Right To Work

Audio: Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft Discusses August Right-to-Work Referendum

(Missourinet) – For the first time in more than 36 years, Missourians will be casting ballots on what’s known as a referendum. The right-to-work referendum will appear on your August 7th statewide ballot. A referendum involves a bill approved by the Missouri Legislature, which in this case is a 2017 right-to-work bill. Labor unions were […]

Sales Tax

Audio: Supreme Court ruling has far reaching impact on internet sales in Missouri

(Missourinet) – A U.S. Supreme Court decision issued last week means Internet sales in Missouri can be subject to state and local sales taxes. Federal estimates show that up to $13 billion was lost across the country in 2017 because those taxes weren’t imposed. Ray McCarty with Associated Industries of Missouri is skeptical the numbers […]

Planned Parenthood

Medicaid reimbursements for Planned Parenthood being stripped before Gov. Parson signs new law

Medicaid reimbursements for Planned Parenthood are being stripped before Governor Parson signs a bill calling for the action. Planned Parenthood of St. Louis has confirmed to Missourinet that it received a letter last Friday stating that the reimbursements had been suspended. M’Evie Mead of Planned Parenthood says state lawmakers were making a political statement with […]

Mike Parson

Audio: Missouri lawmakers react to Governor Parson’s address to the legislature

(Missourinet) – Kansas City Democratic State Rep. Greg Razer was pleased with Governor Parson’s speech last night to the legislature and Missourians.     Parson’s message urged lawmakers to serve with integrity, work as a team and elevate the tone of the political discourse. About 300 people attended a reception afterward in the governor’s office […]

Food Stamps or SNAP

Audio: State Auditor to announce results of probe into Missouri’s delivery of food stamps

State Auditor Nicole Galloway will announce results of an examination of the state’s delivery of the federal program that used to be known as food stamps.     The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is managed by the state’s Department of Social Services. Galloway announced the audit more than a year ago to examine safeguards […]

Governor Eric Greitens

Audio: Greitens’ departure leaves lawmakers with nothing to pursue although questions remain

(Missourinet) – The special Missouri House committee looking into the activities of Governor Eric Greitens was examining his compliance with campaign finance laws when he announced his resignation Tuesday. Early political advisor Michael Hafner told the panel there were discussions of foreign donations being pursued by Greitens, which would have been illegal.     Hafner […]

Governor Eric Greitens

Missouri judge rules Greitens committees must turn over subpoenaed documents

(MissouriNet) -A Cole County judge has ruled that Governor Greitens’ political action and campaign committees must turn over documents by Friday to a House committee investigating Greitens. During a court hearing last week, Mark Kempton, the attorney for the House committee, said the lawmakers want documents that are relevant to their investigation of the governor. […]

Governor Eric Greitens

Lawmaker, attorney both contacted the FBI over allegations related to Greitens

(MissouriNet) – Both sides in a special House committee hearing on an investigation of Governor Eric Greitens revealed yesterday they had contact with the FBI.     Republican Representative Jay Barnes, who chairs the committee, said he’d contacted federal law enforcement after hearing closed testimony from an early Greitens campaign advisor, Michael Hafner, who alleged […]

Missouri capitol

Missouri House holds historic special session

History was made Friday night in Jefferson City when Missouri lawmakers called themselves into a special session for the first time. The House, which is considering disciplinary actions against Governor Eric Greitens, met Friday night for about five minutes in the special session, then adjourned. House Speaker Todd Richardson tells Capitol reporters it’s unclear when […]

Missouri state capitol

Lawmakers investigating Greitens go to court to get more answers

Lawmakers investigating the governor are going to court to get more answers and Alisa Nelson files this report.     A House committee investigating the governor has filed a civil lawsuit in Cole County Circuit Court against the governor’s political action and candidate committees. The Jefferson City News Tribune reports that the lawmakers want a […]

Missouri capitol

Audio: Missouri House and Senate leaders announce they’ll push ahead with Greitens investigation after criminal charge dropped

Missouri House and Senate Republican leaders quickly responded to a felony charge being dropped against fellow GOP member Governor Eric Greitens.     Leadership in both chambers issued statements condemning the governor’s conduct. House Speaker Todd Richardson, House Speaker Pro Tem Elijah Haahr, and House Majority Floor Leader Rob Vescovo pointed to two reports issued […]

Affordable Care Act

Affordable Care Act: 2017 saw increase in uninsured Missourians

A new Gallup survey shows that the uninsured rate rose significantly in Missouri in 2017, a year marked by repeated attempts to repeal, sabotage, or weaken the health care programs and protections of the Affordable Care Act. Gallup attributes the dramatic increase in the number of uninsured Missourians to both the uncertainty created by repeated […]

Missouri Capital Building Jefferson City

Audio: Southwest MO lawmaker discusses his refusal to sign special session petition

Joplin State Rep. Bill White did not sign a petition to call the Missouri Legislature in for a special session to consider impeaching Governor Greitens. Despite White’s opposition, enough signatures have been gathered to begin one on May 18.     Lawmakers will consider allegations that Greitens took and transmitted an unauthorized nude photo of […]

Minimum Wage

Audio: Missouri State Representative Ellington wants to increase state minimum wage to $15 an hour

A Missouri lawmaker says the average person who works a minimum wage job is living in poverty. Brian Hauswirth from the MissouriNet has the story.     The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations says the state minimum wage for 2017 is $7.70 per hour. Ellington filed similar legislation in January. His bill was […]