Tag: budget

Budget Perfected: House restores proposed cuts to education, agrees to tuition cap with universities

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — After months of work on the state’s roughly $28 billion budget, the Missouri House of Representatives has perfected the budget bills for the 2019 fiscal year. And the biggest news from the House floor is that the proposed cuts to higher education, made by Gov. Eric Greitens, have been fully restored by the House. Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, the House Budget chairman, worked out a deal with the state’s colleges and universities […]

RELEASE: Legislative Budget Chairs Release Statement on Governor Greitens’ Budget

Yesterday, Governor Eric Greitens outlined his FY19 budget proposal, aiming to work closely with Missouri legislators on its passage. Missouri’s legislators have already voiced their support for collaboration. “I have spoken with Governor Greitens about his plans for Missouri,” said Sen. Dan Brown (R-Rolla), Senate Budget Chair. “I appreciate him reaching out to the legislature as he presents his vision and his willingness to work with us. I look forward to working with him and […]

Governor’s budget proposes hits to higher education, as well as loan to pay tax refunds quicker

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Governor Eric Greitens has released his budget recommendations for the 2019 fiscal year, but for each question raised about the budget, the Governor also spent time fielding questions about his affair in 2015 and allegations of blackmail. In what was his first public appearance since acknowledging his extramarital affair, reporters repeatedly questioned the Governor over whether he had taken a photo of the woman involved in the affair, to which the […]

Fitzpatrick: Tax reform debate making it hard to estimate revenues

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick is gearing up for his second year as the House Budget chair, and following an impressive first session, the Republican lawmaker knows that the next fiscal year will be just as trying, if not more. Fun fact: House Budget Chair @FitzpatrickMO is #MizzouMade and, at 30 yrs old, is among the youngest state budget leaders in the country. #moleg @Mizzou @COMOChamber pic.twitter.com/cqvvYpqivv — Stuart Murray (@murraystu) November 14, 2017 […]

Fitzpatrick: Tax reform debate making it hard to estimate revenues

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick is gearing up for his second year as the House Budget chair, and following an impressive first session, the Republican lawmaker knows that the next fiscal year will be just as trying, if not more. The problem that Fitzpatrick sees right off the bat is this: trying to estimate revenues for the next fiscal year. It’s an issue that can be somewhat difficult each year, but for the next […]

Stenger and Page at it again: only this time regarding the 2018 county budget

In a press conference held on Tuesday, St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger rebuked Councilman Sam Page’s claims that the county budget was out of balance. Late Monday, Page released a letter to Stenger suggesting that there was an “impending financial crisis” due to the county executive’s staff reportedly saying they would need $18 million in either cost reductions or property tax increases in order to submit a balanced budget next year. Stenger said Page’s […]

St. Louis County Council scheduled for budget talks this week

The St. Louis County Council will meet all week regarding proposed budget meeting reviews. Scheduled throughout the week, the Council will discuss various budget talks regarding specific county departments and positions. Some of the St. Louis County Council special committee hearings will include reviews of the Department of Human Services, the Children’s Service Fund, Department of Public Health, Department of Administration, and Board of Elections to name a few. In addition to the various committee […]

Stenger proposes Prop P budget and financial plan to County Council

St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger’s office proposed to the St. Louis County Council on Thursday their ideas on how Proposition P funds would be allocated for next year in the county. According to Stenger, the proposed 2018 St. Louis County budget, submitted on Wednesday listed specific allocations for certain initiatives which are funded by Proposition P: Police Department Pay Increases ($18,617,956) Additional Police Officers ($9,931,912) Police Training ($1,00,000) Body Camera Program ($623,632) Juvenile Treatment […]

MoDOT’s turnover rate hovering around 10 percent, but what does it mean for Missouri’s transportation system?

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – “Work smarter, not harder.” Or at least that’s the message that the Missouri Department of Transportation is getting from the Show-Me State. For years now, MoDOT has been struggling to keep employees from leaving the ship, as employees have increasingly left the department to find better-paying jobs. It’s an issue that’s been highlighted before the legislature, but one that seems to have no answers in sight. Right now, MoDOT’s turnover rate […]

Legislation that sheds more light on how STL County spends Prop P funds passes

The St. Louis County Council on Tuesday passed a bill that would clear up how Proposition P money would be used. Councilman Mark Harder said the bill is designed to answer St. Louis County resident’s questions on where Prop P is going and to add transparency to the process. “It’s very important from a transparency standpoint. We’ve had many calls and people at our meetings asking how the Prop P money will be spent and we want […]