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Rudi Keller

Rudi Keller

Rudi Keller covers the state budget, energy and the legislature. He’s spent 22 of his 30 years in journalism covering Missouri government and politics, most recently as the news editor of the Columbia Daily Tribune. Keller has won awards for spot news and investigative reporting.

Missouri lawmakers push ahead on tax cuts, rural credits in special session

By: - September 21, 2022

Missouri lawmakers are moving swiftly to complete the special session agenda set by Gov. Mike Parson, with both the House and Senate passing incentives for farms and rural businesses and the Senate finishing work on a tax cut. Only one thing hasn’t gone the way Parson and legislative leaders hoped. While the Missouri House was […]

Scaled-back income tax cut wins initial approval in Missouri Senate

By: - September 20, 2022

The Missouri Senate gave first-round approval Tuesday to a $335 million income tax cut over objections from liberal members who saw fiscal problems ahead and conservative members who wanted deeper cuts. The bill, which needs a final vote before it moves to the Missouri House, is a pared-down version of the $700 million tax cut […]

Income tax cut plan heads to Missouri Senate floor for debate

By: - September 19, 2022

The Missouri Senate this week will debate an income tax cut that doesn’t immediately lower rates as much as Gov. Mike Parson proposed but would, if passed, promise future reductions. Under a proposal passed on a party-line vote Monday in the Senate Appropriations Committee, the top state income tax rate for next year would be […]

Missouri auditor candidates spar over independence from partisan influence

By: - September 16, 2022

LAKE OZARK ‐‐ The Republican trying to get the only statewide office currently held by Democrats pledged Friday he would show no partisan favoritism, while his opponents said only they could provide the independence needed in the office. State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick, former state Rep. Alan Green and accountant John Hartwig Jr. met in their […]

Multiple plans emerge as Missouri lawmakers begin governor’s tax cut special session

By: - September 14, 2022

The special legislative session called by Gov. Mike Parson to cut income taxes began Wednesday, and by the time lawmakers adjourned for the day, one thing was clear — there is no agreement on a plan. And that could upend the governor’s hopes of a quick session. In the state Senate, expected to act first […]

Democratic Senate candidate Valentine seeks ban on stock trades, corporate PAC donations

By: - September 13, 2022

Democratic Senate candidate Trudy Bush Valentine this week is rolling out a package of ethical standards she wants members of Congress to follow, including bans on individual stock trades and corporate political action committees. The point, she said in an interview Monday afternoon, is to increase transparency in government while blocking lawmakers from profiting personally […]

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Rural incentives in Missouri tax cut proposal target biofuels, small producers for help

By: - September 13, 2022

When lawmakers return this week for a special session, most of the attention will be on Gov. Mike Parson’s proposal to cut income taxes by $700 million a year. But Parson also wants the bill to include several tax credits intended to benefit rural Missouri by increasing the demand for crop-based fuels, encouraging small meat […]

Missouri judge sealed Greitens ruling. Texas court provided full details

By: - September 11, 2022

For almost two weeks, the only thing known about the ruling in the court case over child custody jurisdiction between former Gov. Eric Greitens and his ex-wife, Sheena Greitens, was that a Boone County judge agreed to move it to a Texas court. Associate Circuit Judge Leslie Schneider put her ruling under a tight seal, […]

Missouri Senate hopefuls spar over debates, with press association forum set for next week

By: - September 7, 2022

Along with leaves turning colors, the fall in even-numbered years often features political campaigns sparring over who is and is not willing to debate. And this year, that biennial squabble is between the candidates seeking Missouri’s open U.S. Senate seat. Attorney General Eric Schmitt, the Republican nominee, slapped first, with a tweet on Tuesday accusing […]

University of Missouri faculty survey scorches Mun Choi for poor morale on Columbia campus

By: - September 1, 2022

Many faculty on the University of Missouri’s Columbia campus see top leader Mun Choi as a man to be feared because he runs the campus through intimidation and bullying — driving away those who disagree with his priorities. And according to a faculty review of Choi’s performance as chancellor released Thursday by the campus Faculty […]

Sheena Greitens scores victory with order shifting custody case to Texas, attorney says

By: - August 31, 2022

A Boone County judge granted former Missouri First Lady Sheena Greitens’ request to move the child custody dispute with her ex-husband to Texas, her attorney confirmed Wednesday. The ruling, issued Friday but still under seal by order of Associate Circuit Judge Leslie Schneider, gives Sheena Greitens the thing she asked for soon after her ex-husband […]

Poll shows strong lead for Eric Schmitt in Missouri U.S. Senate race

By: - August 26, 2022

Missourians are disgruntled with their government and pessimistic about the economy, a new poll from Saint Louis University and YouGov suggests. They also want tighter gun laws, fewer abortion restrictions and seem poised to send Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt to the U.S. Senate. The poll of 900 likely voters conducted between Aug. 8 and […]