budget http://kcur.org en U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill On The Budget, Sexual Assault In The Military http://kcur.org/post/us-senator-claire-mccaskill-budget-sexual-assault-military <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>We’re nearing the end of this year’s legislative session in Washington, but things aren’t cooling off quite yet.</p><p>In the second part of Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, <strong>U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill</strong>&nbsp;joins Steve Kraske to discuss the future of the farm bill, the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, the recent House budget deal and what’s going on with John Boehner after his speech about the Tea Party to Republican lawmakers.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 16:27:12 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 48417 at http://kcur.org U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill On The Budget, Sexual Assault In The Military Fixing Fiscal Policy http://kcur.org/post/fixing-fiscal-policy <p>With the House of Representatives and the president once again butting heads over the federal budget, a government shutdown is looking more likely by the day.</p><p></p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 14:49:51 +0000 Steve Kraske, Beth Lipoff & Cody Newill 44126 at http://kcur.org Fixing Fiscal Policy MoDOT: Making Do With Half As Much http://kcur.org/post/modot-making-do-half-much <p>So imagine you’ve got a budget for home improvements. You’ve pared it down to the bare bones. You know exactly how much you can afford and you won’t spend any more than that. Now cut that budget in half. What things do you leave behind? And what are your top priorities?</p><p>This exact situation is happening to the Missouri Department of Transportation. With their budget being slashed to just about half, MoDOT is preparing to enter maintenance mode.</p> Wed, 29 May 2013 16:02:06 +0000 Brian Ellison & Matthew Long-Middleton 37523 at http://kcur.org MoDOT: Making Do With Half As Much Missouri House Rejects Senate’s Budget, Another Medicaid Expansion Attempt http://kcur.org/post/missouri-house-rejects-senate-s-budget-another-medicaid-expansion-attempt <p></p><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/">Missouri House&nbsp;</a>has formally rejected the<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">&nbsp;Senate&nbsp;</a>version of the state budget, setting the stage for final negotiations over the state’s spending plan for next year.</p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 14:12:22 +0000 Marshall Griffin 35930 at http://kcur.org Service Economy Could Bear Brunt Of 'Fiscal Cliff' Impact http://kcur.org/post/service-economy-could-bear-brunt-fiscal-cliff-impact <p>The Kansas City region has been recovering from the recession at a slightly faster clip than many other places across the country.</p><p> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 20:42:53 +0000 Laura Ziegler 29758 at http://kcur.org Service Economy Could Bear Brunt Of 'Fiscal Cliff' Impact McCaskill Hopes For Compromise On 'Fiscal Cliff' http://kcur.org/post/mccaskill-hopes-compromise-fiscal-cliff <p>Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, says that falling over the so-called fiscal cliff, the deep program cuts, and big tax increases set to hit January 1st wouldn’t be as dramatic as some people imagine. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 20:17:51 +0000 Frank Morris 29757 at http://kcur.org McCaskill Hopes For Compromise On 'Fiscal Cliff' Governor Nixon Travels Overseas To Visit National Guard http://kcur.org/post/governor-nixon-travels-overseas-visit-national-guard <p><a href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Governor Jay Nixon</a> is in Afghanistan visiting members of the <a href="http://www.moguard.com/">Missouri National Guard</a> who won’t be home for the holidays. Thu, 06 Dec 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Marshall Griffin 28594 at http://kcur.org Governor Nixon Travels Overseas To Visit National Guard Top Of The Morning News: Monday, May 21, 2012 http://kcur.org/post/top-morning-news-monday-may-21-2012 <p>Lawmakers in Missouri and Kansas wrap up their legislative sessions.&nbsp; A study finds compared to 50 years ago more severe weather is hitting the Midwest.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s a daily digest of headlines from KCUR.</p><p> Mon, 21 May 2012 13:18:23 +0000 Maria Carter 18029 at http://kcur.org Economy Rebounding, Kemper Museum Cuts Staff http://kcur.org/post/economy-rebounding-kemper-museum-cuts-staff <p>Despite a <a href="http://www.kansascity.com/2012/05/11/3605047/kc-art-museums-recover-from-recessions.html">recent article in <em>The Kansas City Star</em></a> titled &quot;Sting of recession fades for Kansas City art museums,&quot; the sting <em>has not faded</em> - and perhaps still burns - for newly terminated employees at the <a href="http://www.kemperart.org/">Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art</a>.</p><p> Fri, 18 May 2012 17:30:23 +0000 Laura Spencer 17876 at http://kcur.org Economy Rebounding, Kemper Museum Cuts Staff Lottery Win Means More State Tax Collections http://kcur.org/post/lottery-win-means-more-state-tax-collections <p>A Kansas lottery ticket winner is helping the state&#39;s bottom line. The still-anonymous resident won a nearly $160 million jackpot in a lottery drawing last month. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 20:17:21 +0000 Stephen Koranda 16121 at http://kcur.org Lottery Win Means More State Tax Collections U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver: Economy, Budget, Gas Prices & More http://kcur.org/post/us-rep-emanuel-cleaver-economy-budget-gas-prices-more <p>He’s just returned from lengthy deliberations in the U.S. House of Representatives over next year's spending plan. But is Congress getting anywhere? </p> <p>Tuesday on Up to Date, Steve Kraske welcomes U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver II (D, MO-5) to talk about the latest happenings on capitol hill, including budget negotiations, gas prices, and the economy.</p> Tue, 03 Apr 2012 18:28:55 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 15338 at http://kcur.org U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver: Economy, Budget, Gas Prices & More Obama: GOP Budget 'Makes Contract With America Look Like The New Deal' http://kcur.org/post/obama-gop-budget-makes-contract-america-look-new-deal Renewing his push against "trickle-down economics" that he says has failed the nation in the past, President Obama just said the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/03/29/149632898/house-passes-2013-budget-that-includes-private-option-for-medicare" target="_blank">Republican budget plan passed by the House last week</a> is so conservative and so focused on cutting taxes for the rich that it makes the GOP's mid-1990s Contract With America "look like the New Deal."<p>You would think, the president also told news editors holding a conference in Washington, D.C., that Republicans wou Tue, 03 Apr 2012 17:07:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 15349 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Mayor Calls For $1 Billion For Infrastructure http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-mayor-calls-1-billion-infrastructure <p>Kansas City Mayor Sly James presented his vision for next year's city budget and a lot more.</p> <p>James’ proposal went beyond a basic one-year spending plan. He proposed a billion dollar program to rebuild the city's aging streets, sidewalks, sewers and water mains.</p> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 13:18:53 +0000 Steve Bell 12297 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Mayor Calls For $1 Billion For Infrastructure KCMO City Council Reacts To Proposed City Budget http://kcur.org/post/kcmo-city-council-reacts-proposed-city-budget <p>Kansas City, Missouri City Manager Troy Schulte’s recently proposed budget recommendations for 2012 include a number of cuts, most notably a reduction of more than 100 positions in the fire department. On Wednesday, Fire Chief Smokey Dyer told the City Council’s public safety committee that the proposed cuts would violate national fire safety standards.</p> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 19:21:01 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 11127 at http://kcur.org KCMO City Council Reacts To Proposed City Budget Brownback's Budget Restores Some Arts Funding http://kcur.org/post/brownbacks-budget-restores-some-arts-funding <p>Governor Sam Brownback&rsquo;s budget proposal would reinstate some funding for arts programs, but would do away with the Kansas Arts Commission. The Kansas Film Commission and Arts Commission would be combined to become the Kansas Creative Industries Commission.</p><p>The governor&rsquo;s budget would provide $200,000 to the new organization. State Budget Director Steve Anderson says that money would be available for arts programs that create economic development.</p> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 21:15:07 +0000 Stephen Koranda 10705 at http://kcur.org Brownback's Budget Restores Some Arts Funding Officials With NBAF Pleased About President's Budget http://kcur.org/post/officials-nbaf-pleased-about-presidents-budget <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d6e6377e9a8-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d6e6377e9a8-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d6e6377e9a8-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-952480.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>President Obama's proposed budget, released Monday, included $150 million for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, scheduled to be up and running in Manhattan by 2018. Officials held a teleconference with reporters to say they were pleased with the proposal, and that it would take four more budget cycles to complete the project.</p> Tue, 15 Feb 2011 16:29:22 +0000 Laura Ziegler 7574 at http://kcur.org KC Spending Cuts Pay Off In Strong Fund Balance http://kcur.org/post/kc-spending-cuts-pay-strong-fund-balance <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d6f91c9d9bf-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d6f91c9d9bf-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d6f91c9d9bf-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-910410.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City, Missouri finance department verified Wednesday that after two years of major spending cuts the city has money in the bank. And the mayor and council members immediately started talking about how much more the city should borrow. KCUR's Steve Bell reports.<br /></p> Thu, 01 Jul 2010 06:18:34 +0000 Steve Bell 6776 at http://kcur.org Raising The Cigarette Tax: Is it Viable In Missouri? http://kcur.org/post/raising-cigarette-tax-it-viable-missouri <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d6f91c9b8e1-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d6f91c9b8e1-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d6f91c9b8e1-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-906328.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers this year made deep cuts to the state budget that takes effect next month. Governor Jay Nixon has indicated he may slice up to $350 million more when he signs the budget into law. Fellow Democrats have proposed ways to keep the budget-cutting knife out of Nixon's hand by enhancing revenue. One common suggestion is raising Missouri's cigarette tax. But as Marshall Griffin reports, that's not as easy as it sounds.</p> Tue, 08 Jun 2010 18:20:18 +0000 Marshall Griffin 6700 at http://kcur.org Missouri House Debates Budget Late Into The Night http://kcur.org/post/missouri-house-debates-budget-late-night <p>Jefferson City, Mo. – The House Budget Committee spent nearly four hours Wednesday night amending and voting on bills that make up the state budget.</p> Thu, 18 Mar 2010 15:48:40 +0000 Marshall Griffin 6428 at http://kcur.org Nixon: Revenue Shortfalls Pose Challenges In Missouri http://kcur.org/post/nixon-revenue-shortfalls-pose-challenges-missouri <p>Kansas City, Mo. – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says the recent news of significantly smaller than expected revenues will mean some challenging choices for the state. The governor says he and other lawmakers are considering a number of ways to deal with the problem, like privatizing child support collection services and reducing physical government work space.</p> Thu, 04 Mar 2010 08:19:47 +0000 Elana Gordon 6385 at http://kcur.org Nixon: Revenue Shortfalls Pose Challenges In Missouri