Political Rewind: How Missouri Could Be Affected by the Fiscal Cliff

Our roundup of some of the Missouri political stories that hit the media this week.

Editor's Note: The following articles were aggregated from several news organizations in Missouri. You can read more about each story by clicking on the headline.

Projected state 'fiscal cliff' losses are speculative but instructive (St. Louis Beacon)

If the White House and Congress can't agree on how to avoid the "fiscal cliff" by year's end, Missouri and Illinois would be hit by the across-the-board cuts in federal spending in January. Universities, defense firms and military installations would be among those affected.

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Jones considers bid for lieutenant governor, plans effort to curb labor rights (St. Louis Beacon)

New Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones confirms that he’s considering a bid for lieutenant governor, should incumbent Peter Kinder, a fellow Republican, succeed in a bid for Congress. Meanwhile, Jones is planning for the House to consider proposals to curb labor rights.

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Aldermen pass 'Arch tax' out of committee after lengthy public hearing (St. Louis Beacon)

A St. Louis Board of Aldermen committee approved legislation to place on the ballot a multi-faceted sales tax proposal aimed at funding, among other things, improvements around the St. Louis Arch.

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Nixon names Hogan as new St. Louis circuit judge (St. Louis Beacon)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has just announced that he has appointed Associate Circuit Judge Elizabeth Byrne Hogan to serve as the new circuit cudge in the 22nd Judicial Circuit, which takes in the city of St. Louis. Hogan replaces Judge Lisa Van Amburg, now on the Missouri Court of Appeals.

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Russ Carnahan focuses on the present as he contemplates a new future (St. Louis Beacon)

U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis, isn’t sure exactly what he will be doing when he ends in a few weeks his career representing Missouri’s old 3rd District. But he does know what he won’t be doing. He won’t run in the soon-to-be-vacated 8th congressional district. And he won’t run for St. Louis mayor.

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McCaskill rips House GOP leaders on Violence Against Women Act (St. Louis Beacon)

Sen. Claire McCaskill says House Republican leaders “should be ashamed of themselves” for blocking action on a Senate-passed expanding the Violence Against Women Act.

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Most Missourians favor health insurance exchange, expanding Medicaid, poll says (St. Louis Beacon)

Nothwistanding the views of Republicans who control the Missouri Legislature, most voters seem to favor expanding Medicaid and setting up an insurance exchange program, according to a poll released by the Missouri Foundation for Health.

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Slay jumps into regional fray over workforce mandates for projects funded with public money (St. Louis Beacon)

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay has issued an executive order mandating workforce requirements for major development. His order follows the St. Louis Council's action Tuesday in favor of an ordinance to require major contractors to operate federally approved apprenticeship programs. Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, is threatening legislative action to stop it.

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State says it can't afford to implement new charter school law (St. Louis Beacon)

Missouri lawmakers authorized an expansion of charter schools beyond St. Louis and Kansas City, plus creation of a new statewide charter school commission. But they didn't appropriate any money to pay for it.

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Missouri House budget committees take shape (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, announced today his picks to serve on the six appropriations committees that will oversee the budget process for the chamber during the upcoming session.

For more committee member information, click on the above link.





Sheldon J Harber December 17, 2012 at 11:27 AM
Everyone right now can prepare for the fiscal cliff. Tax planning, IRA's. Time is running out, have to do it before 12/31. http://www.assetstrategiesinc.com/fiscal-cliff-financial-planning-part-2/


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