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Missouri's legislative session was ending Friday in a familiar way, with the failure of a proposal that would have overhauled the state's costliest tax credit programs and created several new business incentives.
State Sen. Mike Kehoe reluctantly admitted defeat this morning on his proposal for a 10-year, one-cent sales tax to pay for transportation improvements.
President Barack Obama, seeking to regain his footing amid controversies hammering the White House, named a temporary chief for the scandal-marred Internal Revenue Service Thursday and pressed Congress to approve new security money to prevent another Benghazi-style terrorist attack.
The White House release of some 100 pages of emails and notes about the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, last year has failed to satisfy congressional Republicans, who are demanding more information.
State employees came closer Tuesday to keeping concealed weapons in their vehicles on state-owned or leased parking lots.
Losing political candidates could find it harder to get a recount under legislation sent to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon. A bill given final approval Tuesday would tighten the margin of defeat necessary to trigger a recount.
With next year’s budget plan finalized and an income tax cut passed, Missouri lawmakers now will turn their attention to resolving differences over tax credits and liability lawsuits before their mandatory adjournment on Friday.
Senator: Government ‘leaps and bounds different’ than business
Missouri lawmakers last week passed a budget for the state business year that begins July 1 before Friday’s deadline. And for Sen. Mike Kehoe, it also marked the end of his first year on the Senate’s Appropriations Committee.
President Barack Obama says Congress must give more homeowners the chance to refinance their mortgages to save money.
Steady drips of information about a horrific night in Libya are fueling Republican arguments and ads designed to fire up the conservative base and undercut the Democrats’ early favorite for president in 2016.
The Internal Revenue Service apologized Friday for what it acknowledged was “inappropriate” targeting of conservative political groups during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status.
Battling back against tax cuts in neighboring Kansas, Missouri lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to an income tax cut for businesses and individuals that could reduce state revenues by about $700 million annually when fully phased in.
Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday he's determined to answer any questions related to the deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, as the House Republican leader pushed for more information from the Obama administration.
The Missouri House is declining to give Gov. Jay Nixon’s administration computer data related to an attempted access of the list of concealed weapons permit holders.
State agencies could be required to notify Missourians if personal data such as concealed gun permits and credit card numbers are accessed by someone who is not authorized to have that information.