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Missouri System Review Commission Should Prioritize Curriculum Transparency

Missouri System Review Commission Should Prioritize Curriculum Transparency

By Gregg Keller The mostly-manufactured “unrest” at the University of Missouri – Columbia campus and the actions of one disgraced professor perfectly illustrate why changes are needed within the University of Missouri System.  The newly-created University of Missouri System Review Commission has a tremendous opportunity to recommend significant reforms to improve the standing and operations

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A View from the Commission: Thank you, Steve Miller.

by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission Former Commission Chair Steve Miller started this newsletter back in March of 2014 to keep transportation stakeholders, elected officials, the media and others abreast of the many issues we face as we seek to deliver the type of transportation system that Missourians want and deserve. Since that first

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Court of Appeals deals Reynolds American’s ballot measure a critical blow

By Andy Arnold   Earlier today, the Missouri Court of Appeals – Western District rendered a decision that could be the final straw that breaks Joe Camel’s back and keeps the Reynolds American backed Raise Your Hands for Kids (RYH4K) ballot measure to raise Missouri cigarette taxes by as much as $1.27 a pack off

Cigna-Anthem Merger Would Harm Consumers, Competition

To the Editor: Missouri’s largest physician and hospital organizations took notice of Rep. Eric Burlison’s suggestion (Mailbag, June 28) that the proposed merger of health insurance giants Anthem and Cigna could benefit Missouri consumers. While he raises some interesting points, a widely-embraced and very different viewpoint contends that the merger would significantly reduce insurance market

View From the Chair: A Final View

By Stephen H. Miller, Missouri Highways and Transportation Commissioner Seven years ago, Governor Jay Nixon appointed me to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. It has been a wonderful experience. I will be forever grateful to the Governor (and to the Senate who confirmed me) for the opportunity to work with such a talented group

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An Open Letter to Professor Hawley

June 14, 2016 Professor Joshua D. Hawley 323 Hulston Hall Columbia, Missouri 65211 Dear Professor Hawley: As the chairman of the House Committee on Government Oversight and Accountability, I have investigated wasteful or incompetent governance many times in the past six years. As a Missourian, I want to be certain that those in charge of

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Meet the Missouri Office of Public Counsel

by James Owen, acting public counsel Here at the Missouri Office of Public Counsel (OPC), we get a lot of questions. The main one: “What is it that you do again?” Since being named Acting Director in February, I’ve learned there is much confusion about OPC’s important role. As such, I’ve pledged to improve upon

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Lafayette County Republicans reflect on grassroots

By Kay Hoflander Lafayette County Republican Central Committee Chair MRP State Committee Member serving on Rules Sub-Committee, Executive Committee Kinder, Brunner and Hanaway all have a following in my part of the state, and all three have effective and respected campaigns here. We have never seen the fourth Governor candidate Greitens in our area. There are

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