Author: Benjamin Peters

Benjamin Peters is a reporter for the Missouri Times and Missouri Times Magazine, and also produces the #MoLeg Podcast. He joined the Missouri Times in 2016 after working as a sports editor and TV news producer in mid-Missouri. Benjamin is a graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield. To contact Benjamin, email benjamin@themissouritimes.com or follow him on Twitter @BenjaminDPeters.

Hundreds of jobs in Missouri’s bootheel at stake as session winds down

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –With less than 48 hours left until the end of the legislative session, the entire bootheel is watching the Missouri State Capitol. If an economic development bill passes, it’s likely to green light approximately 300 jobs that would replace the hundreds of jobs lost when the Noranda […]

PSC finds compromise in KCPL rate case, still says they lack authority on EV stations

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Kansas City Power & Light will receive an electric rate increase thanks to a decision by the Missouri Public Service Commission on their rate request. The PSC this week ruled that KCPL should receive a rate increase of $32.5 million to reflect their increased costs of […]

Port authority bill, now turned economic development omnibus, heads to conference

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Several bills have been lined up, waiting for conference committees to work out the differences between the Missouri House and Senate. A few of these bills currently on that list arrived there after the House took pleasure in attaching amendment after amendment to the legislation, a message […]

Will Missouri be declared a federal disaster zone? It all depends on Trump

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The state of Missouri is still in the process of recovering from deadly flooding that roared through the state last week, but the question on the minds of many is this: will a federal disaster be declared? The Show-Me State has expended all available resources to […]

Dark money debate turns into a question of honor on the Senate floor

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Honor. That one single word, a simple term, affects everything in the Missouri Senate in their every action, thought, or emotion. Ethics. Another word, one that seems to go hand-in-hand with the first. Having finally finished the budget late Thursday night, the Senate returned Friday morning […]

Senate delivers circuit breaker along with budget

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Senate’s journey to push out the state’s $27.8 billion budget has been a hurried effort, having received the bills later than usual, but Missouri’s upper chamber managed to knock out the budget with 24 hours to spare. Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, serves as the […]

Government officials and private sector both look to provide relief for flood victims

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Days of rain and record levels of swollen rivers devastated the Show-Me State this week, and as Missourians now look to recover, members of the government and private sector are looking provide relief. The floodwaters claimed the lives at least two people in Missouri while wreaking […]