="Credit (via Google Maps screen capture)" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201109/NormandyHighGoogleMaps.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;</span>The Missouri House has passed an amended version of a Senate bill designed to lessen the impact of the state's student transfer law.<p><a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/14info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionTyp Thu, 01 May 2014 12:54:48 +0000 Marshall Griffin 52258 at http://kbia.org Missouri House Amends, Then Passes, Student Transfer Fix Missouri Senate Scales Back Transportation Sales Tax Proposal http://kbia.org/post/mo-senate-passes-scaled-backed-transportation-sales-tax-proposal <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="I-70 in Columbia" data-attribution="Credit via Flickr/KOMUnews" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201404/I-70_in_Columbia%2C_via_Flickr-KOMUnews_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Missouri Senate has passed a proposed constitutional amendment to create a temporary sales tax to fund transportation needs around the state, but not before scaling it back.</span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills141/biltx Wed, 30 Apr 2014 12:26:13 +0000 Marshall Griffin 52192 at http://kbia.org Missouri Senate Scales Back Transportation Sales Tax Proposal Senate passes state budget http://kbia.org/post/senate-passes-state-budget <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Missouri Senate passed the rest of the state budget Tuesday April 29, after taking care of the first 5 bills on Monday. &nbsp;Democrat Paul LeVota of Independence made an&nbsp;indirect attempt to expand Medicaid. He&nbsp;offered an amendment to create a line item in the Department of Social Services’ budget for extra Medicaid dollars to be drawn down if lawmakers ever decide to expand Medicaid.&nbsp; Republican Kurt Schaefer of Columbia opposed the amendment.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 22:39:14 +0000 Marshall Griffin 52169 at http://kbia.org Senate passes state budget Big City Mayors Speak Out Against Gun Nullification Bills At Missouri Capitol http://kbia.org/post/big-city-mayors-speak-out-against-gun-nullification-bills-missouri-capitol <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="(l-r) KC Mayor Sly James and STL Mayor Francis Slay appear at Mo. Capitol to speak out against effort by GOP lawmakers to pass gun control nullification legislation." data-attribution="Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201404/4-28-2014%2C_KC_Mayor_Sly_James_%26_STL_Mayor_Francis_Slay.JPG" alt="" /><p>The mayors of St. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:26:31 +0000 Marshall Griffin 52126 at http://kbia.org Big City Mayors Speak Out Against Gun Nullification Bills At Missouri Capitol Missouri Senate Passes Budget Bills For K-12, Higher Education http://kbia.org/post/missouri-senate-passes-budget-bills-k-12-higher-education <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:22:30 +0000 Marshall Griffin 52125 at http://kbia.org Missouri Senate Passes Budget Bills For K-12, Higher Education Budget, Student Transfers, Transportation Tax Fill Missouri Lawmakers' Plates This Week http://kbia.org/post/budget-student-transfers-transportation-tax-fill-missouri-lawmakers-plates-week <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit UPI/Bill Greenblatt" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201404/JCP2011032203_UPI-Bill_Greenblatt_0.jpg" alt="" /><p>It'll be a busy week for Missouri lawmakers as they enter the homestretch of the 2014 regular session.<p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">First, the Missouri Senate is scheduled this evening to begin debates on the 13 bills making up the state budget, and they may actually try to pass them all tonight, according to Appropriations ch Mon, 28 Apr 2014 13:14:18 +0000 Marshall Griffin 52059 at http://kbia.org Budget, Student Transfers, Transportation Tax Fill Missouri Lawmakers' Plates This Week Missouri lawmakers revise state criminal code http://kbia.org/post/missouri-lawmakers-revise-state-criminal-code <div style="color: rgb(40, 40, 40); font-family: 'Segoe UI WPC', 'Segoe UI', Tahoma, 'Microsoft Sans Serif', Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal; margin: 0px 0px 10pt;"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><font face="Arial,sans-serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">After several years of work and two major legislative pushes, Missouri lawmakers have finally passed legislation to update the state’s criminal code.&nbsp;</span></font></span></font></div><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:57:35 +0000 Marshall Griffin 51930 at http://kbia.org Missouri lawmakers revise state criminal code Impeachment Hearings Against Gov. Nixon Underway In Mo. House Committee http://kbia.org/post/impeachment-hearings-against-gov-nixon-underway-mo-house-committee <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="State Rep. Nick Marshall, R-Parkville, presents his article of impeachment before the Mo. House Judiciary Cmte. on Apr. 23, 2014." data-attribution="Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:32:14 +0000 Marshall Griffin 51881 at http://kbia.org Impeachment Hearings Against Gov. Nixon Underway In Mo. House Committee Nixon Blasts Tax Cut Bill Sent To Him By Missouri Lawmakers http://kbia.org/post/nixon-blasts-tax-cut-bill-sent-him-missouri-lawmakers <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, D, answers questions from reporters on his opposition to this year&#039;s tax cut bill, SB509." data-attribution="Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201404/4-16-2014%2C_Nixon_presser_on_passage_of_SB509_0.JPG" alt="" /><p>A controversial tax cut proposal has been sent to Gov. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:48:01 +0000 Marshall Griffin 51475 at http://kbia.org Nixon Blasts Tax Cut Bill Sent To Him By Missouri Lawmakers Nixon Cuts $22 Million In Education Funding, Says GOP Lawmakers Forced His Hand http://kbia.org/post/nixon-cuts-22-million-education-funding-says-gop-lawmakers-forced-his-hand <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201404/Generic_Nixon_1-23-12_1.jpg" alt="" /><p>Because of a dispute over how much money to put in this year's supplemental budget, Gov. Jay Nixon has cut $22 million from public schools and higher education. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:12:32 +0000 Marshall Griffin 51162 at http://kbia.org Nixon Cuts $22 Million In Education Funding, Says GOP Lawmakers Forced His Hand Missouri Senate Committee Begins Reviewing State Budget Passed By House http://kbia.org/post/missouri-senate-committee-begins-reviewing-state-budget-passed-house <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:09:45 +0000 Marshall Griffin 50945 at http://kbia.org Missouri Senate Committee Begins Reviewing State Budget Passed By House Missouri Senate passes tax cut bill http://kbia.org/post/missouri-senate-passes-tax-cut-bill-0 <div style="color: rgb(40, 40, 40); font-family: 'Segoe UI WPC', 'Segoe UI', Tahoma, 'Microsoft Sans Serif', Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal; margin: 0px 0px 10pt;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">The Missouri Senate has finally passed a tax cut bill, after different versions were blocked by Republicans who opposed a compromise between the fellow GOP sponsor and Democratic Governor Jay Nixon.&nbsp; The bill now on its way to the Missouri House would cut the individual income tax rate from 6 percent to 5-and-a-half percent and phase in a 25 percent deduction on business income.&nbsp; The changes would not take effect until 2017.&nbsp; The measure is sponsored by Republican Senator Will Kraus of Lee’s Summit.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="color: rgb(40, 40, 40); font-family: 'Segoe UI WPC', 'Segoe UI', Tahoma, 'Microsoft Sans Serif', Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal; margin: 0px 0px 10pt;"> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 22:15:53 +0000 Marshall Griffin 50610 at http://kbia.org Missouri Senate passes tax cut bill Breast-Feeding Protection Bill, Sponsored By Ailing Lawmaker, Sent To Gov. Nixon http://kbia.org/post/breast-feeding-protection-bill-sponsored-ailing-lawmaker-sent-gov-nixon <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="State Rep. Rory Ellinger, D-University City" data-attribution="Credit Tim Bommel, Mo. House Communications" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201403/Rory-Ellinger-D_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;&#160;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Legislation to expand legal protections in Missouri for breast-feeding moms is on its way to <a href="http://governor.mo.gov/">Gov. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 14:16:23 +0000 Marshall Griffin 50564 at http://kbia.org Breast-Feeding Protection Bill, Sponsored By Ailing Lawmaker, Sent To Gov. Nixon Mo. Senate considers tax cut http://kbia.org/post/mo-senate-considers-tax-cut <p>A proposed tax cut is once again moving forward in the Missouri Senate after it was rewritten yet again. The bill had stalled after its sponsor, Republican Will Kraus of Lee’s Summit, offered a substitute that conformed to conditions that Democratic Governor Jay Nixon said were necessary for him to sign it.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:49:13 +0000 Marshall Griffin 50387 at http://kbia.org Mo. Senate considers tax cut