Missouri House budget committee signs off on $320 million for rental assistance

BY: - January 26, 2021

Missouri lawmakers are hoping to quickly approve about $320 million in funding for rental assistance — part of the $25 billion in rental assistance passed by Congress in December’s COVID-19 relief package. The House Budget committee unanimously voted to advance the funding bill Tuesday afternoon. House Budget Committee Chairman Cody Smith, R-Jasper County, expects the […]

Amid legislative COVID outbreak, Missouri Gov. Parson set to deliver annual address

BY: - January 26, 2021

When Gov. Mike Parson delivers his annual State of the State address to a joint session of the Missouri General Assembly on Wednesday afternoon, it will look slightly different than usual. Because of COVID-19, the 34 members of the Senate, along with the state Supreme Court judges, will be seated in the upper gallery of […]

Republican lawmakers seek to curb local control over COVID-19 health orders

BY: - January 20, 2021

When Missouri’s top leaders resisted implementing statewide restrictions, like a mask mandate, amid the pandemic, there was a theme they repeatedly raised as the basis for their decisions. Local control. On Wednesday, a Missouri Senate committee debated a slew of bills filed by Republican lawmakers that aim to strip local authority from city and county […]

Here’s what Joe Biden plans to do on his first day as president

BY: - January 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden early Wednesday unveiled the list of executive orders, memos and directives he will make when he assumes the presidency later in the day, reversing a slew of Trump administration actions and laying out new policies of his own. “These actions are bold, begin the work of following through on President-elect Biden’s […]

Experts: Joe Biden likely to take slow approach on China trade

BY: - January 19, 2021

Agricultural experts don’t expect President-elect Joe Biden to quickly reverse the United States’ chilly relationship with China. They are split on whether Biden will quickly loosen some tariffs on China to ease negotiations that could build on recent increases in the price of corn and soybeans. “In the short term, we will not likely see […]

Biden rolls out $1.9 trillion emergency package to battle pandemic and economic crises

BY: - January 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden is calling on Congress to approve a sweeping package for economic and pandemic relief with a price tag twice that of the emergency aid passed in December after months of acrimonious negotiations. Biden’s $1.9 trillion proposal, which he outlined in a speech Thursday evening, is framed around boosting funding in […]

The Missouri House floor for the 2019 State of the State address.

Missouri lawmakers return to tackle Medicaid, education, budget amid COVID

BY: - January 5, 2021

With COVID-19 continuing to spread across the state, Missouri lawmakers convene at noon on Wednesday to begin the 101st General Assembly. It is certain to be a session like no other.  Questions surrounding the state budget, funding for roads and bridges, education, local control and a myriad of other issues are on the agenda. But […]

The top 10 unforgettable moments of a tumultuous year in D.C.

BY: - December 31, 2020

WASHINGTON — To say that 2020 has been an eventful year in the nation’s capital is an understatement. Amid a global pandemic, a bitter race for the presidency and protests over police brutality, news in Washington never let up. As the year winds to an end, let’s take a look back at the moments of […]

Food stamp applicants struggle to get through Missouri call center line

BY: - December 28, 2020

In normal times, the Missouri Bootheel has the highest rates of hunger in the state. “But when the pandemic hit, it made an already bad situation much worse,” said Lisa Church, chief advancement officer of the Southeast Missouri Food Bank.  The organization’s pantries and mobile food distribution were seeing as many as three times more […]

Missouri Supreme Court flushes sales tax case of Springfield potty provider

BY: - December 23, 2020

Sometimes people feel like the government is dumping on them, and this week that person is Charlie Gott. For 35 years, Gott has been the answer to the call of nature for thousands of people on construction sites and outdoor events. His company, Gott’s To Go — slogan “Call on Charlie Gott when you’ve Gotts […]

Ag groups praise $33 billion in farm-related COVID relief aid

BY: - December 22, 2020

The $900 billion pandemic relief legislation passed by Congress late Monday includes $33 billion in aid for farms, broadband, biofuels and nutrition programs. Agriculture groups were quick to praise the bipartisan package, months in the making. The aid includes $11.2 billion Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will use to “support producers, processors and contract growers,” the […]

Congress passed $900 billion COVID relief package. Here’s what’s in the bill — and what’s out

BY: and - December 22, 2020

Congress on Monday night approved and sent to President Donald Trump the first major COVID-19 relief measure since the spring, a sprawling spending bill that would provide $900 billion in pandemic-related aid but still didn’t go far enough for many Democrats. House leaders divided the bill into two parts and passed the emergency relief portion […]