Up to Date
10:27 am
Tue December 17, 2013

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill On The Budget, Sexual Assault In The Military

Sen. Claire McCaskill joins Steve Kraske to talk about the latest legislative issues.
Credit U.S. Senate

  We’re nearing the end of this year’s legislative session in Washington, but things aren’t cooling off quite yet.

In the second part of Tuesday's Up to Date, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill 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.


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Up to Date
9:49 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Fixing Fiscal Policy

U.S. lawmakers may be working late into the night this week to avoid a government shutdown.
Credit David Iliff/Wikimedia Commons

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.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, Bob Bixby of the Concord Coalition joins Steve Kraske to talk about the economy, the effect a shutdown could have on the country if Congress doesn’t pass a new budget and how the debt ceiling debate figures into the equation.


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11:02 am
Wed May 29, 2013

MoDOT: Making Do With Half As Much

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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?

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.

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9:12 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Missouri House Rejects Senate’s Budget, Another Medicaid Expansion Attempt

The Missouri House has formally rejected the Senate version of the state budget, setting the stage for final negotiations over the state’s spending plan for next year.

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2:42 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Service Economy Could Bear Brunt Of 'Fiscal Cliff' Impact

Kansas City.
ZTW1 flickr

The Kansas City region has been recovering from the recession at a slightly faster clip than many other places across the country.

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2:17 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

McCaskill Hopes For Compromise On 'Fiscal Cliff'

Senator Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

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.

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6:00 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Governor Nixon Travels Overseas To Visit National Guard

Credit U.S. Dept. of Defense Gov. Jay Nixon (D) meets with Missouri National Guard troops in Afghanistan Dec. 5th, 2012.
U.S. Dept. of Defense

Governor Jay Nixon is in Afghanistan visiting members of the Missouri National Guard who won’t be home for the holidays.

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8:18 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Monday, May 21, 2012

Lawmakers in Missouri and Kansas wrap up their legislative sessions.  A study finds compared to 50 years ago more severe weather is hitting the Midwest.  It’s a daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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The Arts
12:30 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Economy Rebounding, Kemper Museum Cuts Staff

Tom Otterness' "Crying Giant" outside the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.
Courtesy of Missouri Department of Tourism

Despite a recent article in The Kansas City Star titled "Sting of recession fades for Kansas City art museums," the sting has not faded - and perhaps still burns - for newly terminated employees at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Kansas Statehouse
3:17 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Lottery Win Means More State Tax Collections

aepoc flickr

A Kansas lottery ticket winner is helping the state's bottom line. The still-anonymous resident won a nearly $160 million jackpot in a lottery drawing last month.

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Up to Date
1:28 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver: Economy, Budget, Gas Prices & More

U.S. Capitol grounds in Spring
Gregg @ dcscorpio.blogspot.com

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?

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The Two-Way
12:07 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Obama: GOP Budget 'Makes Contract With America Look Like The New Deal'

Originally published on Tue April 3, 2012 12:08 pm

Renewing his push against "trickle-down economics" that he says has failed the nation in the past, President Obama just said the Republican budget plan passed by the House last week 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."

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Kansas City
7:18 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Kansas City Mayor Calls For $1 Billion For Infrastructure

Kansas City City Council Chambers in Kansas City, Mo.
Library of Congress

Kansas City Mayor Sly James presented his vision for next year's city budget and a lot more.

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Up to Date
1:21 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

KCMO City Council Reacts To Proposed City Budget

Kansas City, Missouri City Council Chambers
Library of Congress

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.

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Kansas Statehouse
3:15 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Brownback's Budget Restores Some Arts Funding

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Governor Sam Brownback’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.

The governor’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.

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Tracking NBAF
10:29 am
Tue February 15, 2011

Officials With NBAF Pleased About President's Budget

The President's budget, which was made public yesterday, pegs $150 million for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. That's the Level 4 laboratory designed to test highly contagious pathogens and foreign animal diseases operated by the Department of Homeland Security. DHS awarded the $650 million project to K-State a couple of years ago.

Officials told reporters in a teleconference yesterday they were happy with the budget proposal.

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KCMO City Hall
1:18 am
Thu July 1, 2010

KC Spending Cuts Pay Off In Strong Fund Balance

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City, Mo., 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.

The 34.2 million dollars the city has in its general fund today, day one of its new fiscal year, is about 8 percent of this year's budget. That's the largest balance in a decade, and the city's credit rating is also at its highest in ten years.

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Missouri Statehouse
10:48 am
Thu March 18, 2010

Missouri House Debates Budget Late Into The Night

Jefferson City, Mo. – The House Budget Committee spent nearly four hours Wednesday night amending and voting on bills that make up the state budget.

Committee members only made it through about a third of the budget bills before calling it a night.

House Budget Chair Allen Icet says so far they've identified 65 million dollars that can be trimmed from various departments.

"None of these should affect any services or anything. For the most part, it was either lapse, or funding that would be considered excess," says Icet.

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2:19 am
Thu March 4, 2010

Nixon: Revenue Shortfalls Pose Challenges In Missouri

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.

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