Governor Mike Parson

Governor Parson to be in Milan to sign resolution regarding East Locust Creek Reservoir

Thursday’s visit to Milan by Governor Parson is to sign a House-Senate resolution that enables the state to join in a debt service arrangement supporting the construction of the East Locust Creek Reservoir. That’s the large lake proposed north of Milan to serve as a regional water supply and offer recreational opportunities. The resolution enables […]

Gallatin City Hall

Gallatin Board of Aldermen approve setting electric rates

The Gallatin Board of Aldermen this week approved an ordinance and resolution regarding the setting of electric rates. City Clerk Hattie Rains reports the ordinance authorized the city, going forward, to use a resolution instead of an ordinance to set electric rates. The resolution changed the electric rates for citizens and businesses. The rates will […]

USDA Sign

USDA to begin loan payments to socially disadvantaged borrowers under American Rescue Plan Act

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency published the first notice of funding availability announcing loan payments for eligible borrowers with qualifying direct farm loans under the American Rescue Plan Act Section 1005. The official NOFA will be published in the Federal Register early next week and USDA expects payments to begin in early […]

Eviction Notice

Advocates fear homeless crisis with federal eviction moratorium on shaky legal ground

(Missouri Independent) – At least once a day, housing advocate Melissa Pashia speaks to someone living in a car.  Once the situation gets to this point, it’s hard to get people back into stable housing, said Pashia, a housing resource specialist for the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council.  “Landlords don’t want to […]

Amtrak Train

Audio: Missouri’s Amtrak rail service funding was back on the chopping block on Wednesday

Missouri’s Amtrak rail service funding was back on the chopping block on Wednesday. Kansas City Democrat Greg Razer and House Budget Committee Chairman Cody Smith discussed the plan.     During legislative negotiations on the state budget, an effort was made to trim Amtrak service from two daily trips to one. About 170,000 people ride […]

Carl Lutz

Lawmakers introduce resolution honoring holocaust hero Carl Lutz

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Bob Casey (Pa.) introduced a resolution honoring Carl Lutz, a Swiss diplomat who saved more than 50,000 people – half of the surviving Jewish population of Budapest – from deportation to concentration camps during the Holocaust. While working in Nazi-occupied Hungary, Lutz obtained permission from Nazi leadership to issue […]

Medicaid Missouri

Missouri lawmakers urged to learn from states that have expanded Medicaid

As the state Senate debates Missouri’s budget for next year, groups are urging lawmakers to learn from the 38 states that have expanded their Medicaid programs. The budget passed by the Missouri House leaves out the $130 million needed to fund expansion. The remainder of the costs would be covered by the federal government. Joan Alker, executive director […]

Household Expenses, budget or mortgage

Missouri spending bill would offer money for mortgage help, utility bills

(Missouri Independent) – Help may be coming for Missouri homeowners behind on their mortgage payments because of COVID-19 income losses. The Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday added $150 million in federal mortgage assistance funds to the supplemental spending bill for the current fiscal year, one of several new sections using money from pandemic relief bills passed by Congress […]

Economy

Lawmakers introduce legislation to support U.S. manufacturers

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.), Rob Portman (Ohio), James Lankford (Okla.), and James Inhofe (Okla.) announced that they have introduced the Permanently Preserving America’s Investment in Manufacturing Act of 2021. The bill would ensure that American manufacturers can continue to make large investments, hire workers, and produce goods in the United States. “The strength of […]

Lawsuit

Missouri Attorney General files suit against Biden administration to reinstate Migrant Protection Protocols enacted by Trump

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed suit against President Joe Biden, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas, and several other members of President Biden’s administration to reinstate the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) enacted by President Trump and work toward combating migrant trafficking, securing the border, and ending the border […]

Doug Richey

Audio: Northern Missouri lawmaker to chair new Missouri House subcommittee on stimulus funding

A northern Missouri state lawmaker is chairing a brand-new House subcommittee on federal stimulus spending.     Excelsior Springs GOP State Representative Doug Richey is humbled by the appointment. The subcommittee will hold its first meeting in Jefferson City today (Monday) and will hear public testimony on capital improvement needs that could be eligible for […]

Election Day April 6, 2021

A preview of choices voters will see during today’s election in northern Missouri

In addition to candidates for public office, election ballots in the Green Hills Region today feature numerous ballot issues with polls open until 7 o’clock tonight. The city of Trenton offers the local use tax question which will be decided by the voters of the four wards of Trenton. All voters of Grundy county determine […]

Higher Education (college)

Missouri State Treasurer to host free webinar about saving and paying for higher education

In partnership with Sallie Mae and the MOST 529 Education Plan, Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick will host a webinar focused on providing information about saving for higher education and finding scholarship opportunities. How to Find Free Money and Save for College will take place on Wednesday, April 7 at 6 p.m. “Helping Missourians make […]

Prison Inmate or Prison Worker

Audio: Missouri could soon wipe out the debt it owes to counties for housing inmates

Missouri could soon wipe out the debt it owes to counties for housing inmates. State House Budget Committee Chairman Cody Smith says the House has passed a 34-point-one billion-dollar state operating budget that would get Missouri completely out of debt in county jail reimbursements. Missouri could be the only state in the nation that pays […]