Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Audio: Missouri Legislature to tackle state budget and prescription drug monitoring program This Week

The state operating budget and prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) legislation will take center stage in the Missouri Legislature this week.     Governor Parson has proposed a 34-billion dollar state operating budget. Missouri House Budget Committee Chairman Cody Smith of Carthage tells Missourinet that he hopes to see the House give initial and final […]

Medicaid

Audio: Missouri House Budget Committee votes against funding for Medicaid expansion in next budget cycle

The Missouri House Budget Committee has voted against funding for Medicaid expansion in the next fiscal year.     The committee, made up of mostly Republicans, has voted down 1.6-billion dollars in funding for Medicaid expansion in the next state budget cycle. Last year, 53-percent of Missouri voters approved a ballot measure to expand government-funded […]

Prison Inmate or Prison Worker

Audio: More than 1,400 Missouri prisoners enroll in career and technical training annually

More than 1,400 Missouri prisoners enroll in career and technical training annually. During a Missouri House Budget Committee hearing this week, Trevor Foley with the state Department of Corrections, says nearly 1,600 professional certifications were issued to offenders in the fiscal year 2020.     Foley says the prison system has a great placement rate […]

Coronavirus Stimulus Payment Graphic

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 […]

Higher Education (college)

Audio: Missouri Senator wants additional higher education funding to make college affordable for all students

The Missouri House Budget Committee is scheduled to hear today Governor Parson’s state budget proposal for higher education. Kansas City State Senator Greg Razer says state funding provided to Missouri’s colleges and universities is almost identical to what the state gave to them in 1999. Razer says in 1999, 70% of the University of Missouri-Columbia’s […]

Medicaid Expansion

Audio: Missouri House Budget Committee to take up Medicaid expansion sometime after state of state

The Missouri House Budget Committee will hold its first meeting of 2021 this week in Jefferson City. Brian Hauswirth reports Medicaid expansion discussion won’t happen until after the governor’s State of the State address.     The Missouri House has added a technical session on Friday, which will allow the Budget Committee to meet that […]

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 […]

Medicaid

Audio: Supplemental budget passed by Missouri lawmakers expands Medicaid and funding for child care

One of the Missouri House Budget Committee’s senior members says the six-point-two billion dollar supplemental budget approved by the Legislature on Wednesday expands Medicaid to those impacted by the coronavirus and are below the poverty level. Versailles GOP State Representative David Wood chairs the Appropriations subcommittee on social services.     The budget contains funding […]

Congested Roads (traffic)

Audio: Missouri House Budget Committee Chairman unveils $100 Million transportation plan

Governor Mike Parson’s office says they’re confident that a final transportation agreement with Missouri lawmakers is possible, before the end of the session in May. The governor’s office is responding to House Budget Committee Chairman Cody Smith’s 100-million dollar transportation plan, which does NOT incur new debt. The Carthage Republican has concerns with the governor’s […]