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Senate passes joint resolution for one percent use tax

Senate passes joint resolution for one percent use tax

By Collin Reischman JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Senate passed a resolution today that, if approved by voters, would increase the sales and use taxes in the state of Missouri by one percent during a 10 year period. The funds raised are designated to be used for transportation purposes across the state. The legislation,

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House backs cuts to some prevailing wages

By Collin Reischman JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri House of Representatives approved a measure changing the way prevailing wages are calculated throughout the state by a vote of 91-65 today. House Bill 409, sponsored by Rep. Warren Love, R-Osceola, would preserve the prevailing wages of Cass, Clay, Franklin, Lincoln, St. Charles, St. Louis and

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House, Senate pass similar “paycheck protection” bills

By Collin Reischman JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Legislation that would change the way union fees are collected for political purposes passed the House by a vote of 90-65 Wednesday, joining similar legislation passed by the Senate earlier in the week. House Bill 64, sponsored by Rep. Eric Burlison, R-Springfield, would require labor organizations to receive


Senate gives first round approval to ‘paycheck protection’ bill

By Eli Yokley JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — State Senate Democrats were able to stall passage of the so-called “paycheck protection” legislation Tuesday until they could attach an amendment limiting some of its scope. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, seeks to prohibit public employee unions from using employee dues for political purposes. Democrats


Burlison approaches term with new goals

By Ashley Jost JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — In the midst of his third term in the House, Rep. Eric Burlison, R-Springfield, said he is mixing-up the way he      approaches his time during session this year. Burlison said during the past few months he has tried to focus on learning from his mistakes and


Legislation seeks to establish state Agriculture Secretary

By Ashley Jost JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Recent legislation proposed by Rep. Jay Houghton, R-Martinsburg, could change the structure of the Department of Agriculture.  House Bill 667 and House Joint Resolution 29, both sponsored by Houghton, would not limit or even alter the powers that Missouri’s Department of Agriculture currently has. The proposed constitutional amendment,

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Department of Revenue document scanning addressed in legislature

By Ashley Jost JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — During a hearing at noon on Monday, the Department of Revenue testified to the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee.  This testimony is one of the different means the legislature is using to better understand what caused the restraining order and lawsuit in Stoddard County dealing with the