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The Missouri House and Senate are still at an impasse over next year’s state budget.  The Senate has made no progress on persuading Republican Jason Crowell of Cape Girardeau to stop blocking legislation to fund veterans’ homes.

 

A disagreement over $2 million for a university is contributing to a stalemate on Missouri's $24 billion budget plan.

Republican House Speaker Steven Tilley wants to add the money for his alma mater, Southeast Missouri State University. The Cape Girardeau school has the second lowest funding-to-student ratio among Missouri's public universities.

The Missouri Senate has been shut down by one Senator over which version of legislation for veterans’ homes will be adopted.

Jason Crowell (R, Cape Girardeau) and several allies tied up the Senate for nearly 12 hours Monday night and are provoking a showdown with Senate leaders.  In addition to using a filibuster to block the veterans’ homes bill, Crowell is using several motions to block all bills from being debated.

“We have some issues that need to be resolved in the Senate before we move forward, and they’re gonna be resolved one way or the other," Crowell said.  "I will continue to make this series of motions on anything else that we do.”

Newscast for May 8, 2012

May 8, 2012
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The Missouri Senate has been shut down by one Senator over which version of legislation for veterans’ homes will be adopted.  Republican Jason Crowell and several allies tied up the Senate for nearly 12 hours Monday and are provoking a showdown with Senate leaders.

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The state budget for next year is being blocked in the Missouri Senate by a group of fiscally conservative Republicans.

Newscast for April 24, 2012

Apr 24, 2012
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • Missouri Senate Republicans block passage of state budget.
  • Charter Communications expands coverage in Columbia.
  • One Columbia bus route experiences rider shortage.

Newscast for March 21, 2012

Mar 21, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • State Sen. Jason Crowell objects to the state's 2013 budget.
  • Missouri newspaper publishers could have to pay more for supplies.
  • The state House gives approval to legislation that would restrict lawsuits against businesses.
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A new bill moving through the Missouri Senate aims to reform workers' compensation in the state. Backers say the move is badly needed to improve the business climate in Missouri. But there is little consensus on the specifics.