Welcome to the Missouri State Capitol News Bureau page! KSMU's Missy Shelton brings you the latest from Jefferson City. Visit our Capitol News Bureau where you'll find in-depth reports as well as links to helpful information about state government. And tune in to Jeff City Journal Fridays at 7PM and Sundays at 12:30PM on Ozarks Public Televsion. Each week during the session, Missy Shelton talks with elected officials about important legislative issues.
Last January, Jay Nixon was sworn in as Governor of Missouri. KSMU’s Missy Shelton recently sat down with Nixon for a one-on-one interview. They talked about ethics and what he’s learned during his first year on the job as governor.
County officials are preparing for the possibility of more state funding cuts. State funding is definitely on the minds of Greene County Commissioners as they’re working on next year’s budget. They’re hoping to avoid lay-offs, furloughs and reductions in services to citizens. KSMU’s Missy Shelton spoke with Greene County Presiding Commissioner Dave Coonrod about the budget situation and files this report.
Governor Jay Nixon was on the Missouri State University campus today to announce a higher education funding agreement. Under the plan, universities agree to freeze tuition for in-state students while the state only cuts higher education funding for four-year universities by about 5%. KSMU’s Missy Shelton was at the governor’s press conference and files this report.
Efforts in Congress to change the U.S. healthcare and health insurance systems have prompted much debate. KSMU’s Missy Shelton recently spoke with a political science professor about the issue and files this report.
Some Missouri journalists say they are beginning to see similarities between Governor Jay Nixon and former Governor Matt Blunt regarding their accessibility to the press on controversial issues. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reports.
Freezing historic preservation tax credits and investing in capital projects at universities were two of the ideas Governor Jay Nixon heard from business leaders during a stop in Springfield today. Nixon met with 9 business leaders at the new home of accounting firm BKD on St Louis Street. KSMU’s Missy Shelton was there and files this report.
An interim House committee met in Springfield Wednesday to hear comments from the public on how to prevent a state intelligence-gathering agency from overstepping its authority and engaging in what some call “political profiling.” KSMU’s Missy Shelton was at the hearing and files this report.
Democratic US Senator Claire McCaskill was in Springfield today for a town hall meeting on healthcare. The event drew supporters and opponents of proposed changes to healthcare. KSMU’s Missy Shelton was at the meeting and files this report.
Last Wednesday, Governor Jay Nixon took his pen to a bill that requires newborns to be screened for five additional rare diseases. All of them fall under the category of lysosomal storage diseases: that’s when the body’s lysosomes malfunction and don’t process unwanted material into substances that the body’s cells can use. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore spoke with one individual who personally lobbied for the bill.
If you’ve ever stood in line to get a new driver’s license, you probably had other things to think about besides who was operating that particular office, or how they were awarded the contract to do so in the first place. On Wednesday, Governor Jay Nixon signed legislation that dramatically alters the process by which Missouri chooses which groups or organizations run the state’s 183 license offices. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reports.
A state senator from south-central Missouri announced on Wednesday that he’s exploring the possibility of running for the US Senate next year. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore caught up with him by phone, and has this report.
Governor Jay Nixon is touring the state to explain and promote Missouri’s new economic development bill, which was signed into law last week. On Wednesday, he stopped by Springfield’s Chamber of Commerce, where he signed a ceremonial copy of the bill. As KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reports, the bill will go into effect later this year, but there’s still not a clear price tag on how much it will cost the state.
A new director recently took charge of the office responsible for encouraging minority and women-owned businesses to participate in bidding to provide services for the state. The office also works toward ensuring the state’s workforce is diverse. KSMU’s Missy Shelton spoke with Alan Green by phone about his priorities for the office and files this report.
Republican State Senator Gary Nodler of Joplin announced on Thursday that he has decided to run for the Congressional seat soon to be vacated by Roy Blunt. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore was at the press conference and reports.
Governor Jay Nixon was in Springfield Tuesday afternoon to talk about the “Next-Generation Jobs Team.” That’s a summer employment program that helps place young Missourians in paid internships in high-tech—and good-paying—jobs. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reports.
State Representative Bob Dixon was in Springfield Tuesday to call for the House of Representatives to hold public hearings on a controversial report issued by the Missouri Information and Analysis Center, or MIAC, in February. KSMU's Jennifer Moore reports.
Missouri lawmakers were busy this week as the senate tackled healthcare and once again tried to pass a bill expanding tax credits for businesses. Meanwhile, the budget is making its way through the process. KSMU's Missy Shelton talks with the Dean of the Statehouse Press Corps about what happened in Jefferson City this week.