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Greitens outlines plans in State of the State address

Greitens outlines plans in State of the State address

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In his first address to Missouri’s General Assembly, Gov. Eric Greitens renewed his call to lead the Show-Me State in a new direction. The political outsider’s first State of the State address consisted of a number of GOP reforms, while noticeably lacking any discussion of the state’s budget, typically a major


Richardson speaks of change, vows lobbyist gift ban will be first bill passed in the House

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri legislators returned to the Capitol on Wednesday for the start of the legislative session for the  99th General Assembly, a ceremony that is typically a lighthearted affair. But that was not the case, as Secretary of State Jason Kander began the ceremony with an unprecedented display of partisanship, addressing the


DHE, task force set to improve degree programs

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A task force of higher education leaders in Missouri has taken aim at the degree programs of the colleges and universities in the Show Me State. The task force was appointed at the request of Missouri Speaker of the House Todd Richardson and House Higher Education Committee Chair Steve Cookson in

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MO Lottery receives clean audit, on pace for another productive year

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The past fiscal year was a very productive one for the Missouri Lottery, and it looks like it’s on path for another great year in FY 2017. The lottery transferred $26.1 million in profits Friday to the Lottery Proceeds Fund, bringing the total for the 2017 fiscal year to more than $143.7 million.


Release: Department of Higher Education addresses Bright Flight funding shortfall

Last month, the Missouri Department of Higher Education requested your input regarding two proposed responses to a potential Bright Flight funding shortfall in FY 2017. Thank you to those that responded. Although MDHE has requested an FY 2017 supplemental appropriation for the program, we will not know the outcome of that request until the spring


Hundreds of Missouri teachers gather for annual convention

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Teachers from across the state are gathering to discuss their legislative plans for the 2017 year. More than 750 delegates will convene in Columbia for the annual Missouri State Teachers Association (MSTA) convention, which begins Thursday, November 10th. The delegates will set their association’s legislative agenda, as well as discuss several topics

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Amid contentious week, Koster and Greitens attend first head-to-head forum

BRANSON, Mo. – A governor candidate’s forum held by the Missouri Press Association in Branson provided the first in-person confrontation between Democrat Chris Koster and Republican Eric Greitens after a week of head-to-head conflict. Leading up to the debate, polls from The Missouri Times have shown Greitens falling farther behind the attorney general. Greitens went on

A Hand Up For Students

By Rep. Elaine Gannon, R-De Soto Education issues are typically a hot topic at the Missouri Assembly. This is laudable, as we must continuously strive to do the best job possible for students. However, while debate over what course to take to best serve students, parents, teachers, schools and communities is sometimes necessary, so at times


Preschools getting more attention in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon awarded nearly $1 million to an early childhood education project in New Madrid on Wednesday, another event in a growing statewide conversation over early learning. He made another $1 million grant in Salisbury later in the day. In addition to Nixon’s grants through Missouri Start Smart, this summer

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Casas joins the Dentons Group

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Katie Casas, principal at the Gate Way Group, will be joining the Dentons lobbying team on August 1. “I really enjoyed my time at The Gate Way Group and I am very excited about joining the great team at Dentons,” Casas said. “This opportunity will give me the opportunity to focus on