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House Budget Committee (Photo courtesy of Tim Bommel, Missouri House Communications)

8 changes to note in the House budget

8 changes to note in the House budget

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As the Missouri House prepares to take up the House Budget Committee’s work this week, we take a look at a number of things in the budget that are noteworthy for a variety of reasons. We start with number one: the education foundation formula. 1. Fully funding the education foundation formula

Gov. Eric Greitens in the Missouri Senate.

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

House Budget Committee (Photo courtesy of Tim Bommel, Missouri House Communications)

MoDOT director says department is treading water

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Department of Transportation Director Patrick McKenna says his department is facing a number of challenges in their efforts to maintain the state’s transportation infrastructure. “Essentially, right now, we’re treading water,” he said. “We’re maintaining our system, but we are not improving. We’re fixing and replacing about as many bridges each


Kurt Schaefer: Growing Momentum

COLUMBIA, Mo. — If you’d told the state’s leading Republican thinkers just six years ago that a Columbia-area Republican senator was their best chance of seizing the Attorney General’s office, you probably would have been laughed out of the room. In 2008, Kurt Schaefer stunned political observers around Missouri with a narrow victory over incumbent

Association profile: KidsFirst fights for appropriations, criminal code revision

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo – The goal of Missouri KidsFirst is to protect children from physical and sexual abuse. That’s much easier to do from one of the seven child advocacy centers the association represents, difficult from a state policy perspective. Emily van Schenkhof is the lobbyist for the association. The group focuses on getting harsher