‘Dark Money’, Amendment 2 Court Decision, and Education Savings Accounts

May 8, 2017

With President Donald Trump and Secretary Betsy DeVos supporting parental choice from Washington, ESAs draw serious attention to the ongoing conversation in Congress about the role the…
`Dark money` bill finally gets hearing after secretive attack...
JEFFERSON CITY – The omnipresent storm clouds vanished Tuesday, and a little light was shone on a “dark money” bill that had languished in legislative purgatory. Way back in December, Sen….
New St. Louis minimum wage goes into effect Friday
ST. LOUIS * The city’s new minimum wage of $10 per hour for most jobs will take effect Friday, Mayor Lyda Krewson’s office announced. The ordinance for the new wage – which is well above…
Border adjustment tax could devastate Missouri importers, jobs
Congress has a rare opportunity in the coming months to replace our nation’s broken and dysfunctional tax code with one that is simple, efficient and fair for all Americans. But one…
Koch brothers-funded Americans for Prosperity starts ad campaign...
JEFFERSON CITY – A nationwide group backed by two Republican megadonors is throwing its weight behind a Nixa lawmaker’s bill that would require regular union recertification elections….
With President Donald Trump and Secretary Betsy DeVos supporting parental choice from Washington, ESAs draw serious attention to the ongoing conversation in Congress about the role the…
Missouri State Senator is "cautiously optimistic" about...
A Missouri lawmaker pushing legislation to fund Scottrade Center renovations in St. Louis is hopeful, with the session’s final week starting. The 2017 Missouri legislative session ends…
RTW: `If we had the election today, we`d beat this thing`
By TIM ROWDEN Editor More than 400 union members and supporters turned out at the St. Louis Labor Council recently to receive training to gather signatures on the Citizens’ Referendum…
`Dark money` ban sputters as Gov. Greitens` nonprofit appears...
Sen. Rob Schaaf has been demanding for months that the Missouri Senate debate a ban on so-called dark money. The St. Joseph Republican and a bipartisan group of like-minded lawmakers have…
Campaign contribution amendment largely overturned in federal...
2,600-donation limit remains KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Western District Court of Missouri overturned the one of popular ballot issue in the state Friday when it ruled the state needs to stop…

PLA passes and a National Paycheck Protection

May 1, 2017

Scientific claims must be proven
Now that we’ve observed another Earth Day and the media has held their microphones to the marchers in the street to get succinct comments on the horrors of man-made climate change, let’s…
Saving for Retirement - Americans for Prosperity Foundation
As Financial Literacy Month comes to a close, let’s wrap up our financial literacy series with a conversation about retirement and how you can make sure your future is secure. For some,…
Without Missouri Senate action, minimum wage is going to $10 per...
From the Associated Industries of Missouri Associated Industries of Missouri (AIM) joined several other business groups in filing suit against an ordinance passed by the City of St. Louis…
House sends Onder`s PLA bill to governor`s desk
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Another labor reform measure is heading to Gov. Eric Greitens’ desk, this time targeting project labor agreements. The House third read and passed Sen. Bob Onder’s SB…
Greitens disagrees with PAC releasing Missouri legislator`s cell...
Governor Eric Greitens (R) says he disagrees with a political action committee releasing Sen. Rob Schaaf’s (R-St. Joseph) personal cell phone number, but he says he’s not involved in its…
2 die in Missouri storms and state braces for more flooding
At least two people died as rain storms lingered across Missouri and caused widespread flooding over the weekend, and state officials are preparing for more flooding in the days ahead….
Analysis: Greitens` aggressive style means in-party clashes
While some Republican legislative leaders say they’re glad to work with Missouri GOP Gov. Eric Greitens to make top conservative priorities law, the new governor’s involved and sometimes…
AFP Issues Letter of Support for National Paycheck Protection...
27 April 2017 The Honorable Ted Budd U.S. Representative for North Carolina’s 13th District 118 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Representative Budd, On behalf of more than…
Join the Pension Discussion!
Pension discussions are all the rage these days. Don’t believe me? Just check out the Post-Dispatch. A few days ago, an op-ed by a retired teacher made some inaccurate claims about…
Upcoming Citizens` Referendum petition trainings
If you’d like to join the effort to stop so-called “right-to-work” in Missouri by collecting signatures as well as training others to collect signatures on the Citizens’ Referendum…
Pro-cannabis PAC joins Greitens nonprofit, attacks Schaaf
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A PAC that advocates for the legalization of medical cannabis has taken sides in the ongoing feud between Sen. Rob Schaaf and Gov. Eric Greitens, and it’s not the side…

Minimum Wage and Tax Reform

April 27, 2017

Greitens says he isn`t responsible for attack ads against Sen....
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens denied Monday that he has any day-to-day role in the nonprofit founded by some of his closest campaign aides. The group, A New Missouri Inc., launched a series…
AFP on Plans to Roll Back Net Neutrality - Americans for...
Arlington, Va. – AFP is commending Federal Communications Commision Chairman Ajit Pai for advancing a plan for the FCC to roll back Obama-era Internet regulations, which improperly…
AFP Releases Statement on American Health Care Act - Americans...
Arlington, Va. – Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips released a statement following news of a new amendment to the American Health Care Act (AHCA): “Pending the inclusion of the…
$10 St. Louis minimum wage could begin next week after court...
ST. LOUIS * The Missouri Supreme Court has declined to reconsider its ruling from earlier this year upholding St. Louis’ proposed $10-an-hour city minimum wage, meaning that wage could go…
Soros-backed group targets Wagner`s district with new ads
WASHINGTON, D.C. – An organization tied to Democratic mega donor George Soros has sent out a targeted ad to several Congressional districts around the country, including Missouri…
Missouri House panel scrutinizes all tax credits offered by the...
The Missouri House Budget Committee is reviewing every tax credit the state offers as the legislative session winds down. The panel is hearing analysis and making comments about the…
Hoskins, Schaaf call out Greitens` senior advisor for `dirty...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The ongoing struggle between the Senate and the Governor’s Office has taken another turn, this time with different players. Following the events of the past weekend,…

Is the Senate and this Legislative Session about to Shutdown

April 25, 2017

Under Socialized Medicine, The State Owns You
As Americans were spending time scrambling to give the IRS their annual protection fee, the court system in the United Kingdom, at the behest of National Health Service bureaucrats,…
Private School Choice Provides More Options Close to Home
“School choice may work in Saint Louis and Kansas City, but it won’t impact most students in the rest of Missouri.” I hear that a lot. On its face, the argument seems reasonable. There just…
Harvard `Shock` Study: Each $1 Minimum Wage Hike Causes 4-10%...
A ‘shocking’ discovery was made when a pair of researchers at Harvard Business School decided to analyze the impact of higher minimum wages in San Francisco on restaurant failures…hint:…
Missouri Gov. Greitens` nonprofit attacks St. Joseph senator, a...
Gov. Eric Greitens’ nonprofit is running digital ads attacking a fellow Republican who has been highly critical of the governor’s use of dark money. Sen. Rob Schaaf, a St. Joseph…
Richard`s consumer protection reform part of larger effort...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, has faced widespread scrutiny, both within the Capitol and in media outlets around the state, for his sponsorship of SB…
Schaaf calls on Governor Greitens to bring ethics reform as...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – His voicemail flooded, calls around the clock, and his personal cell phone number made public… it was not a good weekend for Sen. Rob Schaaf. But just days after…
Greitens: `I have no day-to-day responsibilities` with nonprofit...
JEFFERSON CITY * Days after a nonprofit formed to promote Gov. Eric Greitens’ political agenda released attack ads with his personal cell phone number, Sen. Rob Schaaf called on the chief…
Although Republicans hold all the cards in Missouri, gridlocked...
With only three weeks left before the General Assembly adjourns for the year, the Missouri Senate is mired in gridlock and no one seems confident lawmakers can dig themselves out. A litany…
Gov. Greitens` nonprofit publishes GOP state senator`s cellphone...
JEFFERSON CITY – A nonprofit aligned with Gov. Eric Greitens wants Missouri conservatives to send a message to Sen. Rob Schaaf. Literally, A New Missouri, Inc., is asking people to call the…
Greitens nonprofit attacks Schaaf, posts senator`s personal...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A nonprofit created explicitly to support the agenda of Gov. Eric Greitens attacked Sen. Rob Schaaf Thursday evening by tweeting his private, personal cell phone…
Missouri Gov. Greitens` nonprofit attacks St. Joseph senator, a...
Gov. Eric Greitens’ nonprofit is running digital ads attacking a fellow Republican who has been highly critical of the governor’s use of dark money. Sen. Rob Schaaf, a St. Joseph…

 

Trouble on the Senate floor and Eric Greitens calls out Galloway’s political stunt

April 21, 2017

Rowden questions Schaaf`s motivations on Senate floor
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – When freshman Sen. Caleb Rowden inquired of Sen. Rob Schaaf Thursday evening, who had continued obstructing business in the Senate after perceived slights from members…
Governor accuses Missouri auditor of political stunt for issuing...
JEFFERSON CITY * Gov. Eric Greitens says his office has complied with a request from the state auditor to turn over documents related to the management of income tax refunds. A day after…
18 spectacularly wrong predictions made around the time of first...
In the May 2000 issue of Reason Magazine, award-winning science correspondent Ronald Bailey wrote an excellent article titled ” Earth Day, Then and Now” to provide some historical…
Trinity Lutheran Has Its Day in Court
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Trinity Lutheran v. Comer yesterday. We’ve covered this case extensively, and even though on April 13 the governor reversed the policy that…
Planned Parenthood plans to offer abortions at clinics in...
JEFFERSON CITY – Planned Parenthood is preparing to offer abortions in Springfield and Joplin following a favorable decision from a federal judge, though top Missouri Republicans are vowing…

 

Sen Schaaf removes consent bills, Galloway subpoenas income tax return data

April 20, 2017

 

Schaaf boots House bills off of Senate consent calendar
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Rob Schaaf made a shocking move in the Senate Wednesday afternoon when he requested each House bill on the Senate consent calendar be removed from that calendar….
Watchdog group calls for investigation of Missouri Senate leader...
The Washington, D.C.-based Campaign for Accountability filed a complaint with acting U.S. Attorney Tom Larson requesting an investigation into whether Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Ron…
Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway issues a subpoena
The state auditor issued a subpoena Wednesday demanding Gov. Eric Greitens’ administration turn over documents pertaining to tax refunds.
Dark money group launches ad campaign supporting McCaskill days...
A dark money group with links to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has launched a radio ad campaign in support of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill’s re-election less than a week after the…
Big Labor`s Deceptive Move To Repeal New Right To Work Law...
Missouri enacted a Right to Work statute in January and union forces are trying to get it overturned through a ballot initiative. That’s legal, but the way the petitions were worded was…

Trinity Lutheran and Education Savings Account Role Model

April 19, 2017

 

Interest: Earned vs. Paid - Americans for Prosperity Foundation
Chances are that over the years you’ve experienced or have heard at least one person talk about interest and interest rates. Whether it’s opening a bank account, taking out a loan, or…
Attorney General`s office recuses self from Trinity Lutheran...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Attorney General’s Office has recused itself from handling a U.S. Supreme Court case due to a conflict of interest. Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbia…
Schaaf, Fitzpatrick headed towards collision course on managed...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Rob Schaaf has made his opposition to managed care expansion well-known on this session, often speaking against the rollout of a new deal negotiated in 2015 to…
A Role Model for Education Savings Accounts in Missouri
Advocates of an education savings account (ESA) program in the Show-Me State can look westward for both inspiration and a game plan.In a big win for school choice earlier this month,…

 

Blaine Amendment in the Supreme Court, PDMP, and the MO Senate’s Focus

April 18, 2017

 

U.S. Supreme Court to Weigh In on Playground Dispute
Trinity Lutheran v. Comer is a court case with humble origins. It started with officials at Trinity Lutheran School in Columbia, Missouri, who wanted to replace the gravel surface of the…
Editorial: Supreme Court should remove religious prejudice from...
The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a major case on religious freedom from Missouri. It’s time to finally remove the part of the state constitution that prohibits “indirect” aid to…
Drug monitoring won`t solve opioid issue
Missouri has been the lone holdout and in many ways, that may not be a good thing. All of the other states have statewide prescription drug-monitoring databases which help physicians,…
Missouri Senate expected to focus on tax credit repeal, budget,...
Many Senate Republicans hope to repeal this week a tax rebate provided to elderly and disabled renters. Assistant Majority Floor Leader Bob Onder (R-Lake St. Louis) tells Missourinet they…

Governor Greitens targets bureaucratic red tape and corporations taking advantage of transportation tax districts

April 17, 2017

 

Michael Q. McShane: The Supreme Court can put a nail in the...
On April 19, the United States Supreme Court will hear a case out of our own backyard that wrestles with a vestige of our anti-Catholic past. It will be one of the first cases that newly…
Uber, Lyft regulations pass Missouri Senate
Missouri Senators passed a bill Tuesday that would expand regulations for transportation companies such as Uber and Lyft – a measure that legislative leadership and Gov. Eric Greitens have…
No appetite in Missouri House to send gas tax hike to voters
JEFFERSON CITY * The Missouri House on Wednesday rejected a plan to raise the state’s gas tax by about six cents, pending approval from voters in 2018 – a proposal that emerged in the…
Tax-Increment Financing in Post-tornado Joplin
The tornado that devastated Joplin, Missouri in May of 2011 killed 161 people and injured over 1,000. Property damage resulted in insurance claims of over $2 billion and cost residents and…
When running gets banned at recess
Remember running out to the playground when the bell rang for recess? That “dangerous” act could get kids in trouble at schools that have banned running at recess. My colleague, Valerie…
Missouri Auditor calls on lawmakers to overhaul TDD legislation;...
(THIS STORY WRITTEN BY ALEX DEROSIER, MISSOURINET CONTRIBUTOR) Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway says special sales tax districts have left Missouri taxpayers owing nearly $1 billion on…
Opinion | When the separation of church and state leads to...
When not furrowing their collective brows about creches and displays of the Ten Commandments here and there, courts often are pondering tangential contacts between the government and…
MTC funding cuts could be sore spot for both St. Louis and...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri state lawmakers are looking at making majors cuts in funding to the Missouri Technology Corporation (MTC), and it’s leaving a bad taste in some legislators’…
Greitens targets boards and commissions with latest executive...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Governor Eric Greitens’ number one goal since taking office has been to reduce government and cut red tape, and his latest executive order is taking aim at…
Messenger: State workers failed to disclose their connection to...
In August 2016, Col. Bret Johnson wrote three letters that tell a story. One went to Brian Heath, the chief executive of Drivewyze. Johnson, the superintendent of the Missouri Highway…
Missouri Senate bill is bitter pill for prescription drug...
True to his word, Sen. Rob Schaaf did not filibuster a bill on Thursday establishing a prescription drug monitoring program in Missouri. But after he sat down, other senators stood up….
The Racist History of Minimum Wage Laws
In 1966, Milton Friedman wrote an op-ed for Newsweek entitled ” Minimum Wage Rates.” In it, he argued “that the minimum-wage law is the most anti-Negro law on our statute books.” He was, of…
Fight to stop `RTW` is under way
St. Charles, MO – The fight to stop so-called “right-to-work” in Missouri kicked off recently with a “Train the Trainer” program at Tri-County Labor Club and continued on municipal election…
Overturning Clean Power Plan means breathing room
It made for colorful news this week – President Trump announcing a halt to the Obama administration’s massive Clean Power Plan (CPP). Pundits immediately leaped to criticize the president,…
Editorial: In Missouri, developers are cashing in with obscure...
Self-dealing. Conflicts of interest. Taxation without representation. Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway pointed to all those problems this week in a scathing review of an obscure…

Goodbye to Claire McCaskill and the “So-called” Prevailing Wage

Overturning `right-to-work:` Your vote is your weapon
By SHERI GASSAWAY Correspondent With so-called “right-to-work” recently signed into law by Governor Eric Greitens, the St. Louis chapter of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) decided…
Hawley asked by prominent Republicans to run for Senate in 2018
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Several prominent Republicans signed an open letter urging newly-elected Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley to run for U.S. Senate in 2018. Former Lt. Gov. Peter…
Right-to-work backers in Missouri turning to courts to stop...
JEFFERSON CITY * Supporters of Missouri’s new “right to work” law have filed another lawsuit seeking to scuttle an attempt by labor officials to put the issue before voters for an…
Goodbye, Sen. McCaskill; her stance on Gorsuch offends Missouri...
So I see Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., decided to vote against the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court (” McCaskill to oppose Gorsuch nomination,” March 31). The vast…
GOP legislators say repealing prevailing wage would benefit...
State Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) does not know if the Missouri legislature will pass a full repeal of a so-called prevailing wage law but she expects some changes. Republicans want to…