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Lawmakers raise eyebrows at UM System spending amid tax increase request

Lawmakers raise eyebrows at UM System spending amid tax increase request

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Financial decisions of the University of Missouri System are in the spotlight as news has broken that the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) paid $65,000 to book an hour visit from Chelsea Clinton, just a week after confusion that the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) purchased a golf course.

Missouri Picnics Cost More This Year

  As shoppers plan menus for summer outings, they will find food needed to feed a gathering of 10 people will cost a little more overall this year than last, but significantly less than the national average. The menu used for comparing prices year-over-year included hamburgers, hot dogs, pork spare ribs, potato salad, baked beans,

Poll: Same Sex Marriage Missouri Statewide

  Jefferson City, MO – Statewide Poll: Missourians’ Views on Same-sex Marriage Missouri Alliance for Freedom commissioned Remington Research, a Kansas City based polling company to survey likely 2016 general election voters on their opinions of issues related to same-sex marriage following last week’s Supreme Court’s decision. “From these numbers it is clear that Missourian’s


SCOTUS rulings on lethal injection, EPA have Missouri impact

Saint Louis, Mo. — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on two cases today that will have a direct impact on Missouri. Missouri joined 22 states in the Michigan v. EPA case, arguing that the Environmental Protection Agency did not properly consider the costs to utilities and others in the power sector before setting new regulations


    Education Reform Group Will Continue to Advocate Student Transfer Rights     June 26, 2015 (ST. LOUIS) – Today, Gov. Nixon vetoed Missouri House Bill 42 (HB42), hard fought legislation that would have expanded options for Missouri students seeking to transfer out of unaccredited schools. The Children’s Education Alliance of Missouri (CEAM) has

Governor Nixon’s Vetoes Student Transfer Bill and Turns Back on Students Trapped in Failing Schools

For Immediate Release  Date: June 26, 2015  Contact: Ryan Stauffer (816) 519-9933   Governor Nixon’s Vetoes Student Transfer Bill and Turns Back on Students Trapped in Failing Schools   Jefferson City, MO-Today, Governor Nixon vetoed House Bill 42, which would address problems with the state’s student transfer law and provide critical help to students trapped in failing schools. House Bill 42 would also provided quality school choice options for families who desperately need them.  

State Budget Director to retire

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Linda Luebbering, who has served as State Budget Director since 2009, is retiring from state government in August. Dan Haug, Director of the Administrative Services Division at the Missouri Department of Mental Health will serve as acting budget director in until a replacement is announced. Luebbering has served as a staple


UMSL buys golf course amid push for tax increase

Saint Louis, Mo. — The state’s only land-grant university system is adding just a little more land to the equation. The University of Missouri system now owns a golf course. Specifically, they are the new owners and operators of Normandie Golf Course, which isn’t far from the UMSL southern campus and was purchased for $1.4


Nicklas starts new consulting firm

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Dawn Nicklas, a thirty-year capital veteran, has ventured to start her own lobbying firm after working for Burton-Liese for the last ten years. Nicklas got her start working with Harry Gallagher and Bill Gamble tracking legislation in a time before computers were used to track legislation. When GovWatch emerged, Nicklas went to work

Black caucus, lawmaker clash over Confederate Flag

COLUMBIA, Mo. — A Republican lawmaker’s connection to a ceremony honoring fallen Confederate soldiers over the weekend is drawing ire from Missouri’s Legislative Black Caucus. Rep. Chuck Basye, a Republican, attended a re-enactment event and gravestone unveiling at which some participants saluted the Confederate Flag honoring a band of Confederate soldiers killed on May 24,