Saturday, January 21, 2012
Democrat Jill Schupp reacts to Governor Nixon's speech earlier this week.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
The State of Missouri continues to have to cut programs in order to balance our budget. In an environment where we are considering every option and looking in every direction for job creation opportunities, it is hard to hear that the Governor's proposal includes an approximately 12% cut to higher education. After all, we know that companies move to states that have a well educated workforce. With today's businesses starting and growing in the areas of science and technology, these cuts to our post secondary educational system seem counter-intuitive. And yet, we have few other places we can cut. Due to being unable to fully fund the K-12 education foundation formula, the legislature will be looking to revamp the formula so that it meets …
Monday, January 2, 2012
A look at what's coming up on Creve Coeur Patch and how YOU can contribute!
Welcome to a new week and a new year. We hope you had a safe holiday and are ready to get plugged back into what's going on in your neighborhood, schools and community. There is still something of a residual holiday buzz in the air in Creve Coeur, as city offices are closed Monday. In addition, the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on Tuesday will not be held. Also, most schools in the area will still be off Monday but everyone should be back in session by Thursday. Tuesday is the first day on the job for the new chief of the Monarch Fire Protection District. Wednesday is the opening day of the Missouri General Assembly. We'll be previewing some of the legislation already filed by Creve Coeur area state lawmakers. Thursday will see …
Thursday, December 29, 2011
A look back at some memorable Web videos from the world of Missouri politics.
It’s hard to believe, but 2011 is only a few short days away from ending, and the natural human inclination is to engage in retrospection. As is the case near the end of December, it’s hard to pick a particular issue or event that defined an entire year. In particular, 2011 featured fierce fights over redistricting, a devastating tornado in Joplin, delicate political maneuvering and a large dose of presidential politics heading into 2012. And even though 2011 was a nonelection year for most folks, there were still some notable contests that caught some interest. While the written word is a tremendous way to capture these moments, the Internet produced alternatives to informing the populace. Since 2007, I’ve been using the magical medium of…
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Creve Coeur area state lawmakers will all find themselves in new districts under new maps released Wednesday.
The judicial panel charged with redrawing state legislative boundaries finished its work Wednesday, leaving lawmakers, campaign strategists and voters to look at the new setup and how it impacts them. The shift is the result of redistricting that happens every 10 years in conjunction with the U.S. Census, a news release from Missouri's Appellate Apportionment Commission states. New maps for both the state Senate and House of Representatives have been submitted to the secretary of state by the commission. Unless they are challenged in court, the maps will take effect in time for the 2012 election cycle. "We have worked collaboratively to draw maps that comply with the constitution, the Voting Rights Act, and other legal requirements," …
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
The St. Louis Beacon reports big changes for the district represented by State Senator Jane Cunningham.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
The legislation could be a boost for life sciences start-ups in Creve Coeur and St. Louis.
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center campus was the backdrop for two photo opportunities this past summer as Missouri Governor Jay Nixon made the case in support of the Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act or MOSIRA prior to the special session of the Missouri state legislature. Wednesday, Nixon returned to Creve Coeur for a ceremonial signing of the bill, which could give the Danforth Center backers new tools to attract new tenants at the life science campus. Nixon officially formally signed the bill prior to an overseas trip to China. According to the Associated Press, under the legislation, state revenues equal to a percentage of the growth in the wages paid to employees of existing science-based companies will be used …
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Measure would put a constitutional amendment up for a vote
A proposal to phase out income taxes in Missouri in favor of a state sales tax of up to 7 percent is among the bills still in the legislative hopper in Jefferson City as state lawmakers work with less than three weeks left in this year's session. HJR 8, also known as the Missouri Jobs and Prosperity Act, was introduced by State Rep. Andrew Koenig, R-Winchester. It would put to state voters the question of whether to replace individual and corporate income taxes—along with state sales and use taxes—with a sales tax of up to 7 percent, a summary of the committee version of the bill states. The new sales tax rate would take effect in January 2015 at a level of 4 percent and be increased over a four-year period "to make the tax revenue-neutral…
Sunday, April 10, 2011
State Rep. John Diehl met with constituents Thursday in Brentwood.
Missouri State Rep. John Diehl, R-Town and Country, held a town hall meeting at the Brentwood Recreation Center Thursday night. The Republican represents Missouri’s 87th district in the State House of Representatives. The district includes a portion of Creve Coeur, Town and Country, Brentwood, Frontenac, and Ladue, among other municipalities. With all of the changes to St. Louis area congressional districts likely coming, and with Diehl chairing the house committee which has designed a new map, one might think that redistricting would dominate the meeting. However, the subject matter of the town hall was largely decided by his constituents and they wanted to discuss puppy mills. The meeting lasted about one hour and 20 minutes. Roughly …
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
A mountain of debt is just the tip of the iceberg, says Creve Coeur's state representative.
The one day party is to begin Wednesday at high noon in Jefferson City. Clean up to commence a short time later, and last a whole lot longer. As with every legislative session, the first day is one of pomp and circumstance; platitudes and parties. Five days into the new year, the champagne will still be flowing. Come day six, the spigot will run dry and aspirin and antiacids will be the hottest commodities at state capital pharmacies and newsstands. The hangover could last four and a half months. That's how long Missouri's 2011 legislative session is scheduled to run. Rep. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) admits Missouri is in a real fix, with no easy solutions. "It is definitely going to be a tough session," she says. In the term-limited …