Marshall Griffin

Statehouse Reporter

St. Louis Public Radio State House Reporter Marshall Griffin is a proud alumnus of the University of Mississippi (a.k.a., Ole Miss), and has been in radio for over 20 years, starting out as a deejay. His big break in news came when the first President Bush ordered the invasion of Panama in 1989. Marshall was working the graveyard shift at a rock station, and began ripping news bulletins off the old AP teletype and reading updates between songs. From there on, his radio career turned toward news reporting and anchoring. In 1999, he became the capital bureau chief for Florida's Radio Networks, and in 2003 he became News Director at WFSU-FM/Florida Public Radio. During his time in Tallahassee he covered seven legislative sessions, Governor Jeb Bush's administration, four hurricanes, the Terri Schiavo saga, and the 2000 presidential recount. Before coming to Missouri, he enjoyed a brief stint in the Blue Ridge Mountains, reporting and anchoring for WWNC-AM in Asheville, North Carolina. Marshall lives in Jefferson City with his wife, Julie, their dogs, Max and Mason, and their cat, Honey.

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Politics
8:21 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Angel Investment Tax Credit Measure Being Considered By Mo. Senate Committee

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 10:19 pm

Supporters of creating a so-called “Angel Investment” tax credit in Missouri testified in favor of legislation Wednesday before a State Senate committee.


Senate Bill 91 would provide incentives to wealthy investors, dubbed “Angels,” who are looking for start-up opportunities, preferably in high-tech and Internet-based businesses.  Kansas City Mayor Sly James was one of several witnesses hoping to persuade committee members to approve the bill.

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Politics
9:47 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Missouri Republicans Outline 'Commonsense Conservative' Medicaid Alternative

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A long-promised Republican alternative to Medicaid expansion was filed today in the Missouri House.

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Politics
9:19 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Mo. Senate Endorses Wide-Ranging Tax Credit Bill

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 7:16 pm

The Missouri Senate spent several hours last night working on a wide-ranging tax credit bill, which they gave first-round approval to at around 3:30 this morning.


Senate Bill 120 would drastically cut incentives for Historic Preservation and low income housing.  Historic Preservation tax credits would be capped at $50 million a year, instead of the current $140 million, and low income Housing incentives would be capped at $55 million a year.  Senator Jamilah Nasheed (D, St. Louis) criticized the move.

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Politics
6:06 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Two separate Mo. House committees reject Medicaid expansion efforts

Nearly 100 people crowded into a room at the Mo. Capitol to attend a hearing on HB627, which would have expanded Medicaid to 300,000 Missourians. The bill was voted down 2-5.
Marshall Griffin St Louis Public Radio

Medicaid expansion is dead for now in the Missouri House.  Two separate House committees voted down efforts Monday to expand Medicaid to 259,000 Missourians next year and 41,000 more in later years.

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Agriculture
5:54 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Winter storm could provide some short-term drought relief in Missouri

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 4:57 pm

The winter storm that dumped several inches of snow and ice across much of Missouri may bring some short-term relief to the state’s drought conditions.


Kelly Smith is Director of Marketing and Commodities for the Missouri Farm Bureau.  He says the winter storm arrived on the heels of recent rain events, helping saturate the soil.


“This snow is gonna slowly melt into the ground," Smith said.  "We will get some runoff from it in some areas because they got a 10 to 13-inch snow…we had areas in our state as high as 13, maybe even 15, inches up in north of (the) Kansas City area.”

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Politics
9:39 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Teaching Of Evolution In K-12 Schools Would Be Regulated Under Mo. House Bill

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Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 4:24 pm

State and local-level school officials would be required to develop guidelines for teaching evolution under legislation making its way through the Missouri House.

If passed, school districts would have to, “encourage students to explore scientific questions” regarding the “strengths and weaknesses” of both biological and chemical evolution.  The sponsor, State Representative Andrew Koenig (R, Winchester), says House Bill 179 stresses academic freedom.

“It does not mandate curriculum to the teacher," Koenig said.  "It’s really up to the school district, and if evolution is gonna be taught, it just allows them to teach the scientific strengths and weaknesses.”

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Politics
4:55 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Blunt Addresses Missouri House

Tim Bommel, Mo. House Communications

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 3:36 pm

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R) addressed the Missouri House today during a visit to the State Capitol.

He told House members that state and local governments should play a bigger role in solving problems than the federal government.

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Politics
5:36 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Mo. House Bill Makes Proposing Gun Control Legislation A Felony Offense

(Rep. Leara's campaign site)

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 1:12 pm

Updated at 2:00 p.m. with quotes from State Reps. Mike Leara (R) and Stacey Newman (D).

Lawmakers proposing gun control legislation could end up in prison under a bill introduced by a Missouri House Republican.

Rep. Mike Leara, of St. Louis County, said Tuesday that he has no illusions that his bill actually will pass and become law.

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Politics
9:02 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Cultural Battle Over Women's Reproductive Health Issues Resumes In Mo. Senate Hearings

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 9:28 am

Four bills dealing with the ongoing cultural battle surrounding women’s reproductive health were heard Monday night before a Missouri Senate committee.

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Politics
9:02 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Mo. House Democrats File Medicaid Expansion Bill

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Mon February 18, 2013 10:47 pm

House Democrats are sponsoring legislation to expand Medicaid in Missouri, despite the fact that the state budget filed by Republicans leaves out the proposed expansion.


House Bill 627 would expand Medicaid to an additional 300,000 Missourians, and House Democrats say not passing it would cost the state 5,000 jobs and could force some rural hospitals to close their doors.  Kerry Noble is CEO of Pemiscot Memorial Health Systems in the Missouri Boot-heal.

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Politics
4:24 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

State Budget Bills Filed In Mo. House; Medicaid Expansion Left Out

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 1:21 pm

The 13 bills that make up the state budget have been filed in the Missouri House, and they don’t include Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) proposed Medicaid expansion.

That part of the Governor’s budget proposal would have drawn down $908 million in federal funds for Fiscal Year 2014, which begins July 1st.  House Budget Chair Rick Stream (R, Kirkwood) says as a result, the Governor’s projected $46 million in savings is also being removed from the budget.

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Politics
8:50 am
Thu February 14, 2013

More Questions Over Mo. Highway Patrol's $5.6M Airplane Purchase

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 9:22 am

Lawmakers in the Missouri House and Senate continue to grill members of Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) administration as to why it was necessary to spend $5.6 million on a new airplane.

Colonel Ron Replogle of the Missouri State Highway Patrol told Senate budget writers on Wednesday that he made the call to buy the King Air 250.

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Politics
8:50 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Over 200 Local Mo. Governments Trying To Raise Taxes, Group Says

(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 5:52 pm

A conservative advocacy group says more than 200 local governments across Missouri are trying to raise taxes.  The tally includes proposals such as property tax hikes, sales taxes, and bond issues that are up for votes on the ballot in April.  Patrick Werner heads the Missouri chapter of Americans for Prosperity, a group that advocates for lower taxes and limited government.

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Politics
8:50 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Mo. House Gives 1st-Round Approval To Photo Voter I.D. Legislation

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 3:48 pm

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to a pair of bills that would institute photo ID requirements for voters.

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8:20 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Mo. Sen. Committee Considers Bill That Would Eliminate Prevailing Wage Rule

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 7:49 pm

Legislation that would eliminate the prevailing wage requirement in Missouri was heard Tuesday by a State Senate committee.


The state calculates various wages that are to be paid in each county and in St. Louis for construction trades on building projects.  The sponsor, State Senator Dan Brown (R, Rolla), says eliminating prevailing wage requirements would give smaller businesses outside of St. Louis and Kansas City a fair shot at landing construction contracts.

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