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PSC takes steps to change rules to improve transparency

PSC takes steps to change rules to improve transparency

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – With a busy week centered around hearings on the Grain Belt Express line, the Missouri Public Service Commission carved out time Wednesday afternoon to sign off on four tariffs and new orders. The PSC’s first order of business was to take up an order of rulemaking in regards to the confidential

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Former Governor Bond discusses opinion on current Missouri politics

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The celebrated former Missouri governor and Senator Christopher “Kit” Bond appeared on Sunday’s episode of This Week in Missouri Politics to speak on current issues in Missouri politics. Topics touched upon by Bond include job growth, an unbalanced state budget, state infrastructure and his desire to raise the gas tax. Bond

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Senate postpones confirming gubernatorial appointments over Greitens’ executive order

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri’s legislators managed to pass through a number of items during the final week of session before spring break, but one thing that went unnoticed by many was the Senate’s decision to postpone the confirmation of any gubernatorial appointments. It may sound like an innocuous event, given that the postponement was

State Treasurer Eric Schmitt testifies in support of right-to-work legislation Jan. 10, 2017. (Travis Zimpfer/ THE MISSOURI TIMES)

Schmitt joins partnership to expand MO ABLE program

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – State Treasurer Eric Schmitt announced Wednesday a new initiative to join with four other states to expand the Missouri Achieving a Better Life (MO ABLE) program, which will allow families and individuals with disabilities to set up special savings accounts to pay for expenses related to their special needs. In a video

Patrick McKenna provides informational testimony which supports Libla's bill. (Travis Zimpfer/The Missouri Times)

Department of Transportation joins in on paid family leave policy

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Earlier this week, Gov. Eric Greitens signed a new executive order instituting a paid parental leave policy for employees working in the departments of the executive branch Greitens’ orders apply to. The Department of Transportation is not included in those agencies, but Patrick McKenna, the director of the department, announced Thursday, that MoDOT would

Gov. Eric Greitens gives a brief statement moments before signing Sen. Dan Brown's right-to-work bill into law Feb 6, 2017. (Travis Zimpfer/THE MISSOURI TIMES)

Greitens reminds state workers ‘this is the people’s money’ in email

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – “We have to remember that this is the people’s money, and they are counting on us to be careful with it,” Governor Eric Greitens wrote in his email announcing a new parental paid leave policy on Monday. Greitens called for higher performance from state employees in the email, as well as

Gov. Eric Greitens speaks at the Missouri Right to Life legislative day March 14, 2017 as MRL President applauds in the background. (Travis Zimpfer/MISSOURI TIMES)

Pro-life groups finally embrace Greitens at legislative day

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As Gov. Eric Greitens took to the stage to hug Missouri Right to Life President Steve Rupp in the Capitol Rotunda, it marked a stark contrast from a six months ago when the influential anti-abortion group would not endorse the man who would become the state’s chief executive. But a year

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Greitens’ executive order on paid parental leave for state employees expected to cost about $1 million annually

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Governor Eric Greitens announced a new executive order Monday, instituting a paid parental leave policy for state employees in the executive branch’s agencies. The governor announced the decision in a Facebook video Monday afternoon, accompanied by his wife, First Lady Sheena Greitens, and their son, Jacob. “We need to do everything in

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Greitens’ tax credit committee meets for first time

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Senators, representatives and the picks of Governor Eric Greitens gathered in Room 750 of the Truman Building on Thursday afternoon for the first meeting of the Governor’s Committee for Fair, Simple and Low Taxes. Their first meeting started late, as the three senators on the committee had been held up by

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Galloway to audit Dept. of Revenue’s issuing of tax refunds as part of Budget Integrity Series

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As millions of taxpayers continue filing their federal and state returns, many anxiously await the check in hopes of a large return. Oftentimes, that wait can seem to last forever, but Missouri state law requires the Department of Revenue to process income tax returns and send out the refunds within 45

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