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Tweet of the Day

Tweet of the Day

| March 6, 2014

COPHE News tweeted this quote from @repckelly re: funding for the University of Missouri: “if we continue to erode core budgets, then what are scholarships providing access to?”  

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Kelly Appointed as Minority Caucus Chair

Kelly Appointed as Minority Caucus Chair

| January 14, 2014

In a press release today, Rep. Jake Hummel, House Minority Leader, announced that Rep. Chris Kelly has been elected a House Minority Caucus Chair. The text of the press release follows:

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Rep. Kelly Remembers JFK

Rep. Kelly Remembers JFK

| November 22, 2013

IN THEIR OWN WORDS: Chris Kelly reflects on Kennedy’s stewardship … “He imbued society with a sense of responsibility for the whole. That may be one of his important, lasting contributions — that sense of how can I contribute…” View the video here. Read the full Columbia Missourian article here.      

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Kelly Receives Chamber Acknowledgement

Kelly Receives Chamber Acknowledgement

| November 16, 2013

At its award luncheon on November 8, the St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce gratefully acknowledged the hard work of Rep. Chris Kelly on a bonding measure to address urgent capital improvement needs.

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A Tough Decision––Rep. Kelly Will Not Run for Re-Election in HD45

A Tough Decision––Rep. Kelly Will Not Run for Re-Election in HD45

| November 1, 2013

With the decision having been reached to not run for re-election in Boone County’s 45th State Legislative District, Rep. Chris Kelly is not one to ride quietly into the sunset. While he writes the next chapter of his life, the media and his colleagues reflect on his legacy… Statement from House Speaker Tim Jones regarding […]

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All Eyes Were On Missouri

All Eyes Were On Missouri

| September 13, 2013

The centrality of Missouri to the issues of taxes and guns was evident in the national media coverage leading up to the September 10 Veto Session when the Republican supermajorities in the House and Senate attempted to override the Governor’s vetoes on HB 253 and HB 436. When the override failed on both bills, that […]

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KC Star: The 5 Fatal Flaws of HB 253

KC Star: The 5 Fatal Flaws of HB 253

| September 8, 2013

In an editorial, the Kansas City Star points out, with no indecisiveness, the top five failures of Missouri’s flawed tax cut bill: It raises taxes on seniors and students by repealing a sales tax exemption on prescription medicine and textbooks. It favors the wealthy at the expense of middle-income Missourians. The trigger lock is broken. […]

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MU Student Rally––"Kill The Bill?"

MU Student Rally––”Kill The Bill?”

| September 6, 2013

More than 400 students showed up on the MU campus Thursday night to hear a panel of legislators, President Tim Wolfe, and Chancellor Brady Deaton discuss the upcoming veto of HB 253. State Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, one of three lawmakers who took part in the discussion, said the bill undermines chances for restoring college […]

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Nixon's Ad for Missouri

Nixon’s Ad for Missouri

| August 27, 2013

Pulling no punches today, Gov. Nixon responded to fellow Governor Rick Perry’s (TX) come-on to Missouri businesses to “leave for Texas” if Nixon’s veto of HB 253 (State Income Tax Cuts) is upheld. (Listen to radio ad)

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Kelly Appointed to Ad Hoc Committee on Court Costs

Kelly Appointed to Ad Hoc Committee on Court Costs

| August 20, 2013

The Missouri Supreme Court has appointed Rep. Chris Kelly to an ad hoc committee to study court costs currently assessed in Missouri. The committee will clarify existing law regarding court costs, fees, and surcharges, including the possible redrafting of relevant statutes that would provide a simpler, more readily understood instruction manual on what is charged […]

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Columbia Receives Tourism $$

Columbia Receives Tourism $$

| June 12, 2013

The Missouri Division of Tourism has announced the award of $165,106.21  to the City of Columbia’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau in four Cooperative Marketing matching-fund grants. The Division of Tourism program supports countywide tourism marketing efforts on a dollar-for-dollar basis, as part of their effort to enhance revenue and increase jobs. According to Katie Steele […]

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Veto Speculation Abounds

Veto Speculation Abounds

| May 19, 2013

The 2013 veto session is scheduled for September, but you can bet that much speculation will fill cyberspace in the interim. It its article, Conflict-ridden session could lead to more Nixon vetoes, the St. Louis Post Dispatch points to the $700M corporate and personal income tax cut as a prime target, along with the bill […]

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Kelly Named Best of Columbia 2013

Kelly Named Best of Columbia 2013

| April 20, 2013

He’s done it again––three years in a row! If you haven’t seen the cover of the March 2013 edition of  Inside Columbia, it’s so worth it. The magazine again named Rep. Chris Kelly as its 2013 choice for “Best Public Servant”. Mayor McDavid and Sen. Schaefer can only aspire. The acclaim went something like this… […]

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Columbia Chamber Endorses Prop B

Columbia Chamber Endorses Prop B

| October 23, 2012

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors voted to endorse Proposition B, which calls for higher taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products, on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. Read the full article in the Columbia Missourian

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CBHE Endorses Prop B

CBHE Endorses Prop B

| September 24, 2012

At its meeting on September 5, the Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE)  passed a resolution supporting Proposition B on the November 6th ballot.  Prop B, the tobacco tax initiative, would raise the tax on cigarettes to 90¢.  At 17¢, Missouri currently holds the dubious distinction of having the lowest cigarette tax in the country, […]

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Conference Committee Reaches Budget Consensus

Conference Committee Reaches Budget Consensus

| May 10, 2012

On May 9, two days before the legislative deadline, the Joint House and Senate Conference Committee forged a deal on the state’s $24B budget. Final votes are still needed in both chambers, however.

Among the key decisions in the compromise spending plan:

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2012 Outstanding Legislator

2012 Outstanding Legislator

| April 6, 2012

Rep. Chris Kelly receives the 2012 Outstanding Legislator of the Year Award from the Missouri Asphalt Pavement Association.

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Sinquefield’s ‘Flat Tax’ Won’t Work

Sinquefield’s ‘Flat Tax’ Won’t Work

| February 28, 2012

Hear Rep. Kelly point out the flaws in the proposed ‘flat tax’ in this YouTube video.

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