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Confusion over ‘historic agreement’ on school transfers leaves House Budget Committee frustrated

Confusion over ‘historic agreement’ on school transfers leaves House Budget Committee frustrated

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The House Budget Committee held a hearing Monday afternoon to ascertain and assess an agreement reached on tuition for transfer students in June of 2015 between St Louis area superintendents. Gov. Jay Nixon announced the “historic agreement” in June, but the hearing involved quite a bit of wrangling over whether or

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Funding deadlock continues for MoDOT, Missouri HTC

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Stephen R. Miller, Chair of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, had strong words for those unwilling to raise state taxes to fund a department of transportation that continues to face budget woes. Miller said after Wednesday’s meeting in Jefferson City that while last week’s unexpected and “serendipitous” revenue boost would

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Joint Committee on Education to chart path forward on new standards

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — As working groups around the state formulate new education standards for public education, lawmakers will meet in Jefferson City later this month to decide just how those new standards will find their way into classrooms. The Joint Committee on Education is set to meet Aug. 26 to hear from the working

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Q&A: Rep. Dave Hinson

Saint Louis — The Missouri Times sat down with Rep. Dave Hinson during the House Republican Summer caucus meeting to discuss his recent guilty plea in a DWI case stemming from a fender-bender he had last winter. Hinson pled guilty earlier this week, but maintains his innocence and says he took the deal because it was the

Cornejo wants to put ‘fresh face’ on House Republican party leadership

ST. LOUIS – For Rep. Robert Cornejo, R-St. Peters, being a representative is primarily about working as an advocate for the best interests of his constituents. When he worked in the St. Louis office of former U.S. Senator Jim Talent, R-Missouri, he remembered helping one man receive money owed to him by the National Guard by just making

Cierpiot hopes to bring experience to majority floor leader role

ST. LOUIS – After former Majority Floor Leader Todd Richardson left his position to become the speaker of the house in the tumultuous final hours of the 2015 legislative session, Rep. Mike Cierpiot, R-Lee’s Summit, took over the Republican Caucus in the House for a few hours. Tomorrow, he’ll lobby to continue on in that

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House freshmen call for changes to special election law

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon called for special elections to fill the seats of three House vacancies yesterday, but not everyone in the General Assembly commended the governor for doing his job. Rep. Shamed Dogan, R-Ballwin, tweeted this morning that the districts which will hold the special elections will not need to wait more

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Butler’s site not your daddy’s campaign website

Saint Louis — Most websites for elected officials are dotted with photos of smiling families, carefully crafted campaign videos, and plenty of “DONATE NOW!” links. But Rep. Michael Butler has done something a little different for michaelbutler.org. Butler, a sophomore House Democrat from St. Louis City, is hardly front-and-center of the website, which looks and

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Rowden to face Webber in 2016

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Republicans finally have their candidate to take on Rep. Stephen Webber in the race for the Columbia-area senate seat in a race that could easily become the must-watch down-ticket race of 2016. Rep. Caleb Rowden announced yesterday that he would be challenging Webber for senate district 19, a seat long thought of

Burlison opposes tobacco tax hike for universities

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Rep. Eric Burlison, R-Springfield, took to the pages of the Springfield News-Leader this week to blast a plan backed by Attorney General Chris Koster and state treasurer Clint Zweifel to increase the state’s tobacco tax in order to send more money to public universities. Zweifel and Koster, the presumptive Democratic candidate for governor

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