MEDICAID EXPANSION COULD SAVE STATE $250 MILLION Expanding Medicaid eligibility in Missouri to 138 percent of the federal poverty level would save the state $250 million over the next three years, according to new figures released by Gov. Jay Nixon’s administration on Dec. 19. Most of the savings would come from the federal government covering […]
PSC APPROVES $260 MILLION AMEREN RATE INCREASE The Missouri Public Service Commission on Dec. 12 voted 3-1 to allow Ameren Missouri to impose a $260 million rate increase on its 1.2 million Missouri electric customers starting in January. The approved rate hike is about two thirds of the $376 million increase Ameren had requested. Under […]
NIXON APPOINTS PAUL WILSON TO STATE SUPREME COURT Gov. Jay Nixon on Dec. 3 appointed former Cole County Circuit Judge Paul Wilson to the Missouri Supreme Court. Wilson, 51, replaces Judge William Ray Price Jr., a 20-year court veteran and appointee of Republican Gov. John Ashcroft who resigned in August. Wilson, of Jefferson City, was […]
GOVERNOR TO SEEK MEDICAID ELIGIBILITY EXPANSION Gov. Jay Nixon on Nov. 29 announced he will push for expanding Medicaid eligibility requirements in Missouri so that the state can receive additional funding from the federal government under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. During stops in Kansas City, St. Louis and Springfield touting the […]
SUPREME COURT SAYS PUBLIC EMPLOYERS MUST BARGAIN The Missouri Supreme Court on Nov. 20 ruled that public employers have a constitutional duty to negotiate in good faith with employee unions. In a pair of 5-1 opinions, the court provided some clarity to the obligations of public employers five years after the court ruled that the […]
The Mizzou Alumni Association has approved its 2013 legislative priorities, including: Maintaining funding for the University’s core operating budget Creative funding opportunities for capital project needs for higher education, including a bonding plan A statutory change to allow Missouri counties to form single or multi-county districts for delivery of local MU Extension Education Programs. Read […]
In 2007 as Chris Kelly was just beginning his campaign for the House of Representatives, he met with a group of Southern Boone citizens to better understand their local needs and priorities. Two of the issues that emerged in the discussion that day were an overpass at the airport and a library for Southern Boone […]
SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS FIREFIGHTER RESIDENCY LAW The Missouri Supreme Court on Nov 13 unanimously upheld the constitutionality of a 2010 state law that allows veteran St. Louis city firefighters to live elsewhere, despite a provision a of the city charter that requires most municipal employees to reside within the city limits. The law at issue […]
DEMOCRATS WIN SENATE SEAT, 4 OF 5 EXECUTIVE OFFICES Led by U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill and Gov. Jay Nixon at the top of the ticket, Democrats claimed all but one of the statewide offices on the Nov. 7 ballot. Republicans, however, maintain their majorities in both chambers of the Missouri General Assembly. What had been […]
Thank You, Boone County, for your overwhelming support of Proposition B. In Boone County the proposed 73¢ tobacco tax passed with 60% of the vote. Sixty-four percent (64%) of Columbia voters approved it. It was the right thing to do. Ultimately, it fell short statewide by 42,000 votes–1.6%.
MISSOURI VOTERS TO DECIDE FOUR BALLOT MEASURES Missouri voters on Nov. 6 will decide statewide ballot measures relating to judicial selection, local control of the St. Louis police, cigarette taxes and health benefit exchanges. The four ballot measures include a proposed constitutional amendment and three statutory propositions. All four measures require just a simple majority […]
RETENTION VOTES FOR APPELLATE JUDGES ALSO ON BALLOT Voters statewide will decide on Nov. 6 if Missouri Supreme Court Judge Charles Draper III should keep his job, while voters in each of the three districts of the state Court of Appeals will consider whether a total of eight judges of that court should remain on […]
A Guest Op-Ed to Missouri Newspapers . . .
Missouri voters will soon decide whether to increase Missouri’s tobacco tax from 17 cents a pack (lowest in the nation) to 90 cents––an increase that would still place us nineteenth lowest in the nation
At the Missouri Bar Association’s annual meeting in St. Louis this week, Rep. Chris Kelly received one of twelve Legislative Awards conferred. The Missouri Bar honors legislators “making significant contributions to the administration of justice.” Boone County was well-represented at the Awards Banquet held October 19. In addition to Rep. Kelly, Dan Knight received Prosecutor […]