Tag: The Missouri Times

Walsh happy with November date for right-to-work vote

TWMP panel delves into investigation into the Governor Sen. Gina Walsh sat down with Scott Faughn on This Week in Missouri Politics to talk moving the Right-to-Work referendum to August from November. “No one has given me a reason, whether they should move it or not,” Walsh said. “I am perfectly happy with it in November but I am very confident that working men and women will come out and vote in both elections and […]

This Week in the Governor’s Office: Week of March 19, 2018

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Another week down, and despite the absence of the legislature in the Missouri State Capitol, the news cycle continued churning out stories related to the Governor’s Office and the ongoing investigations. Gov. Eric Greitens kicked off the week with a proclamation, reminding everyone to thank farmers and honor them with National Agriculture Week. Quick reminder for anyone who thinks food comes from the grocery store: thank a farmer! It's National Agriculture […]

Amendment 2 provision barring businesses from contributing to own PACs being challenged in courts

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – An advisory opinion by the Missouri Ethics Commission concerning campaign donations is being challenged in the courts. The lawsuit, filed by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, seeks to reverse the opinion issued by the MEC, blocking businesses from putting money into their own political action committees. Cole County Circuit Court Judge Patricia Joyce heard arguments in the lawsuit on Thursday. “We believe the Missouri Ethics Commission opinion places an […]

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 […]

Schmitt announces Missouri FIRST initiative to help small businesses and farmers

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt is back on the road this week, announcing the revamping of the state’s linked deposit program. Speaking in Springfield, Schmitt announced the launch and rebranding of the program, which will now be called Missouri FIRST (Financing Investment in our Rural, Small Business, and Technology communities). The initiative will be aimed at helping small businesses and agricultural operations grow and expand through the issuing of low-interest loans. “Small […]

Missouri mourns passing of Rep. Cloria Brown

ST. LOUIS – The Missouri Legislature is mourning the passing of one of their own. Rep. Cloria Brown, after battling cancer, passed away Sunday evening. Cloria Brown The Republican state representative from St. Louis County has served terms in the House since 2011, though not consecutively. Earlier in the legislative session of 2018, Brown shared that she would not be seeking re-election, due to her fight. Legislators and staffers shared their sentiments, saying Brown will […]

Uncertainty surrounds legal defense as a lobbyist gift from former ‘at no cost’ attorneys

Dowd Bennett exited as the defense for the Governor on a lawsuit against the Governor for using a message-deleting app to conduct state business last week, but not before they registered as lobbyists for Eric Greitens himself – while conducting a pro bono, or “at no cost,” defense. In January 2017, after being sworn in as Missouri’s 56th Governor, Greitens went upstairs to the second-floor office and immediately signed his first order of business, an executive […]

Senators not happy about lame duck Ethics Commission, suggest that Lt. Gov. make MEC appointments

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – “Beware the Ides of March.” March 15th has always been associated with the betrayal and assassination of Julius Caesar, and has, for more than two millennia, served as a stark warning of caution to politicians. But in the year 2018, the Ides of March carries another reason for concern in the Show-Me State. As of March 15, the terms of three members of the Missouri Ethics Commission – Bill Deeken, a […]

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 […]

Clean Missouri opponents cite concerns of gerrymandering and appointment process, supporters point to the language as the answer

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Could the proposed Clean Missouri ballot initiative hurt the political power of minority groups like African Americans or rural voters? The answer varies, simply depending on who you ask. The movement seeking to push ethics reform across the Show-Me State is moving forward, with signature gathering efforts underway, but some opponents are saying that some of the proposed ideas could shock potential supporters. Clean Missouri is seeking to bring changes to […]