State Government http://kcur.org en Kansas & Missouri Legislatures End 2014 Sessions http://kcur.org/post/kansas-missouri-legislatures-end-2014-sessions <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So far 2014 has been a banner year for the GOP in both Missouri and Kansas. The Missouri General Assembly passed a major tax cut and expanded gun holders' rights despite opposition from state Democrats.</span></p><p>Meanwhile, the Kansas legislature increased public school spending to the tune of $129 million.&nbsp;</p><p>On Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><i>Up to Date</i></a>, Steve Kraske sits down with lawmakers from both states to discuss what they did, and didn't do, during the 2014 legislative sessions.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 16:31:54 +0000 Steve Kraske & Cody Newill 55963 at http://kcur.org Kansas & Missouri Legislatures End 2014 Sessions Missouri And Kansas Lawmakers Tackle New Sessions http://kcur.org/post/missouri-and-kansas-lawmakers-tackle-new-sessions <p>When lawmakers go back to work in Kansas and Missouri, they’ll have some hot issues to keep them warm.</p><p>On Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, state lawmakers from both Kansas and Missouri join us to talk about those contentious topics. In Kansas, the buzz centers around school funding and how the state’s Supreme Court could change the budget for education.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 18:56:18 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 49329 at http://kcur.org Missouri And Kansas Lawmakers Tackle New Sessions Missouri House Elects New Speaker http://kcur.org/post/missouri-house-elects-new-speaker <p>The <a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/" target="_blank">Missouri House of Representatives</a> has a new speaker: <a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/member.aspx?district=089&amp;year=2012" target="_blank"><strong>Tim Jones</strong></a>. &nbsp;Jones is a Republican from Eureka, Mo.</p><p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 17:33:03 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 28227 at http://kcur.org Missouri House Elects New Speaker Missouri Politics: Hiding Big Donations Is Easy And Legal http://kcur.org/post/missouri-politics-hiding-big-donations-easy-and-legal <p style="margin-right: 0.02in; margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 0.14in"><font size="3">Missouri is the only state where someone could donate $1 million to a political campaign, cover it up, and not have broken the law. It is one of only four states that have no limits on campaign contributions. </font> Thu, 03 May 2012 06:32:05 +0000 Steve Bell 17013 at http://kcur.org Missouri Politics: Hiding Big Donations Is Easy And Legal Report Cards Rate States' Integrity http://kcur.org/post/report-cards-rate-states-integrity <p>No state gets an &ldquo;A&rdquo; in a study of government transparency and corruption risk released by Public Radio International. Kansas ranked fairly high for safeguards, at number 9. Missouri finished at number 21.</p><p> Mon, 19 Mar 2012 12:39:47 +0000 Steve Bell 14358 at http://kcur.org Report Cards Rate States' Integrity