Stories by Bob
Assessor loses bid for control of funds
The Cole County Commission, not the assessor, controls how money in the Assessment Fund can be spent, a three-judge appeals court panel ruled Tuesday.
Gov. Jay Nixon promised Tuesday afternoon to veto a tax cut bill lawmakers sent him last week.
Bills should come up in next couple of weeks
After taking testimony on both bills Wednesday morning, a Missouri Senate panel last Thursday recommended the full Senate pass two proposed constitutional amendments to pay for transportation improvements around the state.
Missouri’s Public Service Commission has set the hearing schedules in two complaint cases filed Feb. 12 by Noranda Aluminum Inc. and a number of individual customers against Ameren Missouri, the state’s largest electricity provider.
Curators approve several changes, OK upgrades at buildings
Lincoln University students will pay more for room and board next year, curators voted Thursday.
LU presented 282 awards to students during the convocation, with some students winning several honors.
A state lawmaker thinks Ameren Missouri’s complaint about assessed property values will hurt schools and county governments.
Missouri Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Mike Kehoe expects his committee this morning will endorse two proposed constitutional amendments to improve state funding for transportation improvements.
Gov. Jay Nixon observed the nation’s income tax deadline day Tuesday by arguing, again, that Missouri lawmakers are hurting the state’s economy with their refusal to expand Medicaid, as envisioned by the federal health care law.
For a little over 30 minutes Monday afternoon at the Missouri Capitol, the names of 60 former state senators were read one-by-one, in a roll call one last time.
Missouri senators will pause today to remember 60 former members who have died since May 1987.
After Supreme Court rejected the 2005 limits, lawmakers resume debate over damage caps
Missouri senators spent more than six hours last week debating the need for limiting the damages someone can win in a malpractice lawsuit. But they didn’t reach an answer.
Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday he has to cut $22 million in state funding to education, because Missourians are buying fewer lottery tickets and gambling less at the casinos.
Key members of each chamber will meet to hammer out differences
Missouri lawmakers moved two steps closer to rewriting the state’s criminal laws Thursday, when the House and Senate each passed a version of the bill and sent it to the other chamber.
Kurt Steidley will get a second trial on the state’s charge that he set a fire that caused heavy damage to his business, Everhart’s Sporting Goods, 2436 Missouri Blvd., on Jan. 1, 2011.
Missouri’s economy would be helped if lawmakers made it illegal to discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, state Sen. Jolie Justus told a committee Wednesday afternoon.
Missouri’s five-member Public Service Commission is trying to figure out how to handle what Commissioner Steve Stoll called its “unusual” cases — Noranda Aluminum’s twin requests that the PSC rule that Ameren Missouri is taking in more revenue than allowed in its current rate structure, and for the PSC to reduce the rates that Noranda now pays for Ameren’s electricity.
Ameren Missouri hopes to be generating electricity by the end of the year from a new solar farm near O’Fallon in St. Charles County.
Most state employees can expect to see a 1 percent raise in next year’s paychecks, not the 3 percent Gov. Jay Nixon proposed in his State of the State address three months ago.
With little debate, the Missouri Senate on Monday approved the list of 303 building renovation and rehabilitation projects to be tackled with money raised from the sale of revenue bonds.
For several years, Missouri Republican lawmakers have complained about the way Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon has handled the state’s budget.
Almost 900 state highway bridges need major repairs or replacement, or they’ll have to be closed, state Sen. Mike Kehoe told colleagues last week.
At William Woods University
Appeals court judges play a different role in the system than their trial judge counterparts, three judges told William Woods University students last week.
Missouri school officials may have another month’s wait before they know how much money they’ll get next year in state aid.
Missouri senators Thursday morning approved the idea of selling bonds to pay for building renovation and maintenance projects around the state.
Judge sets May hearing so attorneys can schedule trial later this year on lawsuit challenging Nixon executive order.
Vote on specific projects expected Monday
Missouri senators on Thursday sent the House a bill that raises the caps by $600 million on the amount of revenue bonds the state can sell.
Estes vs Commission
Can the county commission take money from the special Assessment Fund created by state law? A court ruling being appealed said yes.
Appeals court hears different issues, a day after ruling on sheriff’s case against Cole Commission
They might sound like the same argument. But Jill LaHue, the Cole County Commission’s lawyer, said Wednesday the facts were different.
After rejecting an amendment to remove alcohol sales from the bill, Missouri senators gave first-round approval Tuesday afternoon to a proposal allowing special events at the Capitol and the Missouri State Penitentiary Redevelopment site during the next decade.
A Senate committee this afternoon could endorse a list of 303 mostly maintenance and repair projects that could be done over the next few years — including more than $300 million worth of work in Mid-Missouri — if lawmakers ultimately approve a state bonding proposal.
For the second time in 13 months, a Missouri court has sided with the Cole County Commission in Sheriff Greg White’s challenge to the commission’s use of the “Law Enforcement Sales Tax” fund to help pay some of the sheriff’s operating expenses.
The Legislature’s Joint Interim Committee on State Employee Wages wants to hire a consultant, to do a complete study of state workers’ salary and benefits.
Count state Reps. Tony Dugger, R-Hartville, and Stanley Cox, R-Sedalia, among those lawmakers convinced that a photo ID should be required before Missourians can cast a ballot.
Two Sikeston R-6 School District teachers told state senators last week they feared for their jobs because they oppose implementation of the Common Core education standards.
Four of the men who filed this year as candidates for Congress don’t live in the districts they want to serve.
Circuit Judge Jon Beetem will hear arguments Thursday afternoon on the request that he issue a restraining order in the same-sex tax returns case.
Missouri’s Senate needs to take one final vote — probably next week — to send a tax-cuts plan to the House, after giving the idea first-round approval Wednesday night.
The Missouri Baptist Convention’s Executive Board is deciding if it wants to appeal this week’s appeals court ruling against it.
Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem will hear arguments next Thursday afternoon on the request that he issue a restraining order in the same-sex tax returns case.
Fulton State Hospital, LU, old St. Mary's included in list
Construction of a new Fulton State Hospital moved one step closer to reality Thursday, when the Missouri Senate gave first-round approval to a $600 million bonding plan that includes about $200 million for the Fulton project.
Both bills allowing local governments to move their closed pension plans to the LAGERS system now are in the other house. Missouri senators sent Mike Kehoe’s version to the House on Thursday on a 33-0 vote.
Almost four years after Missouri’s State Board of Education adopted the national “Common Core” standards, in June 2010, two state senators Wednesday afternoon asked the Senate Education Committee to endorse a bill blocking their implementation, for at least another year.
Unopposed Mid-Missouri candidates are Republican Reps. Jay Barnes, Jefferson City; Caleb Jones, California; David Wood, Versailles; Rocky Miller, Lake Ozark; and Diane Franklin, Camdenton.
Tuesday’s filing deadline only affects candidates running in a recognized political party — Democrat, Republican, Libertarian and Constitution.
Noranda Aluminum said Tuesday it has proven that Ameren Missouri overcharged its electricity customers last year — and the state Public Service Commission should cut the utility’s rates to benefit those customers.
Missouri lawmakers were told in 1997 that Historic Preservation Tax Credits (HPTC) would cost the state about $14.3 million a year.
Sponsors of a proposed overhaul of Missouri’s criminal laws were frustrated Monday that new concerns are being raised about their project — from Gov. Jay Nixon and his staff.
A Russellville man is in the Cole County Jail this weekend, facing three charges after being arrested Thursday night during a search of his home at 13006 Minnie Drive.
One man held for drug trafficking