Tag: Jefferson City

Former student makes stop in St. Louis during bike trip across the U.S. to raise awareness on the educational system

Adrian De La Vega is a man on a multi-mile mission. Two weeks ago, the former student from Indiana University set off on a journey to raise awareness on the educational system with nothing more than a few personal items — and a bike. De La Vega’s trek by way of bike will take him to all 48 state capitals on the U.S. mainland without any escort or shadow vehicle to accompany him. His latest venture […]

RELEASE: Parson’s Statement Regarding the House Special Investigative Committee Report of Governor Eric Greitens

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson released the following statement today regarding the House investigation of Governor Eric Greitens. Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson states, “With the recent events that have distracted our great state, I want to say with all sincerity that it is time to unite and put aside our differences. Over the course of several months, it has been a trying time for many people. My heart goes out to the families involved. […]

House perfects Haahr’s tax overhaul bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Over the course of four hours, the Missouri House made legislation to overhaul Missouri’s tax code their own as more than ten amendments were added to Rep. Elijah Haahr’s bill. The House Speaker Pro Tem’s legislation, if passed, lowers the corporate tax rate from 6.25 percent to 5 percent and the individual income tax rate for most Missourians from 5.9 percent to 5 percent. HB 2540 also aims to provide funding […]

Senate weighs resolution to change term limits

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Should Missouri’s term limits on elected officials stand? A resolution filed in the Senate is seeking to modify the term limits that were put in effect after the passage of the Missouri State Congressional Term Limits Amendment, also known as Amendment 12, on the November 1992 ballot. More than two decades later, lawmakers are still debating the merits of term limits. SJR 28, filed this session by Sen. Jason Holsman, would place a constitutional amendment […]

Are Republicans abandoning opposition to the Missouri Plan?

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –  In 2017, Republicans strongly questioned the effectiveness of the Missouri nonpartisan court plan while the Appellate Judicial Commission sought to fill the vacancy left by the late Judge Richard Teitelman. Republicans argue that the Missouri Plan, as it is called, gives trial lawyers too much control over the appointment process of the same judges they would be arguing their cases before. Their opposition of the nonpartisan court plan marks yet another instance […]

General Assembly rolls back restrictions on college degree programs

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The House and Senate have truly agreed and passed a new piece of legislation that would allow certain universities to grant degrees that they had previously been unable to. HB 1645, sponsored by Rep. Steve Cookson, is the result of several years of work but received final approval from the House on Wednesday after returning from the Senate. The legislation would create a framework to reform degree offerings and program approval […]

Senate votes to lower cap on historic tax credits

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A Missouri Senate plan is looking to roll back a tax credit program focused on helping developers restore and repurpose old buildings, of which Missouri has had the largest program in the nation for years. SB 590, sponsored by Sen. Dan Hegeman, seeks to reduce the cap on the tax credits from the current level of $140 million to $90 million, while also changing the process as to how the tax […]

This Week in the Missouri PSC: March 21, 2018

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Public Service Commission approved seven tariffs and new orders on Wednesday, with the majority of the orders concerning Ameren Missouri and Kansas City Power & Light The first concerned an application from Ameren Missouri seeking the authority to issue $425 million in longterm indebtedness, which they intend to use pay and refinance outstanding short-term debt. No other parties responded in the matter, and the PSC ruled that it was […]

RELEASE: Governor Greitens Appoints Elijah Mayfield to Governor’s Council on Disability

Today, Governor Eric Greitens appointed Elijah Mayfield to the Governor’s Council on Disability. Elijah is a National Down Syndrome Society Ambassador, recipient of the 2016 National Down Syndrome “Self-Advocate of the Year” award, and serves as an intern in the Governor’s Office. Elijah also works for St. Mary’s Hospital, is active on Lincoln University’s campus and with the United Way of Central Missouri. WATCH: Governor Greitens appoints Elijah Mayfield to Governor’s Council on Disability “Elijah […]

Full repeal of prevailing wage passes House with narrow margin

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. — With just seven votes to spare, legislation that would repeal Missouri’s prevailing wage laws was given approval by the House. The bill, a House Committee Substitute for HBs 1729, 1621, 1436, would eliminate the requirement that contractors and subcontractors on public projects pay employees the prevailing wage where the project is being completed. Rep. Jeff Justus’ legislation would instead require workers to be paid the state or federal minimum wage, whichever […]