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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Science, Health and Technology
8:14 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Mo. Audit Gives 'Poor' Rating To Management Of Early Childhood Fund Grants

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 7:00 pm

The management of an early childhood fund by the Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) has received a "poor" rating in a state audit released Monday.

State Auditor Tom Schweich (R) said the Early Childhood Development, Education and Care Fund provided more than $170,000 to three child care facilities that failed to open or expand their facilities as planned.

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Politics
5:39 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Mo. lawmakers to continue work during interim session

Credit File Photo / KBIA

Missouri lawmakers will continue working on several issues after last month’s end of the 2013 regular session.  House Speaker Tim Jones has announced the formation of an interim committee to examine the state’s election laws.  It’s being chaired by fellow Republican Sue Entlicher, who formerly served as Clerk of Polk County:

“We’re looking for anything to keep the statutes up to date and not repeat anything…then also we’re going to comprise, hopefully, a plan to take care of any of the voting machines that need to be updated or need to be replaced,” Entlicher said. 

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Politics
4:49 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Gov. Nixon vetoes income tax bill, Republicans consider override

Credit File Photo / KBIA

Some Republican lawmakers are vowing to try to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill that reduced income taxes. Shortly after the Democratic governor rejected the bill today, the leading sponsors of the legislation said they would attempt to get the two-thirds vote needed to override his veto when the Legislature convenes in September.

Republicans hold enough seats in the House in Senate to override Nixon’s veto without any Democratic support. They would have to hold all of the GOP members together in the House and could afford to have only one Republican defect in the Senate.

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Business
8:21 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Missouri revenue on an upward trend, but with a May slow-down

via Flickr/yomanimus

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 5:18 pm

Revenue collections in Missouri slowed a bit last month, but continued their overall upward trend.

From July of 2012 through the end of May, the state took in $7.3 billion in revenues, an increase of 10.4 percent from May of 2012.  The year-to-date increase from April of this year, though, was 11.2 percent.  Missouri Budget Director Linda Luebbering blames it on a drop in sales tax collections.

"People are still a little bit concerned about spending a lot of money, given the economy and the uncertainty at the national level," Luebbering said.

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Politics
11:20 am
Tue May 21, 2013

After threatening resignation if key bills failed, Grisamore now says he's staying put

Missouri House Communications

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 3:51 pm

A Missouri lawmaker who threatened to resign unless one or both of his key bills survived the last day of the 2013 legislative session is staying put, even though both bills failed to make it out by Friday's deadline.

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NPR Story
4:47 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Mo. Social Services Director Freeman Resigns After 5 Months

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 4:14 pm

Alan Freeman is stepping down as Director of the Missouri Department of Social Services, after only five months on the job.

Last December, Freeman left his job as President and CEO of Grace Hill Health Centers in St. Louis to take over the state's Social Services department.  A press release from Governor Nixon's office states that Freeman is leaving to return to his former position at Grace Hill.  No reason was given for the decision.

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Politics
11:46 am
Sat May 18, 2013

Curtain falls On Missouri's 2013 legislative session

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 6:28 am

Missouri's legislative session has ended, with several issues resolved and several more that came up just short.  St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin takes a closer look at the final day, and at what happens now:

A few that didn't make it, and a few that did

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Politics
8:05 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Assembly sends second injury fund fix/workers' comp bill to Nixon

(via Flickr/Jennifer Boriss)

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 5:02 pm

Legislation that would revive Missouri's ailing Second Injury Fund and seek to reduce the number of occupational disease lawsuits was passed Thursday by the Missouri House.  It had already passed the Missouri Senate during pre-dawn hours on Wednesday.

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Politics
9:10 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Bill Sent To Mo. Gov. Nixon Would Cap Lead Contamination Punitive Damages

(UPI)

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 3:45 pm

One of two bills that would limit punitive damages in lead contamination cases is on its way to Governor Jay Nixon (D).

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Politics
8:29 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Liquor Franchise Legislation Stalls In Missouri Senate

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Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 9:09 pm

Legislation to redefine the relationship between liquor distributors, wholesalers and retailers has stalled in the Missouri Senate.

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Politics
8:29 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Group Of Republicans Block 1-Cent Transportation Sales Tax In Mo. Senate

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Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 9:57 am

A group of Republicans in the Missouri Senate has blocked a proposed constitutional amendment that would create a one-cent sales tax to help fund the state’s transportation needs.

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Politics
8:29 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Final Version Of Workers' Comp/Second Injury Fund Fix Passes Mo. Senate, Heads To House

KWMU.

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 5:45 am

Early this morning, the Missouri Senate passed legislation that would fix the state's ailing Second Injury Fund.

The fund is designed to help disabled workers who suffer a second work-related injury.  It began running out of money after lawmakers eight years ago capped the surcharge businesses have to pay into it.  Senate Bill 1, sponsored by State Senator Scott Rupp (R, Wentzville), would temporarily increase the surcharge.

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Politics
8:29 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Nixon vetoes bill that would eliminate tax break for elderly renters

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 5:36 am

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has vetoed legislation that would eliminate a tax credit for elderly Missourians who rent their homes.

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Agriculture
4:42 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Mo. lawmakers pass farm constitutional amendment

USDA

The Missouri House and Senate have passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would guarantee farmers and ranchers the right to farm and ranch using "modern methods."

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Politics
6:43 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Prevailing wage exemption for maintenance projects likely dead following Mo. Senate filibuster

KWMU.

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 3:34 pm

It appears that Democrats in the Missouri Senate have successfully stopped legislation that would have redefined what constitutes a maintenance project and exempted those being done on public property from the state's prevailing wage requirement.

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Politics
7:26 am
Mon May 13, 2013

With 1 Week Left, What Remains For Missouri's 2013 Legislative Session?

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 6:00 am

The final week of Missouri's regular legislative session has arrived.  The Republican-led General Assembly and Democratic Governor Jay Nixon are pushing to get several things accomplished before Friday.  St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin tells us that the session, so far, has been one highlighted by partisanship and controversy.

Nixon vs. lawmakers, tax credit reform

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Politics
5:45 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Mo. Gov. Nixon Criticizes Tax Cut Bill, 8-Month DMV Funding

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 5:31 pm

Governor Jay Nixon (D) delivered a mixed report card Friday on the state budget and other bills passed by the Republican-controlled Missouri General Assembly this week.


While he complimented lawmakers for increasing funding for K-12 schools and higher education, he also criticized them for passing legislation that would cut state income tax rates for individuals and corporations.  He told reporters that the bill would gut state revenues by more than $800 million.

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Politics
9:07 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Mo. Gen. Assembly Sends $25 Billion State Budget To Gov. Nixon

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 2:46 pm

Missouri lawmakers have sent a nearly $25 billion budget to Governor Jay Nixon (D).

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Politics
9:07 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Scaled-Back Tax Cut Legislation Sent To Mo. Gov. Nixon

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 3:08 am


A proposal to cut state income taxes in Missouri for both individuals and businesses is on its way to Governor Jay Nixon (D).

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Politics
4:20 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Nixon denounces partial funding of license agency

File Photo KBIA

Democratic Governor Jay Nixon on Wednesday warned Republican lawmakers that he’ll lay off state workers if full funding isn’t restored to the budget for the Missouri Department of Revenue’s Motor Vehicles division.

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Politics
8:51 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Proposed Tax Cut Scaled Back By Mo. Senate Republicans

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 5:18 am

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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Politics
8:51 am
Wed May 8, 2013

House, Senate Negotiators Approve Final Version Of FY2014 Mo. Budget

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 5:29 am

Missouri House and Senate budget negotiators have crafted a final version of next year's state budget.


The nearly $25 billion spending plan includes a $66 million increase for K-12 schools, and a $25 million hike for state universities and community colleges.  It still does not include the Medicaid expansion proposed by Governor Jay Nixon (D), which disappointed committee member and State Senator Kiki Curls (D, Kansas City).

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Politics
5:44 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

House and Senate budget negotiations bode well for Mo. DMV

Mo. Budget Chairman Rick Stream wants changes to the current scanning and storing policies for Mo.'s Department of Revenue.
Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

House and Senate budget negotiators have agreed to restore most, but not all, of the funding for Missouri’s Motor Vehicles division within the Department of Revenue.

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Politics
8:58 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Mo. Gen. Assembly Sends Targeted Prevailing Wage Bill To Gov. Nixon

(via Flickr/bigburpsx3)

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 12:54 pm

The Missouri General Assembly has sent Governor Jay Nixon (D) legislation that would provide a targeted roll back of the state's prevailing wage.

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Politics
5:14 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Jones Unveils New Committee; Says Attempt To Access CCW List Was Part Of House Investigation

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 5:09 pm

House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) has formed a committee he says will thoroughly investigate the Department of Revenue's scanning of source documents for driver's license and conceal carry applicants, and the release of the state's conceal carry weapons (CCW) holder list to the federal government.


Jones says the committee is necessary because the Nixon administration has not fully cooperated with lawmakers' efforts to get answers to everything that's happened and why.

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Education
8:10 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Missouri teachers file lawsuit over language in ballot initiative

(via Flickr/frankjuarez)

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 5:57 pm

A group of educators is suing the state of Missouri over a proposed constitutional amendment requiring tenure for public school teachers be based on performance, not seniority.

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Politics
8:41 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Fulton mental health, parks and Capitol building would get improvements with House-approved plan

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 4:52 pm

The Missouri House has adopted Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) proposal announced Thursday to add $86 million to a capital improvements bill.

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Politics
8:37 am
Fri May 3, 2013

State House votes to repeal mandatory motorcycle helmet law

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 8:01 pm

The Missouri House has passed legislation that would allow motorcyclists to ride without wearing helmets.

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Politics
8:59 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Legislation To Allow Surcharge For Electric System Upgrades Stalls In Mo. Senate

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 4:37 pm

Legislation has stalled in the Missouri Senate that would allow investor-owned electric companies to charge consumers for infrastructure improvements.

Opponents argued that Ameren Missouri, Empire District and Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&L) make enough money to pay for improvements without levying an Infrastructure System Replacement Surcharge (ISRS) on their customers.  Several Senators are blocking the measure, including Republican Rob Schaaf of St. Joseph.

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Politics
1:25 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Medical Malpractice Cap Restoration Bill May Not Survive 2013 Session

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Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 12:16 pm

Efforts in Missouri to restore caps on non-economic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits are in limbo.

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