Author: Michael Layer

Michael Layer is a reporter for the Missouri Times and the Missouri Times Magazine. He joined the Missouri Times in August 2017 after graduating from Goucher College the previous May. To contact Michael, email or follow him on Twitter @_MichaelLayer

Cunningham: HCB3 replacement will be ‘hopefully one of the first bills in regular session’

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Mike Cunningham, R- Rogersville, sparked interest when he met with Missouri Governor Eric Greitens to unveil his proposed fix to budgetary cuts that removed in-home care for previously estimated 8,000 elderly Missourians. “We’re just going to take it during the regular session,” Cunningham said Monday. […]

Mathews promising GOP control in House

ST. LOUIS – As the Rep. Mike Cierpiot, the current majority floor leader, faces a special election during his last year in the House, Republicans have been competing to replace him. Rep. Rob Vescovo and Rep. Kirk Mathews are both currently vying for the position. Mathews joined host Scott Faughn […]

MHFRC approves over $40 million in new application, $143 million in extensions

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In their first meeting since September, the Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee (MHRFC) approved funding for over $40 million in new applications to construct or improve health facilities. The committee also issued extensions for health facilities projects worth over $143 million. Of the applications that were […]

Bondon elected as MHFRC chair

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Rep. Jack Bondon, R-Belton, was elected as the Chair of the Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee (MHFRC) at their scheduled meeting Monday morning. He was appointed to the committee in February by House Speaker Todd Richardson and will replace William Krodinger as chair. “I am humbled and honored by the faith my colleagues […]

Driskell resignation gives Greitens fifth seat to appoint on Board of Education

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Joe Driskill announced he will be resigning from the Missouri Board of Education (BOE) on November 9. Governor Eric Greitens has faced heavy resistance from the BOE as three candidates have withdrawn from consideration and he has been trying to replace Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven. Driskill’s […]

Cierpiot, Shields prepare for close SD 8 race

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. – Two days before the highly contested SD 8 special election, Democrat Hillary Shields’ climbs out of her little red car, armed with a satchel full of information pamphlets, and knocks on the door of a potential constituent. The door opens. “Hi, I’m Hillary. I’m running in […]

Silver Hair Legislature prioritizes medical marijuana as part of 2018 agenda

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Silver Hair Legislature (SHL), an elected body of Missourians that advocate for seniors, set their Top Five Priorities for 2018. They consist of a bicameral legislature that passes priorities for the upcoming year. This year’s priorities included securing stable funding for seniors through an insurance […]

This Week in the Governor’s Office: Week of October 30, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The week of October 30 – November 3, 2017 was relatively quiet for Missouri Governor Eric Greitens. His week was dominated by his correspondence with U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt, his report on shrinking the state government, and his sympathies for the New York […]

Missouri Community Colleges Association awards six legislators

BRANSON, Mo. – The Missouri Community Colleges Association (MCCA)’s convention and trade show, four legislators were awarded on Thursday evening for their support of Missouri Community Colleges. Rep. Jean Evans, Rep. John Weimann, Rep. Sandy Crawford, Rep. David Wood, and Sen. John Rizzo were recognized for their work in the […]

Where Are They Now: The #Thumbstoppable Gus Wagner

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gus Wagner, former chief of staff for two state senators, has been in and out of politics for almost all of his quarter-century-long career. Currently, he is president of The Rocket Group, initially, an internet-based marking company that became a speaking and training organization, and is […]