Dan Hegeman

Missouri lawmakers finish record $49 billion state budget hours before deadline

BY: - May 6, 2022

The largest budget in Missouri history passed with relative ease Friday, in part because the final version was larger than the spending plans passed earlier in either the House or Senate. The total, just over $49 billion, includes big increases for school transportation, help for colleges and universities in the form of bigger budgets and […]

Missouri Senate signs off on $3 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funds

BY: - May 6, 2022

The path to passage for a bill spending almost $3 billion in federal COVID-19 relief was paved with money Thursday. But about 20 minutes of discussion was all it took to win a 26-5 vote from the upper chamber after 18 new projects were added along with a $500 million set-aside from general revenue for […]

‘Something for everyone’: Final votes coming for record-setting Missouri budget

BY: - May 4, 2022

A record state operating budget that a top legislative Republican said “has a little bit of something for everyone” is heading for final votes in the Missouri General Assembly as tax revenue continues to pour into the treasury in historic amounts. Final figures weren’t available Wednesday, but the spending plan that emerged from a day […]

Missouri Senate committee slashes funds for building Rock Island Trail

BY: - May 2, 2022

Opponents of a new cross-state recreation trail along the old Rock Island Railroad corridor have the upper hand in the General Assembly after the state Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday cut the funds needed to develop it for use. The committee approved four spending bills for the coming year to pay for new construction, repair […]

Hopes fading for Missouri sports wagering bill to pass this year

BY: - April 29, 2022

The odds are growing longer on whether Missourians will be able to bet on Kansas City Chiefs games from within the state this year.  And if Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly signs a sports wagering bill passed early Friday, the odds of the Chiefs jumping the state line to a new stadium will grow shorter. Wednesday […]

Missouri Senate approves record budget, adds $1.2B to House spending

BY: - April 26, 2022

Supporters of the only attempt to add money to the state’s record operating budget during Senate debate Tuesday also complained loudest that the state is spending too much. As the chamber worked through 13 bills spending $45.1 billion in the coming fiscal year, members of the conservative caucus often voted against the bills but offered […]

Tending pea patches: Senators add dozens of small items for districts to Missouri state budget

BY: - April 25, 2022

Conservative Cassville Republican Emory Melton, a state senator from 1973 to 1997, didn’t like it when new programs with ongoing costs ended up in Missouri’s budget.  “There’s nothing that approaches eternal life on this earth like a government program,” he told an oral history interviewer in 1996. But when fellow Missouri lawmakers tapped the treasury […]

Record Missouri budget grows as Senate adds spending, House works on $1B tax credit plan

BY: - April 20, 2022

Missouri would pay its full share of public school transportation costs for the first time in more than 20 years under a budget proposal approved Tuesday by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The committee added $214 million for school transportation to the $114 million included in the record-setting $46.5 billion budget plan approved by the Missouri […]

Senate committee approves bill that could overturn Missouri Medicaid expansion

BY: - April 13, 2022

A constitutional amendment asking Missourians to let lawmakers decide year-to-year whether the state will offer Medicaid to working-age adults moved closer to passage on Wednesday. By an 8-5 vote, the Senate Appropriations Committee sent the House-passed proposal to the full Senate for debate. Only Sen. Lincoln Hough, R-Springfield, voted with Democrats to oppose the measure, […]

Record surplus, massive federal aid mark Missouri budget set for committee work

BY: - March 14, 2022

Most of the enormous surplus accumulating in Missouri’s general revenue fund will be off-limits to members of the House Budget Committee when it prepares a fiscal year 2023 spending plan for floor debate. Gov. Mike Parson’s $47.3 billion budget proposal projects a $1.6 billion general revenue surplus at the end of June 2023. But the […]

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Missouri Senate passes $4.6B spending bill with pay raises, federal school funds

BY: - February 23, 2022

With a deadline looming that could cost Missouri almost $2 billion in federal education aid, the bill to distribute the money passed the state Senate on Wednesday after Democrats slammed a zero-dollar funding line as a partisan attack on Planned Parenthood. The $4.6 billion spending bill approved on a 25-7 vote is the first legislation […]

Gov. Parson holds out hope for $15 state worker minimum wage

BY: - February 16, 2022

State employees anticipating a raise should be patient and it will arrive as soon as possible, Gov. Mike Parson wrote in a memo Monday to workers waiting for the pay boost he wanted to begin this month. But for some, stretched by working overtime to complete work that would go to unfilled jobs and considering […]