Category: In The News
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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… […]
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, […]
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: