Rob Schaaf

Government
8:45 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Missouri Senate Republicans Block 1-Cent Transportation Sales Tax

Credit Marshall Griffin / St. Louis Public Radio

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.

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.  Those factors were not enough to sway several Republicans, including Rob Schaaf of St. Joseph, who conducted a filibuster Tuesday night.

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Government
9:08 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Electric Surcharge Bill Stalls In Missouri Senate

Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

Legislation has stalled in the Missouri Senate that would allow investor-owned electric companies to charge consumers for infrastructure improvements.

Opponents argued that Ameren Missouri, Empire District and Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&L) make enough money to pay for improvements without levying an Infrastructure System Replacement Surcharge (ISRS) on their customers.  Several Senators are blocking the measure, including Republican Rob Schaaf of St. Joseph.

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Health
6:24 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Missouri’s Health Exchange: A Story Of Unrequited Love

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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.

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Health
2:53 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Will Missouri Adopt A Prescription Drug Monitoring Program?

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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.

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Health
3:16 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Coming To A Missouri Ballot This Fall: Another Health Care Referendum

KCUR

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. 

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