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Audio: Bipartisan support in Missouri legislature involving federal stimulus checks and taxation

There is bipartisan support for legislation ensuring that Missourians cannot be taxed on their federal stimulus checks. Missouri House Budget Committee chairman Cody Smith of Carthage presented his bill Wednesday in Jefferson City,     Smith tells lawmakers it’s important to act, noting that under Missouri’s tax code, federal stimulus checks related to COVID are […]

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Senator Josh Hawley introduces alternative to minimum wage hike, a pay raise through tax credits

U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) announced he will introduce new legislation to give blue-collar workers a pay raise. For nearly four decades, workers making below the median wage have experienced stagnant wages, and this past year, the problem has been made worse by unprecedented layoffs, reduced hours, and income disruptions due to the government shutting down […]

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Missouri in line for $4.5 billion from federal stimulus bill

(Missouri Independent) – Last spring, as Missouri businesses shed hundreds of thousands of jobs, Gov. Mike Parson warned that the state was headed for the worst financial crunch since the 2008 recession. Ten months later, Parson presented a budget plan that anticipates a $1.1 billion surplus on July 1, the biggest in state history. And if the $1.9 trillion pandemic […]

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Audio: Dentists say “Keep a regular schedule of care during the COVID-19 pandemic to prevent future dental issues”

During Children’s Dental Health Month, dentists are urging folks to keep up a regular schedule of care to prevent future dental issues, unless they live in an area with uncontrolled or high community spread of COVID-19.  By age five, nearly half of all children have at least one cavity – but in the last year, […]

Minimum Wage

Outlook for $15-an-hour minimum wage boosted by new government report

(Missouri Independent) – The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office in a report Monday found a gradual increase to a $15 federal minimum wage by 2025 would reduce poverty, add $54 billion to the deficit over a decade and increase pay for millions of low-income workers. The report could help Democrats make a strong case for including a […]

Sales Tax

Audio: Missouri could soon require online retail businesses from out-of-state to pay state sales tax

Missouri could soon require online retail businesses from out-of-state to pay state sales tax. State Senator Andrew Koenig, a Republican from eastern Missouri’s Manchester, is sponsoring a so-called Wayfair bill. He tells Missourinet his goal is to make the state’s businesses more competitive.     Koenig says his bill could bring in roughly 80 to […]

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Audio: House Budget Committee Chairman says Missourians should NOT be taxed on COVID stimulus checks

The House Budget Committee chairman says Missourians shouldn’t be taxed on federal stimulus checks. Brian Hauswirth spoke with Committee Chairman Cody Smith.     House Budget Committee Chairman Cody Smith of southwest Missouri’s Carthage says under the state’s tax code, federal stimulus checks related to COVID are subject to personal income tax. Smith says Missourians […]

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NCMC Student Support Services and Upward Bound to celebrate TRIO Days

North Central Missouri College TRIO programs will host their annual TRIO Days Celebration from February 17-20th, 2021, in Geyer Hall. TRIO programs like NCMC’s Student Support Services (SSS) and Upward Bound (UB) were the first national college access and retention programs to address the serious social and cultural barriers to education in America. Upward Bound […]

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Gallatin Board of Aldermen approve purchase of utility mapping system

The Gallatin Board of Aldermen approved an ordinance the evening of February 8th regarding a master project agreement for an advanced metering infrastructure system. City Clerk Hattie Rains reported the agreement establishes a partnership with Core and Main LP. The board authorized Administrator Lance Rains and Public Works Director Mark Morey to purchase a utility […]