Tag: Rep. Jon Carpenter

Minimum wage bill gets speedy approval from House

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The house perfected a bill aimed at stopping a minimum wage increase in St. Louis from going into effect. Rep. Jason Chipman’s legislation would prevent any city, town, or other municipality from raising their local minimum wage above the state’s own minimum hourly rate. Previous statutes […]

Slay defends St. Louis minimum wage increase in house committee

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay testified alongside several St. Louisans to oppose a measure explicitly designed to prevent the city’s minimum wage raise ordinance, approved last week by the Missouri Supreme Court, from going into effect. He waited alongside many of his constituents until 8 p.m. to […]

House passes limits on unemployment compensation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri House on Thursday passed a contentious measure that could limit the benefits that Missouri’s unemployed could collect. HB 288, sponsored by Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, would restrict the number of weeks that unemployment could be drawn to one of the shortest periods in the country. […]

Progressive legislators turn to podcasts to spread message

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Democratic legislators in both chambers have decided to take the airwaves in what has recently become a much more conventional method of communication: podcasting. Kansas City Democrats Rep. Lauren Arthur and Jon Carpenter launched their podcast, Podgressive, releasing the first episode on Soundcloud Sunday. Arthur and […]

House Democrats look to hold Greitens accountable with ethics bills

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – House Democrats are looking to hold Gov. Eric Greitens accountable on his repeated promises to “drain the swamp” and rid Missouri of “politics as usual.” The minority party filed six bills that appeared before the House General Laws Committee Tuesday night, aimed at addressing issues of […]

Lobbyist gift ban perfected by House

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The House perfected what many argue is the most important reform of lobbying reform package presented at the beginning of the session. A bill banning gifts from lobbyists, Rep. Justin Alferman’s HB 2166, took its last step to a final vote in the chamber Tuesday morning. […]

TWMP: Veto session and the end of the right-to-work debate (for now)

ST. LOUIS – On “This Week in Missouri Politics,” host Scott Faughn and his guests and panel talked about the end of veto session and the failure of House Republicans to overturn its biggest piece of legislation, the “Right-to-Work” bill. Union leaders Dave Cook, president of the United Food and […]

Pork and poultry farmers urge Nixon to support tax cut

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Pork Association and the Poultry Federation sent Gov. Jay Nixon a letter today expressing their support for SB509, the tax cut legislation sitting on his desk, and urging the Governor to sign the bill into law. The associations argue that the bill will help […]

House Democrats propose tax cut legislation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo – House democrats met this afternoon to discuss a legislation that was filed earlier today that would “reduce taxes for 99 percent of Missourians.” The legislation is sponsored by Rep. Jon Carpenter, D Kansas City, and fellow house Democrats like House Minority Leader Jake Hummel, D-St. Louis. […]