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Republicans override Nixon, enact new welfare standards

Republicans override Nixon, enact new welfare standards

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Calling the reform much needed, Republicans in Jefferson City successfully overrode a veto from Democrat Gov. Jay Nixon on a bill reducing welfare benefits for Missourians. SB24 is aimed at reducing lifetime Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits to 45 months down from 60 and provides no exception for children.


“Strengthening Missouri Families Act” vetoed, legislature plans to override

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The “Strengthening Missouri Families Act,” which seeks to modify provisions of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), was vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon today at Operation Breakthrough in Kansas City. “Children already suffer lifelong consequences from poverty; penalizing them further for their parents’


Libraries see state funding woes…again

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –  Despite a strong social media movement and internet support, one group who will be feeling tightened purse strings are the Missouri’s public libraries, whose funding from the last fiscal year was finally released last month. “Missouri’s public libraries are in trouble. Big trouble. Missouri’s governor, Jay Nixon, is withholding the vast majority of state funding from


Lawmakers send budget to Nixon

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri lawmakers finally moved to send the state’s $26 billion budget to Gov. Jay Nixon’s desk after two weeks of private negotiations, a lengthy conference committee hearing, and battles in the Capitol over managed care expansion. Late into last night lawmakers diverged away from the lump-sum budgeting proposal that Sen. Kurt


Department of Labor honors fallen workers

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Labor held a somber ceremony in the Capitol today to honor state workers that were killed on the job in the last year. The event is an annual one, and Department Director Ryan McKenna told some of the families of fallen workers that were present that the

PRESS RELEASE: Libla, Wallingford, weigh in on PSC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 21, 2015 “One thing Governor Nixon and Republicans can agree on is the importance of jobs in Missouri. We are appreciative of the Governor’s support for protecting jobs in southeast Missouri. The fact is ALL of Ameren’s customers will annually save over $20 million if Noranda is able to remain in

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Rep. Genise Montecillo leads late push for Ameren to PSC

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Rep. Genise Montecillo, D-St. Louis, has written a letter to Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) Chairman Robert Kenney, and copied the Missouri press corps, expressing opposition to the PSC’s discussions on concluding the Ameren rate design case. Noranda Aluminum is currently the largest consumer of electricity for Ameren in the state,

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TWMP talks Right-to-Work, the budget, and 2016

Saint Louis — Senate Pro Tem Tom Dempsey joined This Week In Missouri Politics to discuss the coming budget fight and his decision to put Right-to-Work legislation on the Senate calendar for debate. Dempsey opened by reiterating that he would not support the lump-sum approach that Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, is employing in his version

ProgressMO files lawsuit against Missouri Senate

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A liberal non-profit advocacy group filed a lawsuit in Cole County court today claiming that members of the Missouri Senate were violating their free speech rights as well as state open records laws by prohibiting the group from filming public hearings. ProgressMO filed a suit naming Senators Mike Parson, Mike Kehoe


Schweich committee returns 480K to donors

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Tom Schweich’s campaign committee has dispersed $479,752.01 back to donors of the late auditor’s campaign committee for governor. Schweich’s April quarterly Missouri Ethics Commission report shows that disbursements began in late March, roughly one month after the then-State Auditor took his own life in his Clayton home. Schweich’s campaign committee has