Senator Dan Hegeman

Audio: Senator Dan Hegeman presents information on Missouri fiscal year 2022 operating budget

State Senator Dan Hegeman of Cosby recently discussed work on Missouri’s Fiscal Year 2022 operating budget.     Hegeman added the state budget always starts in the Missouri House of Representatives.     After the Missouri Senate produces its own version of the budget, it has a conference committee with the Missouri House.     […]

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Audio: Missouri draws billions in federal contracts, 8th in nation, boosting growth

A new report by the University of Missouri Extension shows Missouri-based firms received $15.1 billion in prime federal contracts in the federal fiscal year 2019. Researcher Mark White led the study.     The NGA construction project in St Louis City is another large contract for Missouri and White says federal money boosts smaller firms […]

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States question whether new federal stimulus law rules out tax cuts

(Missouri Independent) – President Joe Biden’s massive pandemic stimulus law pumps a welcome infusion of federal aid into state and local government coffers — but one brief section is raising questions about whether states are barred from cutting their own taxes if they accept the federal help. The Senate added language to the COVID-19 relief package […]

Audio: Jefferson City Council accepts federal money to repurpose parts of prison and neighborhood.

The Jefferson City council has accepted a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to help with the redevelopment of the Missouri State Penitentiary.     The penitentiary was opened in 1836 but was decommissioned in 2004. Now the plan is to turn the property into a multi-use space centered around a hotel […]

School Funding

Audio: $76 Million in to be deployed to Missouri’s K-12 schools, once Governor signs supplemental budget

About $76 million in federal money will be heading to Missouri’s k-12 schools, once Governor Mike Parson signs the supplemental budget bill. House Budget Committee Chairman Cody Smith, R-Carthage, says the $1.27 billion supplemental budget includes $75.6 million for school nutrition services.     “i.e., paying for meals in k-12 education,” Smith says. “So this […]

Democratic Party

2020 was a bloodbath for Missouri Democrats. Will 2022 be any better?

(Missouri Independent) – There’s no point trying to spin it: While the 2020 election was a mixed verdict nationally, with Republicans gaining congressional seats and minimizing Senate losses even as Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump, the Missouri verdict was unequivocal. It started atop the ticket with Trump’s dominance. He and Gov. Mike Parson set […]

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Audio: Hospitals receive CARES Act funds but financial losses continue

Missouri’s hospitals have gotten some relief from the CARES Act- to offset the lost revenue from canceled and NON-COVID related procedures.  But the losses continue, says Dave Dillon of the Missouri Hospital Association- and the majority of the money for health clinics and hospitals is still in Washington.     Missouri’s hospitals got some relief […]