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8:14 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Budget, Student Transfers, Transportation Tax Fill Missouri Lawmakers' Plates This Week

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 9:41 pm

It'll be a busy week for Missouri lawmakers as they enter the homestretch of the 2014 regular session.

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 chair Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia.

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Education
7:30 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Private school option spurs opposition ed. bill

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A coalition of education organizations representing teachers, administrators and school board members objects to student transfer legislation because it could lead to students attending private schools at taxpayers' expense.

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Politics
5:19 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Gov. Nixon raises new concern about income tax cut

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  Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is raising new concerns that an income tax cut passed by the Legislature could have "cataclysmic" consequences for state revenues.

The Democratic governor said Tuesday that the bill could eliminate taxes on all income over $9,000, punching a $4.8 billion hole in the state budget.

Republican legislative leaders called Nixon's assertion "ridiculous," ''absurd" and "laughable."

Nixon did not veto the bill Tuesday but has indicated he will do so.

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Education
8:20 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Mo. mulls state funds to districts for preschool

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Missouri House members this past week passed legislation that would allow public schools to begin counting some children attending early childhood education programs toward the basic state funding they receive. 

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Politics
3:00 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Missouri lawmakers pass e-cigarette legislation

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The Missouri House and Senate have each passed bills that would prevent people younger than 18 from purchasing electronic cigarettes.

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Education
5:25 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Missouri House endorses Bright Flight expansion

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  Missouri House members have endorsed legislation that could offer additional financial assistance to persuade more top students to stay in the state after graduation day.

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Politics
7:05 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

House endorses transportation tax vote

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  The Missouri House has given first-round approval to a proposed constitutional amendment that would create a temporary one-cent sales tax to fund transportation needs.  The tax hike would require voter approval and would expire after 10 years unless renewed by voters again.  Before the vote, an amendment was offered that would have raised the state’s fuel tax from 17 to 20 cents per gallon.  It was sponsored by Democrat Jon Carpenter of Clay County.   “The Missouri gas tax has not increased in many years, and it hasn’t kept pace with inflation, and the amount of money we get to be able to

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Politics
9:09 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Missouri Senate Committee Begins Reviewing State Budget Passed By House

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 7:49 pm

Budget writers in the Missouri Senate have begun their review of the state's spending plan for Fiscal Year 2015.

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Politics
5:15 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Missouri Senate passes tax cut bill

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  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.  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.  The changes would not take effect until 2017.  The measure is sponsored by Republican Senator Will Kraus of Lee’s Summit. 

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Politics
5:11 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Missouri House removes portion of gun bill

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  The Missouri House has already endorsed legislation that would nullify some federal gun control laws the state considers to be infringements on gun rights.

But today, the Republican-led chamber voted to remove a portion of the bill that could have sent law enforcement officers to jail for knowingly enforcing such laws.

Under previous versions of the measure, federal agents could have faced up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. The House bill would only allow people to sue law enforcement for enforcing certain federal laws.

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Politics
6:06 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Mo. House passes state budget, headed to Senate

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The Missouri House has passed a $26.6 billion state budget that ties the amount of an increase in funding for public schools to increases in state revenue.

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Politics
7:23 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Voting machines, tax credits on legislative agendas

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The Missouri Senate has endorsed legislation that would require local elections authorities to phase out the use of some electronic voting machines. Under the bill, voters could only use electronic machines that produce a paper trail of marked votes. All other types of electronic voting machines currently in use for elections could still be used, but could not be replaced once they malfunction.

The legislation given first-round approval Monday also declares the paper ballot as the official ballot of Missouri elections. It needs one more Senate vote before moving to the House.

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Politics
5:38 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Talking Politics: Right to Work and Missouri blue laws

Motorcycles line the showroom at Larry’s Motor Sports in Jefferson City March 4, 2014. Owner Larry Neill’s store has been in business for 28 years.
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Since the early 1800s in Missouri, there have been laws against selling certain items on Sundays. These laws are called Blue Laws, and they were originally designed to give citizens and businesses a day of rest. But a motorcycle dealer in Kansas City is pushing to knock down one of the state's last remaining blue laws. KBIA's Justin Paprocki reported on how Sunday motorcycle sales could soon be allowed, with producing by Matthew Zuzolo.

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Politics
4:20 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

“Right to Work” bill trying to gain steam in Missouri

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    Across the nation, “right to work” bills have received a lot of attention. Twenty four states have adopted this legislation, most recently Indiana and Michigan. “Right to work” prohibits labor contracts from requiring all workers to pay union fees, regardless of whether they are union members.

Six of the eight states bordering Missouri have already passed “right to work,” one of which is Oklahoma. Bill Lant, representative from Pineville, sees a big difference between these two states.

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Politics
8:08 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Lack of action leads to loss of Mo. tobacco money

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Missouri had expected to receive about $130 million this April under an annual settlement payment from tobacco companies.

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Politics
7:57 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Missouri lawmakers spend week on spring break

Missouri Capitol
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Missouri's Capitol will be quieter this week as state lawmakers take a weeklong spring break.

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Politics
9:07 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Missouri Lawmakers Tout Accomplishments, Talk On What's Next, As Spring Break Begins

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 8:28 pm

The first half of Missouri's 2014 legislative session is over, and lawmakers have left Jefferson City for their annual spring break.

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Politics
5:57 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Committee cuts emergency funding for Normandy schools

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  A Missouri Senate committee has slashed the amount of money that’s to be used to keep Normandy schools open the rest of the school year.   

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Politics
5:45 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Talking Politics: First Ward Candidates and Missouri's Possible Official Greeting

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 This week on Talking Politics, there are three candidates running for the First Ward Columbia City Council seat. Bill Easley, Ginny Chadwick and Tyree Byndom will be on the April 8 ballot.

Also on the show, a freshman state representative from St. Louis County wants to make the high five the official greeting of Missouri.

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Politics
5:44 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Bill would limit drone use in the state

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  Missouri residents and government agencies could not use drones to conduct surveillance without a warrant under legislation advanced by the state House.

The measure would also prevent journalists and other organizations from using drones to observe private property without an owner's consent. State universities could still use unmanned aircraft to conduct educational research.

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Business
7:38 am
Fri March 7, 2014

'Angel Investment' seeks to attract high-tech money to state

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The Missouri House has passed legislation to create tax incentives to lure wealthy high-tech investors to the Show-Me State.

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Politics
8:21 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Missouri lawmakers pass cellphone tower bill

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Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a bill limiting the ability of Missouri cities and counties to restrict cellphone towers.

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Politics
8:49 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Missouri Senate Sends Gun Control Nullification Bill to Mo. House; House Version Passes Committee

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Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 4:40 pm

Without one word of debate, the Missouri Senate Thursday passed legislation to nullify federal gun-control laws in Missouri.

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Politics
5:46 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Talking Politics: Missouri mulls LGBT changes

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  Last week, it was hard to miss the huge news coming out of Columbia.

Former University of Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam came out to ESPN last week. He could be the first openly gay NFL player after the draft in May.

"I'm not afraid to tell the world who I am. I'm Michael Sam: I'm a college graduate. I'm African American, and I'm gay," Sam said. "I'm comfortable in my skin."

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Politics
5:19 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Bill would give universities extra funding for good performance

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  Missouri senators have given first-round approval to legislation that would reward the state's four-year institutions for good performance with more funding.

Under the measure endorsed Tuesday, public universities would establish performance criteria. The criteria would be used to determine how much extra money the institutions get during years the state can afford to increase college funding.

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Education
8:16 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Mo. lawmakers may fund university buildings

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Missouri lawmakers appear to agree with Gov. Jay Nixon that public colleges and universities should get more money next year.

But some lawmakers want to put part of that money toward building improvements, instead of devoting it to operations as proposed by Nixon.

House Budget Committee Chairman Rick Stream says he wants to make use of a 2012 law that authorizes state money for college building projects that generate a 50 percent match through private donations.

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Politics
8:47 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Missouri House GOP Scraps Nixon's Budget Proposal

Mo. House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, and House Budget Chair Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood, discuss their FY2015 budget plans with reporters.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 5:38 pm

Republican leaders in the Missouri House have scrapped the budget being proposed by Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat. Instead they will use last year's budget bills as a starting point for crafting their fiscal year 2015 spending plan.

House Budget Chair Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood, says their budget bills contain none of the governor's spending proposals for the fiscal year (FY2015) that begins July 1.

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Politics
8:15 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Mo. Legislature plans full day despite storm

Missouri Capitol
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Snow, bitter cold and high winds are not enough for a snow day at the Missouri Capitol.

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Politics
7:58 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Mo. cancer patients seek coverage of chemo pills

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Some cancer patients want Missouri legislators to make chemotherapy pills more affordable.

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Politics
7:39 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Nixon Calls Senate Tax-Cut Proposal 'Fiscally Irresponsible'

Gov. Jay Nixon lauds new GM vehicles during visit to St. Louis Auto Show

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 1:13 pm

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has swiftly attacked a state Senate panel’s action to approve a phased-in tax cut that he estimates will cost the state $1 billion a year when fully implemented.

Nixon called it a “fiscally irresponsible tax experiment.”

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