Archive for February, 2013
GOP REJECTS MEDICAID EXPANSION, OFFERS ALTERNATIVE Republicans on the House Government Oversight and Accountability Committee on Feb. 25 summarily rejected legislation backed by all of the Missouri’s major business and medical organizations that would create 24,000 jobs in the state by expanding the state’s Medicaid eligibility threshold to 138 percent of the federal poverty level […]
SENATE PASSES TAXING POWER FOR EXTENSION COUNCILS The Senate on Feb. 18 voted 23-7 in favor of legislation that would give local University of Missouri Extension councils the power to levy property taxes. The measure, SB 9, now advances to the House of Representatives. University Extension councils already exist in every Missouri county with the […]
HOUSE REPUBLICANS TAKE 8TH TRY AT PHOTO VOTER ID For the eighth straight year, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Feb. 14 approved legislation that seeks to require Missourians to show government-issued photo identification at their polling place in order to vote. Such a requirement could potentially disenfranchise many of the estimated 250,000 Missourians — […]
GOVERNOR RELEASES $8.4 MILLION FOR HIGHER EDUCATION Citing robust state revenue collections, Gov. Jay Nixon on Feb. 4 released more that $8.4 million in spending authority for Missouri’s public colleges and universities for the current fiscal year. Last summer Nixon exercised his constitutional authority to restrict about $15 million in spending authority, including about 1 […]
A hearing on House Joint Resolution (HJR) 14––Funding for Higher Education, Improvements, Construction and Transportation Infrastructure––will be held at 5:00 this afternoon in House Hearing Room 3. Kelly is Chair of the Appropriations Committee on Infrastructure and Job Creation and co-sponsor of the joint resolution, along with House Speaker Tim Jones (R-Eureka).