Legislative Issues

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February 9, 2012Tax Debate at Capitol

The debate to replace the state's income tax with a sales tax was very interesting at MPA's Day at the Capitol.

You can access presentations from each side following the links below.

Anne Marie Moy

James R. Moody


February 8, 2012MPA Bills of Interest

Click here to read the lisitng of bills of interest. February 2012

February 7, 2012Capitol Reports, Jan. 27, 2012


Headline:  Legislation filed to address Missouri's failed school districts [Entered: 01/26/2012]

Legislation was filed Thursday [Jan. 26] to address the accreditation loss of the school districts in Missouri's two largest cities, St. Louis and Kansas City.

The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-St. Louis County, takes a substantially different approach for the two areas.

For Kansas City, Cunningham's measure effectively would eliminate the school district and divide up the district among adjoining school districts.

For St. Louis, her plan would expand charter school alternatives and provide government support for parents to send their kids to private or parochial schools.

Just before the start of the 2012 legislative session, the legislature's top leaders had made dealing with the non-accredited districts a "must-pass" issue.

The governor included reference to the two school districts in his State of the State address but did not offer any specific solutions.

* Get the bill, SB 706 [ http://www.mdn.org/cgi-bin/bills/billhttp.exe?FORM=SB&NUMp6 ] .


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February 3, 2012Capitol Reports, Feb. 3, 2012


Headline:  Senate forces out governor's nominees for economic development director, UM Board of Curators [Entered: 02/02/2012]

By Jordan Shapiro

Facing expected Senate rejection of his confirmation, Jason Hall announced Thursday [Feb. 2] his resignation as director of the Department of Economic Development. On the same day, the Senate blocked the nomination of Columbia attorney Craig Van Matre to the University of Missouri System Board of Curators.

Hall's resignation was announced in a news release issued by the governor's office as the Senate began meeting about gubernatorial nominations.

Neither the governor nor his communications staff was available for immediate comment.

During Senate debate, Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer, R-Dexter, said that at age 36, Hall was too young and lacked sufficient business experience to manage the agency that handles business promotion for the state.

During his earlier confirmation hearing, some members expressed frustration that Hall would not directly answer questions about his positions on various economic development issues.

Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, showed frustration in a meeting Monday [Jan. 30] after Hall told him he had no opinion on several ... continued

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