Rob Schaaf http://kcur.org en Missouri Senate Republicans Block 1-Cent Transportation Sales Tax http://kcur.org/post/missouri-senate-republicans-block-1-cent-transportation-sales-tax <p></p><p>A group of Republicans in the Missouri Senate has blocked a proposed constitutional amendment that would create a one-cent sales tax to help fund the state’s transportation needs.</p><p>The tax would require voter approval and would expire after 10 years unless voters renew it. Five percent of revenues raised would be designated for cities and another five percent for counties to pay for local transportation needs.&nbsp; Those factors were not enough to sway several Republicans, including Rob Schaaf of St. Joseph, who conducted a filibuster Tuesday night.</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 13:45:47 +0000 Marshall Griffin 36781 at http://kcur.org Missouri Senate Republicans Block 1-Cent Transportation Sales Tax Electric Surcharge Bill Stalls In Missouri Senate http://kcur.org/post/electric-surcharge-bill-stalls-missouri-senate <p></p><p>Legislation has stalled in the Missouri Senate that would allow investor-owned electric companies to charge consumers for infrastructure improvements.</p><p>Opponents argued that Ameren Missouri, Empire District and Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&amp;L)&nbsp;make enough money to pay for improvements without levying an Infrastructure System Replacement&nbsp;Surcharge (ISRS) on their customers.&nbsp; Several Senators are blocking the measure, including Republican Rob Schaaf of St. Joseph.</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 14:08:58 +0000 Marshall Griffin 36064 at http://kcur.org Electric Surcharge Bill Stalls In Missouri Senate Missouri’s Health Exchange: A Story Of Unrequited Love http://kcur.org/post/missouri-s-health-exchange-story-unrequited-love <p>For more than a year, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and others at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have been courting states to take part in setting up and running a health insurance exchange. But Missouri, home of an enthusiastic governor and opposing legislature, keeps sending mixed messages. Now, with Friday’s deadline looming for states to commit to joining the feds in setting up an exchange, it appears as though HHS will be flying solo in the Show-Me state. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 00:24:38 +0000 Elana Gordon 32030 at http://kcur.org Missouri’s Health Exchange: A Story Of Unrequited Love Will Missouri Adopt A Prescription Drug Monitoring Program? http://kcur.org/post/will-missouri-adopt-prescription-drug-monitoring-program <p>Efforts to establish a prescription drug monitoring program in Missouri are making a comeback this year. But there’s a twist: the main opponent of establishing such a program is now sponsoring legislation. Mon, 04 Feb 2013 20:53:03 +0000 Elana Gordon 31436 at http://kcur.org Will Missouri Adopt A Prescription Drug Monitoring Program? Coming To A Missouri Ballot This Fall: Another Health Care Referendum http://kcur.org/post/coming-missouri-ballot-fall-another-health-care-referendum <p>This fall, voters in Missouri will face a number of decisions: picking state and congressional representatives, the President. But also on the ballot will be a measure that like two years ago, has to do with the federal health law. It follows months of political tension over a key component.</p> Fri, 08 Jun 2012 20:16:27 +0000 Elana Gordon 19090 at http://kcur.org Coming To A Missouri Ballot This Fall: Another Health Care Referendum