During a visit with business and healthcare leaders on the MU campus Thursday. Governor Jay Nixon said expanding Missouri's Medicaid program would bring more federal money to the state and create about 24,000 new jobs in the first year. Nixon called the expansion a smart business decision that would bring Missouri taxpayer money back into the state.
A proposition to raise taxes in Ashland passed its first approval, but needs clarification as it moves forward.
The Ashland Board of Aldermen approved the first reading of a city sales tax on Tuesday. The plan would call for a rise in sales tax by a half-cent.
Although board members are pushing for this tax increase, they understand that a clearer definition of who will benefit from the tax increase is necessary. Board Member David Thomas said voters should know what they're voting on.
Councilwoman Laura Nauser is very familiar with the Columbia City Council and the fifth ward seat she just won in a special election Tuesday.
Nauser previously served on the City Council for six years ending in 2011 until she narrowly won a bid for the fifth ward seat Tuesday night. She says she ran in this special election because there were council votes she disagreed with while she was out of office. Nauser emphasized her desire to establish a more uniform approach to government decision making.
Lawmakers in at least 11 states including Missouri are looking at plans to restrict the use of drones over their skies amid concerns the unmanned aerial vehicles could be exploited to spy on Americans.
The American Civil Liberties Union says state legislators are proposing various restrictions on the new technology.
The Montana Senate looked at two bills Tuesday that hinder the use of drones, most often associated with overseas wars.
A Missouri House committee is taking up legislation that would bar union membership or dues as a condition of employment.
The House Workforce Development Committee scheduled a public hearing Wednesday on the bill, which supporters call "right to work."
Approval by the Legislature would put the proposed new law to a statewide vote this November. Supporters argue the legislation would allow Missouri to be more competitive in the job market. Opponents say it would weaken unions and hinder collective bargaining.