Missouri Legislature

Covering state lawmakers, bills, and policy emerging from Jefferson City.

Legislation opposed by unions is being pushed again by Republican lawmakers in Missouri, and the latest efforts are targeting the state’s prevailing wage.

Four bills that would either scale it back or eliminate it are being considered by a state senate committee. The law requires non-union workers to be paid the same amount of money as union members on public works projects, which include roads, bridges, schools and other public buildings.

The Missouri Senate is again considering capping the state’s two biggest tax credit programs, despite their popularity with local leaders in urban and suburban areas.

Two separate bills, SB 590 and SB 591, would place limits of $50 million a year on incentives for both historic preservation and low income housing, which are both currently capped at $140 million. State Senator Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, sponsors both. He touted them Tuesday before the Senate committee on ethics.

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Missouri State University President Clif Smart took to Twitter after Missouri Governor Eric Greitens announced his proposed budget for the next fiscal year, which begins in July.  The $28.8 billion budget includes a reduction of at least $68 million for public colleges and universities.

According to Smart, $8.6 million would be cut from Missouri State under the proposed budget, which is a 10 percent reduction over last year’s budget.  The university received 6.5 percent cut last year.  Smart said, if the budget passes as is, “both services and tuition/fees will be impacted.”

On the latest edition of the Politically Speaking podcast, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies welcome state Rep. Marsha Haefner to the program.

The Oakville Republican has served in the Missouri House for close to eight years. She is a member of the House Budget Committee and the chairwoman of the House Fiscal Review Committee.

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens unveiled his proposed state budget in his first public appearance in nearly two weeks.

But much of the attention remained on his past extramarital affair. Nearly half the questions asked at Greitens’ budget rollout focused on allegations that he threatened to blackmail his former hairdresser.