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Missouri House seeks unlikely compromise with
reluctant Senate on tax-credit bill
By Chris Blank, Associated Press, Columbia Missourian

JEFFERSON CITY — Unwilling to acknowledge defeat Thursday, the Missouri House of Representatives sought
more negotiation with senators over a package of business incentives that now seems all but dead.

Lawmakers have been meeting since early September in a special legislative session that is focused on a proposal
to pare back some of Missouri's existing tax credits. It would also create new incentives for international shippers
at the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, computer data centers and certain other businesses. But the
House and Senate, which are both led by Republicans, have been unable to agree on what to do.

The House voted Thursday to ask for a formal negotiating session with the Senate. But that doesn't seem likely to
happen because the Senate has not scheduled additional sessions where votes could be taken and it decided this
week not to seek further discussions. The special session would automatically end Nov. 5 under the state's

Several House members during debate Thursday were sharply critical of the Senate. House Majority Leader Tim
Jones, R-Eureka, said job creation is too important for lawmakers to give up, and Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia,
said lawmakers would be neglecting their duties if there were no formal negotiations between the two

House Speaker Steven Tilley said the Senate has been deceitful and that he was lied to during earlier discussions
when leaders from the two chambers were negotiating a bill. He said the House has done everything its leaders
said would be done.

"My experience with the Senate so far has been that what they say and what they do are two different things,"
said Tilley, R-Perryville.

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon called the session after House and Senate leaders declared this summer that they had
reached an agreement. The deal disintegrated, and Nixon has urged the legislature to pass something soon or
simply stop.

Earlier this week, Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer decided not to pursue further negotiations with House
leaders. Mayer, R-Dexter, said the differences between the two chambers were "irreconcilable" and that further
talks were unlikely to work.

The House's decision to request more negotiation means the special session will continue into at least an
additional week. The Senate previously had scheduled an informal session Tuesday, and Jones said that the
special session effectively would be over if no action is taken then.
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A main sticking point has been whether there should be a 2018 expiration date for a pair of current tax credits
for the construction of low-income housing and the renovation of historic buildings. The Senate wants sunsets,
arguing that they are needed to control costs. The House does not want sunsets, contending that they would let
one senator kill a program through a filibuster.

The House gave first-round approval Thursday to a constitutional amendment that supporters hope eventually
could dodge the roadblock of whether tax credits should expire. The measure would require a separate vote
every four years on whether to continue each tax credit. The measure was approved by the House 101-25. It
would need another vote before it could go to the Senate.
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House Vows to Press on in Special Session
By Dick Aldrich, Missouri News Horizon

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Despite doom and gloom from the leader of the state Senate, the Missouri House of
Representatives has voted to continue the special legislative session and ask the Senate for negotiations to try
and salvage the session’s main piece of jobs legislation.
The House on Thursday voted to send the economic development legislative package to a House-Senate
negotiating committee. The twist is the latest move in a legislative saga that has seen lawmakers and the
governor trying to craft a bill that will promote job growth in the state while at the same time cut down the
number of the state’s tax credit programs.
The drama started soon after the end of the legislative session. It continued through the summer until House and
Senate leaders flew around the state to announce they had crafted legislation that could be passed during a
special session. Gov. Jay Nixon called for the session at the beginning of September, and from the very beginning,
the legislation has stumbled along with the House and Senate making changes to the legislation while pointing
fingers at each other over who is to blame for the bill’s failure.
Now, with just over two weeks to go before the session reaches its constitutionally-mandated expiration date on
Nov. 5, the House is making another last-ditch effort to save something from the session. On Monday, State
Senate president Pro Tem Robert Mayer said he saw no reason for the two chambers to meet in negotiations on
the bill calling the differences between the House and Senate “irreconcilable”.
‘I feel that you do not give up until that last step is reached and shows that you’re at a stalemate,” said House
Majority floor Leader Rep. Tim Jones, R-Eureka. “Conference is the last step, I don’t understand why you would
stop working on a piece of legislation as important as this until the end is absolutely reached.”
The biggest stumbling block appears to be a squabble between the two chambers about the use, length and
effectiveness of sunsets on state tax credit programs. The Senate favors seven-year automatic review dates for
the state’s two largest tax credit programs. The House fears sunsets give individual Senators too much power
over the system, saying that any Senator could kill any tax credit program simply by filibustering, or threatening
to filibuster the program when it comes up for review.
On Thursday, the House gave preliminary passage to what Speaker Tilley calls a compromise. A proposed
constitutional amendment, sponsored by Rep. Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City, that would mandate all tax credit
programs be placed under four year sunset provisions, and with certain dates for the programs to receive up or
down votes in the House and Senate. The constitutional amendment takes away the ability for Senators to
filibuster on the programs because of the mandate that the programs receive a vote.
‘It’s a good common ground in the discussion with sunsets,” Tilley said.
But getting around to having discussions about sunsets, and other provisions of the bill might be tricky after a
session of Senate bashing on the House floor and in a post-session news conference. Much of the anger seemed
focused on Mayer.
“Senator Mayer (previously) told me we would go to conference, absolutely,” said Tilly, who said the Senate
leader has now changed his mind. “Senator Mayer told me he would get the deal done on the Senate side.”
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The deal was the legislation first agreed upon by House and Senate leaders and touted during a statewide series
of media conferences in July. It included $360 million in tax incentives for areas around St. Louis-Lambert
International Airport, as well as a series of tax credit caps and sunsets.
The deal quickly unraveled in the Senate with most of the Senate’s ire directed toward $300 million in tax credits
for developers who built warehouses and industry in the so-called “Aerotropolis” area in St. Louis, and the bill’s
generally favorable treatment of historic preservation construction and low income housing construction tax
“The Senate took almost all the provisions that we liked out, inserted some provisions that they knew we didn’t
like…and said ‘oh by the way, you need to live up to your end of the deal,’” Tilley said. “They broke the deal.”
Tilley faults Mayer.
“If you’re going to have to deal with the Senate, you’re going to have to have a conference call with all 34
members, because, clearly, cutting a deal with the leader of the Senate doesn’t mean anything,” Tilley said.

The economic development bill and what to do about it is now back in the hands of the Senate. Senate
leadership would have to agree to appoint members to a conference committee with the House. The Senate
itself is adjourned until Tuesday when a minimally-staffed technical session is scheduled at the State Capitol.
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House wants one more try on air cargo bill
By Rudi Keller, Columbia Daily Tribune

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri House members today bashed the Senate before voting to try one more time to pass
the signature bill of the special session, a proposal to direct state tax money to support an air cargo hub in St.

The measure has, for several weeks, been the subject of a bitter fight between the House and Senate, with
Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer, R-Dexter, declaring this week that “irreconcilable differences” could not be

House Speaker Steve Tilley, R-Perryville, today told House members he wanted to seek negotiations with the
Senate, anyway, but didn’t refrain from slinging his own insults at the Senate.

After about 40 minutes of debate, the House, on a voice vote, agreed to Tilley’s motion to seek a conference
committee for negotiations. The conference committee, named soon after the vote, will be led by Tilley and
include two Columbia Democrats, Reps. Steve Webber and Chris Kelly.

A deal struck between Tilley and Mayer this summer broke down soon after lawmakers began their special
session on Sept. 6. Since then, Tilley told members, he has seen “the Senate says one thing and does another. We
are going to give them the opportunity to change their mind once again and go to conference.”

The bill began as a proposal to direct $360 million in tax credits at an air cargo hub for St. Louis called
“Aerotropolis” or “China Hub.” St. Louis business leaders believe underused Lambert-St. Louis International
Airport could become a favored location for China Eastern Airline’s operations to the United States. It also
included incentives for data center construction, job retention efforts and to bring large amateur sporting events
to the state.

To pay for the new programs, it was supposed to put new limits on existing tax credits for low-income housing
construction and renovation of historic buildings. It also included repeal of a tax credit used by low-income
elderly and disabled.

Both the House and Senate versions vary sharply from that original plan. The funding for Aerotropolis was cut
back to $60 million. The House and Senate have different caps on historic preservation and low-income housing
credits, and the provision for repeal of the credit for seniors and the disabled was stripped from the bill.

The House included a cut in the corporate income tax and a sales tax holiday for American-made goods.

The big sticking point, however, is whether to impose sunset dates on the low-income housing and historic
preservation credits. The Senate wants a seven-year sunset, while the House wants no sunset at all.

“I am as frustrated as you are,” Tilley said. “I am one of the people who believe that Aerotropolis could transform
the St. Louis region.”
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The House did not entertain the idea of changing the deal struck this summer until the Senate altered the bill
during debate. At that point, Tilley said, the deal was off.

“I am the guy who was in negotiations for six weeks who basically was lied to,” he said.

Under the Missouri Constitution, lawmakers have until Nov. 5 to finish work. Kelly said it was important for the
House to push negotiations.

The economic development bill has strong support in both chambers, Kelly said. “To allow a few narcissists in the
Senate to negate the work of 163 House members is irrational and inappropriate.”

Gov. Jay Nixon, who leaves for China tomorrow on a trade trip, said during an appearance in Millersburg
yesterday that although he is disappointed he doesn’t have the bill in hand to prove the state’s commitment, it
won’t detract from his trip. “Obviously, we wanted more to get done,” Nixon said.

Nixon said he has not given up on the Aerotropolis plan even if nothing can be done during the special session.

“As our strategic plan said, we are going to continue to use our opportunities for exports to expand markets for
Missouri-made goods,” Nixon said.
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McCaskill criticizes state lawmakers for special session
By Tim Sampson, Missouri News Horizon

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – From health care to federal taxes, state lawmakers are often quick to point a finger of
blame at Congress for the state’s sluggish economy. But now, some of the blame is flowing the other way.
Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill had harsh words this week for the state legislature – particularly its Republican
leaders – as the Missouri jobs bill came to a grinding halt with only the faintest chance of survival.
“It’s a great sport around here to blame the other party for everything that goes wrong,” McCaskill said. “I don’t
know how they can blame Democrats.”
McCaskill’s comments came Tuesday, a day after state Senate leaders effectively threw in the towel on the
economic development and tax credit reform bill at the heart of the current special session. Calling differences
with the state House of Representatives “irreconcilable,” Senate President Pro Tem Robert Mayer, R-Dexter, sent
back the his chamber’s original version of the jobs bill with no invitation to go to a conference committee to work
out the differences – essentially giving House leaders an ultimatum.
Both chambers of the Missouri legislature are dominated by sizable Republican majorities.
On Thursday, the House did come back into session to invite the Senate to a conference committee – and
invitation the Senate has yet to respond too. Senate leaders said Monday it was highly unlikely a jobs bill would
come out of the special session which is set to expire on Nov. 5.
McCaskill expressed the most disappointment about the loss of the so-called “China Hub” provision contained in
the bill. The provision would provide up to $360 million in tax incentives to build new warehouses near the
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport to encourage overseas trade – particularly with China.
“I was disappointed,” she said. “We had put a lot of time and effort into this cargo hub. It can work. It really can
work. It should work. I hope we don’t give up.”
On Friday, Gov. Jay Nixon is scheduled to travel with Missouri business leaders to China to sign several multi-year
trade deals.
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Governor must decide today whether to sign social
networking bill
By Josh Nelson, Springfield News-Leader

Today is the deadline for Gov. Jay Nixon to decide whether he'll sign the only two bills to come out of the General
Assembly during this special session, which as of this week has cost almost $250,000.

Lawmakers had a laundry list of issues to tackle in this session, but they've been at loggerheads on all but a few
proposals. Those include a fix in the law regarding how teachers can interact with students on social networking
sites and proposals to give state tax dollars to science- and technology-based companies.

Legislators on both sides have expressed frustration at the lack of progress on several bills. However, they also
point out that the agenda for this session is bigger than that of previous years. Other bills not passed include a
failed effort to push back the presidential primary.

"It's a little muddier because we're dealing with so many different issues," said Rep. Lincoln Hough, R-Springfield.

The social networking changes originally were proposed in response to a Cole County Circuit Court judge's ruling
that blocked part of a previous law limiting teachers' interaction with students on sites such as Facebook. The
new law passed in September allows school boards to craft individual policies. It is set to go into effect in March.

There is still a concern that the bill Nixon is considering might be unconstitutional because it lies outside the
governor's special-session call. Nixon's written instruction was to repeal the bill, not replace it. The Missouri
Constitution gives the governor the ability to set the agenda for a special session. But lawmakers say that doesn't
govern how they react to those issues.

During a stop in Springfield on Wednesday, Nixon said he still is weighing whether the bill is constitutional and
would decide whether to sign it before he leaves for China today.

"Clearly what we want to do is make sure children don't have inappropriate comments and whatnot from
teachers and at the same time protect the ability of those professionals out there in the classroom to
communicate necessary information to students in a modern world," Nixon said.

The Missouri State Teachers Association sued over the previous law, sparking the Cole County ruling. The
association is one of several that worked on a consensus agreement and was happy with the change, said Mike
Wood, a lobbyist for the association. Wood added that the association hasn't dropped its suit in case the new law
is vetoed or ends up in court. He said that's to protect teachers' rights.

Rep. Sara Lampe, D-Springfield, said it is within Nixon's rights to veto the bill, though she said she thought
lawmakers had struck a good compromise on the change.
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"He certainly has every right to do that, because he's bound, as all of us are, by the Constitution," Lampe said.

Lampe is a former principal and teacher.

The other bill is the Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act, which sets up subsidies for technology
and science-based companies in the state. It was passed with a contingency that said the incentives would be
enacted only if lawmakers were to approve a larger job creation and tax credit reform bill. That proposal appears
to be dead in the Senate. House leaders Thursday tried to revive a conference committee with Senate leaders.

Hough, a member of the House economic development committee, said it's likely the MOSIRA bill would end up
in court. He said he hopes it will stand up.

"I have a feeling it's going to be challenged to stand up on its own without (a Senate bill), but we'll wait and see
what happens," Hough said.

Both bills could go into effect without Nixon taking any action today.

The special session expires Nov. 5. As of Thursday morning, the cost for the House side to be in Jefferson City was
$201,882, including mileage and per diem pay. For the Senate, it was $46,366.
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Chinese airline cancels next week's cargo flight into
By Ken Leiser, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

After Missouri lawmakers failed to approve tax incentives for international cargo, the Chinese airline landing
freight flights here called off Monday's landing.

Lambert airport officials have no indication that the two events are connected or that any more flights will be
cut, said airport spokesman Jeff Lea. "It appears there is just a downturn in China cargo across the board," he

To date, two cargo jets have landed at Lambert. The first flight was greeted on Sept. 23 by dignitaries from
throughout the St. Louis region, with visions of flights to follow. The second cargo flight landed at Lambert on

Both were filled to capacity when they arrived. But the first flight back to Shanghai was 60 percent full and the
second was 40 percent full, officials said. Lambert has a two-year agreement with the airline China Eastern for
weekly flights.

Meantime, Gov. Jay Nixon will leave Friday for a one-week trade trip to China.
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Mo. House bails out from fighter jet controversy
By Chris Blank, Associated Press, Southeast Missourian

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri House tried to steer clear of controversy on Thursday over earlier
support it offered for a fighter jet that some fear could compete with a plane built in St. Louis.

Missouri lawmakers earlier this month approved a resolution that called for full funding of the F-35 Joint Strike
Fighter program, calling it crucial for modernizing the nation's armed forces and necessary to replace "aging and
obsolete aircraft." One such aircraft is the F/A-18 that is produced in St. Louis by one of Missouri's largest

The Missouri House offered a public mea culpa Thursday and approved a new resolution that praises the F/A-18
and urges Congress to support further production of the jet and full funding for that program.

The F/A-18 is produced by Boeing Corp., which employs about 15,000 people in Missouri, including 5,000
connected to that jet. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is built by Lockheed Martin Corp. in Texas, but its suppliers
support about 500 jobs in Missouri. Some fear there could be future competition between the two companies to
produce fighter jets and an immediate battle to dodge budget cuts for the two existing projects. The concern has
heightened amid rising criticism of federal spending and the national debt.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon criticized the original House resolution that praised the F-35 and said its sentiments were
not the position of state government.

House members offered full-throated praise Thursday for the F/A-18 before passing the new resolution 125-0. It
drew praise from a couple lawmakers who work at Boeing and led to a former U.S. Marine Corps fighter pilot to
offer his seal of approval for a plane that he called a "high-tech" jet that Missourians should be proud is made in
St. Louis.

Summarizing the House's new thoughts: "I want Boeing to know that we are friendly to them," said Rep. Chuck
Gatschenberger, R-O'Fallon.

In the end, the dogfight over fighter jets may not mean too much. Neither resolution is binding and both merely
send a message to the Congress and the White House.

Nonetheless, Missouri lawmakers wanted to be clear that the state House meant no harm and did not necessarily
understand how the original resolution could affect Boeing.

"I love military fighter jets. The more the merrier," said House Majority Leader Tim Jones, R-Eureka.
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House takes another stab at cancelling Missouri
presidential primary
By Dick Aldrich, Missouri News Horizon

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Secretary of State Robin Carnahan sent out a press release Thursday reminding
presidential candidates that filing for next year’s primary begins on Tuesday… that is, if the state legislature
doesn’t kill the primary first.
House Speaker Pro Tem Rep. Shane Schoeller, R-Willard, says he has filed legislation that will stop the
presidential preference primary from occurring this year. Schoeller says the move will save the state more than
$7 million.
The primary lost much of its political relevance when the state Republican Party announced it would assign
delegates to the national convention through a traditional caucus system, rather than a system based on the
primary’s results. That move was made under pressure from the national Republican Party, which told state party
officials it would not seat a percentage of the Missouri’s delegates if the state went ahead with a primary earlier
than March 6. The primary is currently scheduled for Feb. 7.
Since the state party’s move, legislation to do away with the primary has already failed in the State Senate when
the body had a tie vote of 16 to 16. Schoeller and Speaker of the House Steve Tilley say it may be a bit of wishful
thinking, but Schoeller’s legislation, if it passes the House, would give the Senate another opportunity. No date
for a hearing on the bill nor a date for floor debate has been set.
In the meantime, Carnahan said the filing period for the primary, which starts next week and last until Nov. 22,
will go forward as scheduled. Candidate filings will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every weekday during the
filing period. The ballot will contain candidates from the Republican, Democrat, Libertarian and Constitution
parties. Voters need not register as a certain party at the polls, but will only be given a ballot for one party.
When asked if striking down the primary after filing opened was legal, Schoeller said he had been in contact with
the Secretary of State’s office.
“They think there is probably some room to make an allowance for that, so
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Carnahan: GOP should abide by outcome of Missouri’s
February presidential primary
By Jason Hancock, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

JEFFERSON CITY • Missourians will get to cast a ballot for president on Feb. 7, 2012, and the political parties
should respect the outcome of that vote, Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan said Thursday.

The Missouri Republican Party decided last month that they would use a caucus process rather than the primary
to choose delegates for next summer's national convention in Tampa, Fla. The move stripped the primary of its
historical purpose, but state law mandates that it must still take place.

Because President Barack Obama is running for re-election, the Democratic primary is expected to be

With the filing period for presidential candidates hoping to be on the Missouri ballot beginning Tuesday,
Carnahan used the occasion to slam Republicans for a plan she believes will disenfranchise many voters.

"By law, we are holding a presidential primary in February. So, voters will have a chance to have their voices
heard," Carnahan said. "Then, it will be up to the parties to decide whether they will listen to the will of the
voters or reject it and leave the decision to party insiders."

Carnahan and other critics of the caucus system point out that because the process is a much more complicated
and time consuming than a primary, participation is dramatically lower.

The Missouri GOP made the move to a caucus system that begins March 17 in order to avoid violating national
party rules that prohibit most states from holding a presidential nominating contest before March 6. Violating
that rule could result in the loss of half of a state's delegates to the 2012 Republican National Convention.

A bill moving the primary from Feb. 7 to March 6 stalled in the state Senate, causing the party to move to
caucuses. The Senate attempted to eliminate the primary altogether on Monday, but deadlocked after nearly
three hours of debate.

So as things currently stand, Missourians will vote on Feb. 7 but the outcome won't directly impact which
presidential candidates will get a share of the state's 52 delegates.

"Parties should want to listen to regular voters," Carnahan said. "It would be a detrimental thing for our
democracy if a political party rejected what voters had to say."

Lloyd Smith, executive director of the Missouri Republican Party, said Carnahan's complaints are just an attempt
to make the party look bad. The move to a caucus was made to stay in compliance with rules established not only
by the national Republican Party, but also the Democratic Party. The Missouri Republican State Committee
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wanted to ensure the state had 100 percent of its delegate strength, and thus 100 percent of its influence, at the
national convention, he said.

Smith also stressed the timing of the decision, which came before Florida upended the nominating calendar by
setting its primary for Jan. 31.

"You make decisions based on the information you have at the time. On September 29, when the Missouri GOP
decided to switch to the caucus system, no other state was in violation of RNC or DNC rules," Smith said. "As a
party, we decided that we were not going to be the first state in the nation to throw the national nominating
process into chaos."

Jonathan Prouty, spokesman for the Missouri GOP, said in an email that the state's plan to move to caucuses has
been submitted to the Republican National Committee and "cannot be reconsidered/changed."

Carnahan called the tussle over delegates "insider baseball" that could be worked out in order to allow more
Missourians to participate in the process. And she encouraged presidential candidates to take Missouri's
February primary seriously.

"I would advise presidential candidates to file to be on the ballot and to come to Missouri and make their case,"
she said. "We're holding a presidential primary on Feb. 7."

In 2008, Michigan and Florida violated party rules by scheduling their primaries in January and were threatened
with losing all their delegates to the Democratic and Republican conventions. In the end, the Republican Party
decided to award each state half its delegates. The Democrats did as well, although once President Obama's
nomination was assured each state was returned to its full delegate strength.

At half strength, Missouri's 26 delegates would be around the same as most of the four early-voting states: Iowa
has 28 delegates, New Hampshire has 23, Nevada has 28 and South Carolina has 50.
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Filing starts Tuesday for Missouri presidential primary
By Associated Press, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. • The filing period for Missouri's 2012 presidential primary elections opens next week.

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan said Thursday the filing period runs from Tuesday through Nov. 22.
Presidential hopefuls from the Democratic, Republican, Libertarian and Constitution parties may participate.

Missouri's primaries are scheduled for Feb. 7, but that's roughly one month too early under guidelines set by the
national Republican and Democratic parties. Attempts to push the election back to March have failed, and the
state Republican Party has opted to use caucuses instead of a primary to pick delegates to the GOP's national

Several lawmakers contend the primary has lost much of its meaning, but the state Senate has deadlocked on
whether to scrap the election altogether.
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US appeals court hears Kinder’s health care suit
By Associated Press, Joplin Globe

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder says he is “cautiously optimistic” after a federal appeals
court panel heard arguments in a lawsuit he brought against President Barack Obama’s new health care law.

A panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals met Thursday in St. Paul, Minn., to take up the case. It’s unclear
when the panel will rule.

Like lawsuits in some other states, Kinder’s suit challenges the constitutionality of a federal mandate that most
people have health insurance or face tax penalties beginning in 2014. But unlike the lawsuits elsewhere, Kinder is
suing as an individual — not on behalf of the state of Missouri.

The 8th Circuit is considering an appeal of a lower court decision that dismissed Kinder’s lawsuit for lack of legal
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Senators throw life jacket to lake residents
By Donald Bradley, The Kansas City Star

A life jacket — and some muscle — flew all the way Thursday from Washington to the Lake of the Ozarks.

The two U.S. senators from Missouri teamed up with legislation aimed at stopping the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission from enforcing its order to remove an estimated 1,260 lake residences, some in the million-dollar range.

“Did they really think somebody was going to go in there and tear down all those homes?” asked Sen. Claire McCaskill, a
Democrat. “This was ridiculous.”

A sentiment shared, in a rare blip of Washington bipartisanship, by her Republican counterpart, Sen. Roy Blunt.

“An example of another federal agency acting as if common sense has been thrown out the window,” Blunt called it.

The homes, along with 3,000 or so decks and gazebos, recently were discovered as violating a buffer zone owned by the
utility company that operates Bagnell Dam.

The “removal” news shocked and outraged owners. They had permits and deeds. They’d paid taxes for years on the houses,
some of which had been in families for generations. The thought of losing them, along with retirement and investment
savings, brought many sleepless nights.

“I’m in tears,” Martha Sharp said Thursday when told of the senators’ action. Her home sits in Lake Valley in Camdenton at
the 14-mile marker on the arm of the Big Niangua.

“We had a grandchild today and now this! What a great day. We’ve been so worried — like everyone,” she said. “To have
this hanging over you all this time …

“You just can’t imagine what that’s like.”

No one from FERC could be reached for comment.

Officials blamed the years-in-the-making mess on lack of red tape. The lake developed in a hurry. The recorder of deeds for
Camden County said corners were cut, banks didn’t require surveys, nobody asked about setbacks.

The lack of oversight meant a lot of homes got built below an elevation-based contour line around the lake’s perimeter.
That line set the easement of Ameren Missouri, the utility company that operates the Osage Hydroelectric Project.

The discovery came when Ameren filed a new shoreline management plan with FERC as part of its relicensing to operate
the dam.

In its subsequent order, FERC said the homes should be “removed in a timely manner.”

Letters then went out to homeowners from Ameren: “While at present we do not plan to take any adverse action
respecting your residence, we can give you no assurances to the future.”

Ameren also asked FERC for a rehearing to reconsider its order. That request is pending.

Homeowners organized a petition drive, and some hired lawyers. But hundreds of trials would have meant years in
litigation. Meantime, the cloud meant homes could not be sold or left to offspring. And owners worried that making
needed repairs would just be a waste of money.
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As one said, “If Ameren owns it, let them fix the roof and pay the taxes.”

The measure by McCaskill and Blunt would amend the Federal Power Act by prohibiting FERC from requiring the removal of
existing structures, unless it could be proven that the owner acted in bad faith, that is, they built their structure fully
knowing it violated the restricted area.

If FERC drops its action, the proposed legislation would drop as well.

Either way, lake owners are happy.

“This has gone on for so long, I don’t know what to think,” Russell “Sparky” Sharp, Martha’s husband, said Thursday. “But
I’ll tell you this, there’s got to be a lot of happy people down here today.”

Count neighbor Joyce Hudson as one. She’d been trying to sell her home, but pulled it off the market because of the
ownership flap.

“Maybe tonight I’ll finally sleep,” she said Thursday.
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Mo. plans to seek waiver for federal education law
By Associated Press, Southeast Missourian

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri education officials plan to seek a waiver from the federal No Child Left
Behind law.

The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education said Friday it has notified federal officials of its
intent to opt out of the federal law. Last month, President Barack Obama said states will be allowed to seek a
waiver from the law, which requires all students to show proficiency in math and reading by 2014.

States must meet conditions such as setting standards to prepare students for college and careers. States apply
for the waiver through the U.S. Department of Education.

Missouri education officials are examining the requirements for a federal waiver and comparing it to the system
already in place in the state.
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Natural gas heating bills expected to remain flat or go
up just a bit
By Steve Everly, The Kansas City Star

Suddenly it’s colder and furnaces are firing up, but heating bills are expected to be reasonable this winter — at
least for households heating with gas.

The federal Energy Information Administration said this week it expected natural gas prices to stay steady or go
up just a bit. And in Kansas City, gas utilities say some area consumers could do much better than the federal
agency is predicting.

Missouri Gas Energy this week filed its proposed winter cost-of-gas charge with regulators, designed to cover the
wholesale cost of the fuel plus storage and transportation. At $6.16 for each 1,000 cubic feet of gas, it’s 15
percent lower than last winter’s charge.

“It’s good news,” said Jason Fulp, a spokesman for Missouri Gas Energy. “A lot of people are out of work, and
with the economy like it is, at least we can save some money on heating this year.”

That could change if gas prices become volatile. Missouri utilities are allowed to file another winter rate if that
occurs. But that seems unlikely, as supplies are good and prices have been moderate for nearly three years.

That steady outlook is shared by gas utilities in Kansas, where regulations allow cost-of-gas charges to change

On the Kansas side, Atmos Energy this month has the cost at $4.17 per 1,000 cubic feet. That’s down about 10
percent from the same month last year — and less than half the $9.68 it was charging in 2008.

At the other main Kansas gas utility, Kansas Gas Service, spokeswoman Dawn Ewing said its October gas charge
was $5.44, about 40 cents higher than a year ago. But the utility expects this winter’s costs to be about the same
as last year’s.

The cost-of-gas charge accounts for a large majority of a home heating bill, with the balance covering fees, taxes
and a rate designed to cover the utility’s overhead expenses and profits.

A typical household uses 80,000 cubic feet of gas a year, most of it during the winter. The amount consumed can
vary widely depending on the size of the house, furnace efficiency, thermostat settings and other factors.

The Energy Information Administration is also using a long-range forecast for a slightly warmer-than-average
winter, which in the Midwest could cut consumption for heating fuel by 1.2 percent. If that is wrong, then
heating bills will be higher than expected.

But for now, the agency is expecting an average natural-gas bill in the region of $779 for the heating season.
Propane customers could pay $1,880, up 3.5 percent, and electric heat is projected to cost $1,105.

Those who use heating oil in the United States can expect to pay a whopping $2,493 this winter, up 8.4 percent.
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Seven years ago, heating oil was actually cheaper than natural gas, which has been so susceptible to big swings in
price that it has topped $10 and even $15 per 1,000 cubic feet.

But gas prices have been much lower and relatively steady for almost three years. Forecasters expect that to
continue, mainly because of the tapping of gas in shale formations.

Natural gas in storage, an important gauge of winter prices, is 3,409 billion cubic feet, just 91 billion cubic feet
below year-ago levels. Inventories are expected to be about the same by the time the heating season really fires

Wholesale gas at an important trading hub was $3.60 on Thursday, down from $4.92 in June.

Shale gas, the recovering of gas from rocks, has tamped down price volatility and reversed a decline in domestic
production. U.S. natural gas production is expected to average 66 billion cubic feet per day, a 6.7 percent
increase over 2010.

According to Baker Hughes, a firm that tracks drilling, 923 active drilling rigs were targeting natural gas at the end
of September, up from the year’s low of 866 on May 20. If drilling continues to increase, production could grow
even more than expected in 2012.

“There’s a reason for this, and it’s shale, shale, shale,” said James Williams, an analyst for WTRG Economics.
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Missouri lags in energy efficiency; Illinois shows
By Jeffrey Tomich, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Illinois made big strides to reduce energy use last year while its neighbor on the other side of the Mississippi
River still lags much of the rest of the country, according to a study by the American Council for an Energy-
Efficient Economy.

The nonprofit advocacy group's fifth-annual energy efficiency scorecard ranks Illinois 17th in the nation for its
energy efficiency efforts, up from 25th last year. Missouri is tied with West Virginia for 44th, falling a spot from

The study evaluates states' policies and programs aimed at reducing energy use in homes, businesses and the
transportation sector. Massachusetts overtook California for the top spot in the study. North Dakota was last.

Among some of the differences between Missouri and Illinois:

• Missouri's budget for electricity efficiency programs totaled $40.5 million in 2010, or 0.6 percent of revenue.
Illinois' budget was $165.5 million, or 1.2 percent of the state's total revenue.

• Missouri lacks policies to encourage efficiency in the transportation sector. Illinois allows a rebate of up to
$4,000 on the extra cost of an electric vehicle versus a comparable gas model.

• Missouri has no statewide energy efficiency building code and lacks data on municipalities' efficiency code
compliance rates. Illinois, which does have a statewide code, got a federal grant to study compliance rates.

• Perhaps the biggest policy difference between the states: Illinois has an energy efficiency standard that
requires investor-owned utilities to cut energy use by 25 percent from 2007 to 2025. There is no such
requirement in Missouri.

ACEEE is the same group that this summer published a study suggesting Missourians could save $6.1 billion on
energy expenditures by 2025 through new or expanded efficiency policies and programs.

The programs outlined could reduce Missouri's electricity use by 17 percent and shrink natural gas consumption
by 10 percent, the group said.
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Socket rural broadband project moves ahead
By Rudi Keller, Columbia Daily Tribune

MILLERSBURG — High-speed Internet service will be available soon to a large swath of central Callaway County,
Fulton and eastern Boone County as part of Socket Telecom’s federally sponsored rural broadband project.

Socket received $23.7 million in public help — a $16.6 million loan and a $7.1 million grant — so it could install
fiber-optic lines that would reach as many as 3,033 homes, businesses and public institutions.

Socket is participating in the MoBroadbandNow initiative, which aims to use federal funds provided by the 2009
economic stimulus act to expand broadband service to 95 percent of the state by 2014.

“Just as the rural electrification changed the face and the fate of rural communities in decades past, this project
will help shape Missouri’s future with technology that would dazzle our forebears,” Gov. Jay Nixon said before
participating in a groundbreaking for a “fiber hut” and new fiber-optic lines near Millersburg Christian Church.

The MoBroadbandNow initiative will invest $311 million, much of it federal money, in 18 projects across the
state, Nixon said. The Socket project is funded through a grant and a loan from the U.S. Department of

The majority of residents and businesses in the area to be served currently don’t have access to broadband,
George Pfenenger, president of Socket, said during yesterday’s groundbreaking.

“This project will be a great infusion of technology and resources to the local schools, hospitals, emergency
services and citizens,” Pfenenger said. “They will be able to use this broadband network as a platform to grow
and thrive in this community.”

Socket is waiting for clearance to build connecting lines along public rights of way between its home offices in
Columbia and the area to be served, Pfenenger said. The entire network should be up and running by the end of
2012, he said.

The area from St. Charles Road and Route Z to Millersburg will be the first area served, said Nick Pena, outside
plant coordinator for Socket.

Fiber-optic cables will be installed underground along highways, and customers will be linked to the network
through a fiber-optic line to their homes, Pena said.

Fiber-optic transmission is the best choice for the service, he said, because it will accommodate advances in
technology, he said. “It is as close to future-proof as you can get,” he said.

Service package pricing and speeds have not been set yet, Pena said.
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Corps of Engineers says levee will be rebuilt to 55 feet
By Scott Moyers, Southeast Missourian

Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Thursday the only thing stopping them from raising the Birds
Point-New Madrid Floodway levee an additional four feet was $2.7 million.

Later in the day, Gov. Jay Nixon announced he had committed $2 million in public infrastructure assistance funds
to do just that, bringing the fix to 55 feet.

"Until the system is rebuilt, farmers, residents and businesses across a good portion of Mississippi County remain
unprotected because of the corps' breaching of the levee system," Nixon said in a prepared statement.

Nixon spoke Wednesday with Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh about the funding. Walsh is president of the Mississippi
River Commission and the man who decided to breach the levee in three spots May 2 to relieve floodwaters in
communities in Illinois, Kentucky and Missouri.

"With this funding, the construction should proceed without interruption so that these Missourians are
protected," Nixon said.

The corps had announced earlier Thursday that it stood ready to bolster its temporary fix of the levee system to a
height equivalent to 55 feet on the Cairo, Ill., river gauge, a level expected to provide significantly more flood
protection come spring than the originally planned 51 feet, though still lower than the pre-blast level of 62.5.

The corps has scheduled a news conference for 2:30 p.m. today at the center crevasse near Dorena, Mo., ferry to
more fully explain the details. The corps will announce it will make repairs at the upper breach, near the
confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, and the middle one near Seven Island Conservation Area.

The southernmost breach near Donaldson Point Conservation Area isn't included in the plan because it will
already see some backwater flooding because of a 1,500-foot gap in the levee that existed before the corps
intentionally breached it, said corps spokesman Jim Pogue.

Corps engineers have been studying whether the corps could go higher than the 51-foot temporary fix until
funding was provided to restore the levee to its pre-blast level of 62.5 feet, Pogue said. The team recently
finished its examination and said the corps could go to 55 feet without negatively affecting the rest of the
Mississippi River and Tributaries flood-protection system, he said.

But the corps doesn't have the money to build any higher, he said. It has already spent $8.4 million and has
committed a total of $15 million to shore up the levee to 51 feet by Nov. 30, a goal the corps is still on target to
meet, Pogue said.

According to an update provided Wednesday, the corps has 91 percent of the upper crevasse completed, 48
percent of the middle and 96 percent of the lower. The middle breach was delayed until an endangered species
of bird that was nesting in the area left.
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"We pretty much have moved around the money within the corps to get to 51," Pogue said. "If Congress or
whoever can appropriate the funds to make it happen, we're ready to go to 55."

And now they can.

Raising the levee to 55 feet will lower the risk to a 6 percent chance of overtopping in any given year, while 51
feet left a 16 percent risk of floodwaters coming over the levee, Pogue said.

U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson said she was confident the full amount of funding could be found. Emerson was the
one who placed a call to Nixon about state funding, though questions remain about the corps' ability to accept
state funding.

"We knew they could go up to 55 without having any negative impact on Hickman and Fulton County, Ky.," she
said. "It's taken so long to finish up their assessment. But that's what we were hoping they were going to say. ... I
was not comfortable with 51. But 55 gives you more security."

Mississippi County Presiding Commissioner Carlin Bennett said that the corps' system wide approach misses the
main point: Those who live and work within the floodway are the only ones along the Mississippi River left
without protection.

Bennett pointed out that the floodgates at Morganza and Bonne Carre spillways are closed and that relief wells
and slurry ditches are being installed at Cairo.

"Everybody has protection from the Mississippi River -- except us," Bennett said.

Still, Bennett said, 55 feet is much better than 51. The river has risen to higher than 55 feet only five times -- in
1937, 1950, 1973, 1993 and 2011. But it has risen above 51 feet seven times in the last 12 years.

"If it's not raised to 55 feet, that's a better than 50 percent chance we'll get flooded next year," he said. "We
don't like those odds."
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House leadership disappointed in special session
By Allison Blood

The House and Senate are still at a stalemate as to what to do with the jobs bill that is the cornerstone of the
special legislative session, and the clock is ticking.

Though the House has voted to ask the Senate to go to conference committee on the jobs bill, and was able to
perfect two resolutions, leadership is dissatisfied with the overall outcome of the special session. Democratic
Leader Mike Talboy says he is not optimistic the Senate will want to conference.

House Speaker Steven Tilley says if there’s no jobs legislation passed, the 9 percent of Missourians who are
unemployed will be disappointed.

The Senate meets Tuesday and could decide then if there will be a conference. The Special Session must end
November 5, according to state law.
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Corps assessing Missouri River Basin levees after
declaring 2011 flood
By Mike Lear

The flood of 2011 has been declared over, but work continues for the Corps of Engineers to assess and eventually
repair levee systems damaged in that event. The Corps has said it will not be able to repair all structures
damaged by the event.

Commander of the Kansas City District, Colonel Anthony Hoffman, says natural disasters nationwide have
drained the federal dollars available for response. While the Corps waits on Congress to approve more money,
repairs will be prioritized based primarily on safety and protection of lives.

Preliminary estimates say another $1 billion will be needed for repairs throughout the Missouri River Basin.
Colonel Hoffman says now that the River is back within its banks, assessments are underway to refine estimates.
About 56 of the 156 levee systems in his district that fall under certain federal guidelines are being looked at

Internally, the Corps has reallocated $27.7 million to jumpstart the repair process. In the Kansas City District, the
“top five” levee systems needing repair have been identified, and those will be the subject of the first repair
projects. They are the Union Township Number One, Holt County, Rushville-Sugar Lake, Bean Lake and Wakenda.
Three others have been approved for funding, but none has been allocated to those.

Hoffman says the Corps has little part to play in deciding where federal money will be allocated, but as priorities
are identified information will be shared with Washington D.C. about what needs to be done before the 2012
runoff season. He adds, risks will be high going into that season in the Missouri and Mississippi River Basins, as
well as the East Coast.

Weather seems to be working in the Corps’ favor, however. Long-term forecasts indicate another flood event is
unlikely on the Missouri before work can take place. The biggest risk, the Colonel says, is whether funding will be
available before the window the Corps has to do work closes.

He anticipates levees to be built back to where they were prior to the flood, rather than to greater or lesser
heights. Construction is expected to begin as early as mid November.
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What's behind Missouri's special-session fiasco?
By Virginia Young, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

JEFFERSON CITY • Earlier this week, when Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer phoned House Speaker
Steve Tilley to discuss resolving the impasse over a tax credit bill that would help bring a China trade hub to St.
Louis, Tilley wouldn't take Mayer's call.

It was a moment that showed how raw relations between the two Republican leaders have become, a schism
that helps explain why on Thursday, when Tilley led the House to request a conference committee on the bill,
Mayer immediately spurned the idea.

The special session could grind on for two more weeks with the bill in legislative limbo. But it's mostly an

"It's dead but it's still moving, like a zombie or a vampire," observed lobbyist Otto Fajen of the Missouri National
Education Association.

Indeed, the special session has been such a fiasco that what counts as an accomplishment was the House voting
Thursday to praise a Boeing-made fighter jet that the same body called "aging and obsolete" two weeks ago,
before members realized it was produced in St. Louis.

The earlier resolution urged Congress to support funding for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a jet made in Texas by
Lockheed Martin Corp. that is meant to replace Boeing's F/A-18.

House Majority Leader Tim Jones, R-Eureka, said he skimmed the original resolution, but since it didn't directly
mention Boeing or the F/A-18 jet by name, he didn't catch the "implied problematic issue."

While embarrassing, the Boeing gaffe involved a nonbinding resolution with no force of law. The tax credit
stalemate has far greater implications.

Gov. Jay Nixon and a delegation of business and agriculture leaders leave today for a trade mission to China with
nothing to show for seven weeks of legislative debate about reshaping the state's tax incentives to scale back
programs that don't create jobs and boost those that do.

Casualties of the stalemate include proposals to spend $60 million to develop a China trading hub in St. Louis,
earmark $3 million to attract amateur sports events and award sales tax breaks to lure computer data storage
facilities to Missouri.
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All are stuck because of a dispute between the House and Senate over subsidies for developers — specifically, tax
credits to rehab historic buildings and build low-income housing, which cost the state $107 million and $143
million, respectively, last year.

Senators say the problem with tax credits is that once a program is established, credits flow automatically, even if
state revenue is shrinking. Since education and other programs face cuts when budgets are tight, senators want
to put annual caps and expiration dates, called sunsets, on tax credit programs.

House leaders oppose sunsets, which they say would allow a single senator to kill a worthy tax credit program by
filibustering a bill renewing the program.

"Do you want to put that in the hands of one senator … who wants to get their own specific agenda?" Tilley, R-
Perryville, asked House colleagues on Thursday.

The issue splits legislators along House-Senate lines rather than partisan ones, as was illustrated Thursday by
remarks from Democratic Rep. Chris Kelly of Columbia, who backed Tilley.

"To allow a few narcissists in the Senate to negate the work of 163 representatives is irrational and
inappropriate," Kelly declared.

As an alternative to sunsets, the House gave initial approval to a proposed constitutional amendment. If
approved by voters in November 2012, the amendment would require legislators to take a vote every four years
on each tax credit program, beginning in 2016.

The proposal won initial House approval on a vote of 101-25, a symbolic move since the House has no session
scheduled to take a final vote on it.

Rep. Kurt Bahr, R-St. Charles, spoke against the amendment, saying it would have the effect of locking in tax
credits, because it would supersede existing sunset clauses under which most tax credits expire every six years.

House Majority Leader Jones said the House was sincere in seeking a conference committee with the Senate to
resolve differences on the tax credit bill.

"The issue of sunsets is not an irreconcilable difference," Jones said. "I deny that. I completely dispute that."

Jones suggested the two chambers 'strip this bill to its barest essentials," such as the new breaks for data centers
and amateur sports events. That strategy could help salvage a companion bill setting up a fund for science
startups, which is on Nixon's desk. It contains a clause saying it will not take effect unless the tax credit bill also

In an interview, Mayer, R-Dexter, responded that such an approach would jettison all the Senate's work to
tighten tax credits and require that projects produce a return for taxpayers.
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"The Senate has no confidence that (the House) will work in good faith to get a bill done," Mayer said. "It seems
to me it's just kind of a shell game, to shift blame for their protection of developers, at the expense of taxpaying

Noting that he had been told Tilley was unavailable to talk Monday when the Senate was in the capital, Mayer
compared the situation to the Peanuts cartoon, "where Lucy holds the football and Charlie Brown goes up to
attempt to kick it and she pulls it back. That's kind of what the Senate feels like right now."

Responded Tilley: "I was actually tied up on Monday. I have stuff to do. How productive would a phone call be?"

On the House floor, he used a harsher tone, saying he was frustrated that Mayer had abandoned a tax credit deal
negotiated in private sessions over the summer.

"I'm the guy that was in the negotiations for six weeks, that basically was lied to," Tilley said.

If no deal emerges, as expected, the special session will end by law on Nov. 5. It could be remembered as much
for the Boeing blunder as the tax credit debate.

In a move aimed at making amends with the state's second largest employer, the House voted Thursday to urge
Congress to continue to fund the fighter jet produced in St. Louis.

The new resolution, sponsored by Republican state Rep. Doug Funderburk of St. Peters, praised Boeing Co.'s F/A-
18 Super Hornet fighter jet, both for its contribution to the nation's "air superiority" and for its impact on
Missouri's economy.

The earlier resolution urged Congress to support funding for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which has been
plagued by delays and cost overruns. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has advocated killing the program,
calling it wasteful and unnecessary.

Several prominent Republican and Democratic officials, including Nixon, condemned the original resolution.
Boeing employs 15,000 people in the St. Louis area and generates $1 billion in business for the state each year.

In response to the pointed reaction, House leadership pushed for Thursday's vote. Both resolutions are
nonbinding, and therefore have no direct impact. But Funderburk stressed that they were not meaningless, since
defense spending decisions involved politics.

"Our words mean something," said Funderburk, who has worked at Boeing for several years. "Some of the most
powerful weapons you can use are the words that come out of your mouth."

When the Missouri Legislature speaks, it can have an impact on political decisions in Washington, he said.

Jones said had those issues been raised two weeks ago, he would have worked to ensure they were resolved
before any vote was taken.
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Carnahan, Nixon call for a Feb. 7 presidential primary
that counts
By Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies, St. Louis Beacon

Filing begins next Tuesday for Missouri’s presidential primary, now set for Feb. 7.

The only question is whether the results will count.

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan said Thursday that she hopes the primary results will be used by both
major parties to allocate their presidential delegates. She added that she's surprised that, at the moment, the
GOP plans to ignore the primary.

One of the subplots of this year’s special session was a bipartisan effort to move the 2012 presidential primary
from February to March. Both national parties have been threatening to punish states who held their primaries
or caucuses before March 1. Only four states are sanctioned to hold earlier primaries or caucuses.

Gov. Jay Nixon supported the move, but vetoed the primary bill approved during the regular legislative session
because of other provisions.

The General Assembly was to tackle the matter during the special session. The state House handly approved a bill
moving the primary to March, but critics in the state Senate blocked the shift on various grounds.

Two days before the national GOP's Oct. 1 deadline, the Missouri Republican Party announced that it would use
the existing caucus system -- already in place to choose the delegates -- to also determine which presidential
candidate they will support. Both parties' caucuses begin in March.

But this week, some Republican legislators tried, and failed, to cancel the February primary entirely. They argued
that it was a waste to spend millions of dollars on a primary that won't count.

The Senate also rejected a last-ditch move to try again to pass the House bill moving the primary to March.

(Democrats haven't said much publicly about the controversy, largely because President Barack Obama is
expected to face no major opposition in a 2012 primary or caucus.)

With the February 7 primary now still in place, Carnahan announced Thursday that candidate filing will begin at 8
a.m. Tuesday. And despite the turmoil within GOP ranks, Carnahan said in an interview, "I encourage the
candidates to come to Missouri and campaign."

As for the Republican objections to the primary, Carnahan told the Beacon, "I am surprised that anybody would
want to limit the right of voters...It doesn't make any sense to me."


She noted that 1.4 million Missourians cast ballots in the 2008 presidential primary, which was hotly contested
by Democrats and Republicans. Obama and Republican John McCain narrowly won their party's respective
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That's far more than the few thousand who usually get involved in the presidential caucuses, which were
generally used in Missouri. The state held a presidential primary in 1988, and then every four years since 2000.

"I think it’s serious business to elect a president and we should similarly let ordinary Missourians – Democrats,
Republicans and independents – have a voice in that and not just leave it to party insiders to decide who the
candidates will be," Carnahan said. "So I am in favor of a primary system and it’s a better reflection of what
ordinary Missourians are looking for."

Carnahan acknowledged that state law gives the parties discretion in whether to use the primary results to
allocate presidential delegates.

"Parties can choose to say 'The voters made this decision, that’s how the delegates will be allocated,' or parties
can choose to ignore the voters’ will," Carnahan said. "And I would encourage all the parties to go along with
what Missourians are looking for."

"Look, we’re living in a time when people are desperate to have their voices heard. I don’t think political leaders
are reflecting well enough their values and interests," she added. "I think it is the wrong time for anybody to say
‘we don’t care what you want voter. We’re going to let party insiders make that decision.’ I just think that’s the
wrong way to go."


Carnahan’s comments were echoed on Monday by some like-minded Republicans during the Senate debate. Sen.
Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, told his colleagues that Americans were teaching other countries about democracy, and
"under no circumstances would we tell them it’s OK to get a group of party activists and elites in a closed room
and decide who we want to be president of the United States of America."

Schmitt's anti-caucus view narrowly prevailed in the Senate, although other Republican lawmakers in both
chambers have continued to press to cancel the primary to save money.

Two members in the state House filed such legislation earlier this week. "We’ve heard from taxpayers that they
don’t want their money wasted if they’re not going to actually move the primary date and the result that comes
from that," said House Speaker Pro Tem Shane Schoeller, who is co-sponsoring that bill.

(Schoeller also is considering a 2012 bid for secretary of state. Carnahan is not seeking a third term.)

Still, Schoeller's bill appears to have little chance of passing, since both chambers aren't expected to convene
again before the special session's time runs out November 5.

Carnahan, like Schmitt, doesn't buy the financial argument.

"Every election costs money," Carnahan said. "And if we’re going to decide that elections aren’t worth the cost,
I’m not sure we’re going to be living in the country we think we are. I think it is worth the investment to let
people have a say in nominating the candidates for the highest office in our country."

Carnahan added that she also is encouraging Missouri leaders in both parties to abide by the primary results.

She suspects that the national parties won't end up penalizing Missouri for its February 7 primary -- particularly
since several other states also are bucking the March 1 rule.
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Carnahan noted that in 2008, two states-- Florida and Michigan -- defied the parties' rules by holding
their presidential primaries early. For all the talk of punishment, she observed, "What happened?"

In the end, nothing. Both states' delegations were seated at the 2008 presidential conventions.


Any move to eliminate the presidential primary also would need the approval of Nixon, a Democrat.

After weeks of saying little about the legislative fight, Nixon indicated this week that he would oppose the idea of
cancelling the statewide vote.

"I think the more people who get a chance to voice their opinion – especially as something as important as a
presidential election – the better off we are," said Nixon after an unrelated news conference Wednesday in
Millsburg, Mo.

Nixon said his preference would have been to move the primary to March, which is why he put the matter on the
special session's agenda.

"That would have been of benefit in a number of ways [and would have] taken away any questions of delegate
seating and what not," Nixon said. "I certainly support that system. I think it’s a better system. So we’ll be
working to give as many people a voice as they possibly can have."
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The fall and collapse of an economic development bill
By Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies, St. Louis Beacon

Technically, the Missouri General Assembly remains in special session. But practically, it's all over.
The Missouri House decided Thursday to keep the dim hopes alive of reaching compromise on economic
development legislation by voting to go to conference with the Senate.
But since the Senate voted Monday to decline any negotiations, no talks are expected.
That is why Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday that it was time to pull the plug.
"It's time for them to stop expending the taxpayers' dollars,'' Nixon said at a news conference in St. Louis that
was intended to focus on his upcoming trip to China -- but touched on the special session as well.
"We went in with good intentions,'' Nixon said, referring to the summer declarations by House and Senate
leaders that a deal had been struck on an economic development package.
"That consensus eroded,'' the governor continued.”We'll move on."
House Majority Leader Tim Jones, R-Eureka, said that the House wouldn't officially adjourn in the hopes that a
conference committee might come about. But if the Senate takes no further action, he said that the special
session will simply expire when it hits the Nov. 5 deadline.
Tensions between the House and the Senate have been common in recent years, even with the huge Republican
majorities in both chambers. But the Senate-House relationship has been particularly acrimonious during the
special session.
On Thursday, for instance, leaders of the House publicly ripped the Senate for that chamber's vote Monday not
to go to conference -- and instead demand that the House drop its differing version of the economic
development package.
House Speaker Steve Tilley, R-Perryville, once again criticized the Senate for not following through on what he
had thought was a summer deal on the particulars in the package.
"I'm the guy who was in the negotiations that basically was lied to," said Tilley in an exchange with state Rep.
Margo McNeil, D-Florissant. "So trust me, I share your frustration."
The criticism wasn't just from Republicans. State Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, contended that the Senate
couldn't constrain what he termed a "vocal minority" of senators who have controlled their chamber's position
on tax credits.
"To allow a few narcissists in the Senate to negate the work of 163 members of the House of the Representatives
is irrational and inappropriate," Kelly said. "To do so would be to fail in our duties to zealously protect this body
and this prerogative."
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What irked House leaders was the decision of Senate leaders -- notably Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer, R-
Dexter -- not to use a particular legislative procedure, known as "moving the previous question," to end
Jones, for example, noted previous Senate leaders have used the maneuver to force action on controversial
issues, if they knew they had the overall Senate votes to do it.
Some senators have said privately, for example, that they believed the Senate would have been able to pass an
economic package similar to the summer compromise, if Senate leaders had been willing to take on the handful
of vocal dissidents, led by state Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau.
The problem? The dissidents were fellow Republicans.
In the past, Senate leaders usually used the "previous question'' maneuver to get around opponents in the
opposite party -- most recently, Democrats.
"The Senate does have the ability to move the agenda forward if they want to," Jones said. "They do have those
But he added, "It isn't often done and I understand why. They are a very different chamber."
Jones observed that even the U.S. Senate, which has been beset with similar internal fights, often has used
parliamentary maneuvers to get around dissidents and force a vote.
Jones, who has been elected by fellow House Republicans to be their next speaker in 2013, said he hopes to see
more cooperation between the two chambers in the future.
"I have had a number of senators, many of whom I worked with in the House, reach out to me already and say
'when you are speaker in two years in 2013, we would like to actually have an agenda in the Senate that can
mirror an agenda in the House that we can all work on together."
Mayer, however, said in an interview that the differences were not political or personal. Rather, he contended
they reflected legitimate disagreements over policy and how the state government should run.
Mayer said several senators -- including Crowell, Brad Lager, R-Savannah, and Chuck Purgason, R-Caulfield -- felt
the state was spending too much money on tax credits. He noted that the Senate has been deliberating the issue
for years.
(What Mayer didn't mention is that Nixon publicly has called for curbing state tax credits as well.)
"We see where our budget is going," Mayer said, echoing similar complaints by the governor. "And we realize
that we as legislators are going to have to rein in these tax credit programs or we're not going to be able to
maintain the funding on education -- for K-12 or higher ed -- much less give an increase."
He reaffirmed that the Senate was adamant about the need for "sunsets'' on state tax credit programs, in
particular the two largest ones which offer incentives for historic preservation and low-income housing.
Mayer said that sunsets force legislators to "spend the time and effort to determine 'hey, do we believe that this
is good? Should we continue it? Should we scale it back or put in place a different type of program for tax
credits? Or do we do away with it altogether?' "
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A sunset "forces some action or conduct on the part of the legislature in a certain point in history," Mayer added.
Over in the House, Tilley and other House leaders have opposed sunsets -- largely out of concern that a few
senators might kill off a worthy tax incentive program and prevent it from being reauthorized.
Tilley emphasized Thursday, as he has throughout the session, that he had reluctantly agreed to sunsets in the
original economic development deal. But he backed off after the Senate unilaterally added other provisions that
had not been part of the original agreement and that were strongly opposed by House leaders.
On Thursday, House Budget Committee chairman Ryan Silvey, R-Clay County, proposed a constitutional
amendment to require regular votes in both chambers on whether to reauthorize tax credit programs. He said
his aim would be to require review of the programs but prevent a Senate filibuster by a few.
The House gave a preliminary vote in favor of the idea, but it's unclear if a final vote will be taken before the
special session expires.
Meanwhile, Dan Mehan, chief executive of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, lamented the
special session's collapse.
"The business community is very disappointed," Mehan said, contending that various worthy economic initiatives
"were held hostage to a disagreement on tax credit reform."
"It was very frustrating to see seven weeks (of legislative work) boil down to one issue -- 'sunsets,' " Mehan said.
He observed that "there were concerns over the way each body does actually operate.''
But Mayer added that business leaders were most upset about the bottom line: "We were 'that close' to a deal,
and they are walking away from it."
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With no gift limit, World Series could be field day for
By Jake Wagman, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

ST. LOUIS • Tony La Russa might not be the only one trying to play all the angles this post-season.

During the spring and summer, lobbyists spend thousands of dollars treating Missouri lawmakers to one of their
favorite perks: Cardinals baseball.

And that's during the regular season.

It's hard to imagine, then, that lobbyists are not busy this week — handing out tickets to their friends in Jefferson
City looking to attend the Fall Classic.

The Cardinals generally don't provide free tickets to public officials, with the exception of one night early in the
season when members of the Board of Aldermen and others are invited.

That means, when it comes to seeing the Redbirds play for it all, lawmakers — and lobbyists — are on their own.

While some corporate clients may invite officials to share their suite or box seats, it's just as likely that the
lawmakers are calling the lobbyists looking to score seats.

The last time the Cardinals were in the World Series, in 2006, the state did not require as many details on
lobbyists’ reports as it does now.

However, it appears several legislators made it to Busch Stadium for that series, including eight who received
"entertainment" tickets worth between $150-$500 from AT&T the week the World Series was in town.

(One of those lawmakers, State Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, paid back the company three months
later, records show.)

Lobbyists are now required to put more information on their monthly disclosure forms — for instance, they have
to describe the nature of the event, not just "entertainment."

But which, if any, lawmakers attended the World Series this year with complimentary tickets won't be known
until Dec. 1, when the October lobbyist reports become public.

Unlike other states, Missouri places no limit on gifts given to lawmakers — so long as they are reported, they are

Elsewhere, though, free World Series tickets have gotten lawmakers in trouble.
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In New York, former Gov. David Paterson, whose rocky tenure was already a national punchline, was hit with a
$62,000 ethics fine for improperly soliciting World Series tickets from the Yankees.

And, just this week, a former aide to former U.S. Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond of Missouri was sentenced to jail —
albeit for just a day — for accepting tickets to the 2003 World Series from a Jack Abramoff associate.
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Missouri House seeks to undo damage by formally
praising Boeing
By Jason Rosenbaum, special to the Beacon

The Missouri House on Thursday sought to undo some public-relations damage by passing a resolution that
praised the F/A-18 jetfighter built in St. Louis by Boeing.
Earlier this month, the House passed a resolution that appeared to insult Boeing by lauding a rival aircraft built by
Texas-based Lockheed Martin.
The earlier resolution was sponsored by Rep. Caleb Jones, R-Clarksburg, at the behest of a Republican lobbyist
who works for Lockheed. Jones and his allies said the resolution, which praised Lockheed's F-35 strike fighter,
was aimed at encouraging Congress to stick with the plane. About 500 Missourians work for subcontractors in
the state who produce parts for the plane.
But the resolution's veiled criticism of the F/A-18, although not by name, was seen as a jab at Boeing, which
employs about 15,000 people in the state, mostly at the St. Louis plant.
Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, and GOP congressional candidate Ann Wagner were among the bipartisan cadre of
public figures who condemned the resolution as an insult to Boeing.
House Majority Leader Tim Jones, R-Eureka and Caleb Jones' cousin, attempted to diffuse the controversy last
week by publicly apologizing and emphasizing that House leaders hadn't intended to jab Boeing.
So on Thursday, the House unanimously approved a resolution that urges “Congress to recognize the importance
of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet program to the State of Missouri, our military, and our national security, and to
support the continued production and full funding of the F/A-18E/F program.”
“There’s been a lot of discussion in the last couple of weeks about what is the value of a House resolution,” said
Rep. Doug Funderburk, R-St. Peters, a Boeing employee who sponsored the resolution. “My response to that is
'Our words mean something.' Some of the most powerful weapons you can use are the words that come out of
your mouth.”
“Other people are listening to what we as Missourians say, as well as people across the country,” he added. “So
don’t think that our words don’t mean anything just because we’re passing a resolution.”
Rep. Clem Smith – a Velda Village Hills Democrat who also works for Boeing and voted for the errant resolution
– said “things kind of got out of control” last week when it was approved.
“I don’t think there was any malicious intent in anything this legislative body did,” Smith said. “We support the
great employers in this great state. We support the great men and women that work on these projects… I would
not do anything personally to take the food off somebody’s plate.”
Funderburk’s resolution passed without opposition.
Majority Leader Jones called the flap “a good lesson for all of us to make lemonade out of lemons” -- to have a
good relationship with all Missouri employers.
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Rupp, Diehl seek to intervene in lawsuit challenging
congressional redistricting
By Jo Mannies, St. Louis Beacon

The two Republican legislators who arguably played the biggest role in Missouri's congressional redistricting --
state Sen. Scott Rupp and state Rep. John Diehl -- are seeking to intervene in the lawsuit recently filed by
Rupp, R-Wentzville, and Diehl, R-Town and Country, also have submitted formal responses to the suit, in which
they deny allegations that the new congressional boundaries amounted to "Republican gerrymandering."
They also deny that politics played a prime role in the General Assembly's decision to target U.S. Rep. Russ
Carnahan, D-St. Louis, and dismantle his district. Missouri is losing one of its nine congressional seats because the
state's population growth lagged behind some other states.
Rupp and Diehl are asking to be added as defendants in the case, because they contend that the current
defendants -- Secretary of State Robin Carnahan and Attorney General Chris Koster -- aren't familiar enough with
the legislative deliberations that resulted in the new boundary lines for the remaining eight districts.
The implication is that Koster and Carnahan, both Democrats, might not aggressively defend the new map, which
goes into effect in January 2013 and is the basis for the 2012 congressional elections.
Rupp and Diehl note in their court papers, however, that Koster has filed a motion that generally supports the
new boundaries and seeks to get the suit tossed out. They also cite Carnahan's public comments, in which she
said she had no position on the suit. She is the congressman's sister.
The Democrats and allied voters filing the suit allege that the GOP took improper aim at Carnahan and drew up
the remaining eight districts in a way to ensure that six of the state's seats would be Republican-leaning or solid
Democrats cite statewide election results to indicate that Missouri is more of a 50-50 state when it comes to
political leanings. The suit implies that population patterns, and politics, dictate that an outstate district should
have been targeted.
The suit's costs are being underwritten by the National Democratic Redistricting Trust.
The Republican-controlled General Assembly adopted the map last spring, with Rupp and Diehl taking major
roles in each chamber's combative negotiations with the current six Republicans and three Democrats in the U.S.
Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, vetoed the map. But the General Assembly overrode the veto, with the help of four
Democrats in the state House.
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Kinder asks appeals court to resurrect his suit against
federal health care law
By Jo Mannies, St. Louis Beacon

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder offered up optimism this morning, as he and lawyer Thor Hearne discussed their
presentation today before a federal appeals court of their arguments surrounding Kinder's lawsuit against the
federal health-care law.
A lower court earlier had tossed out Kinder's suit, saying he had no legal standing because he has health
insurance and therefore wouldn't be affected by the federal mandate that most people purchase health
insurance by 2014.
Today's hearing before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals challenged the lower court's dismissal.
Kinder and Hearne contend that the lieutenant governor does have standing. Among other things, they noted to
reporters that Kinder gets his insurance through his job in state government and observed that he might not be
in state government by 2014 and therefore may be seeking private insurance.
(Such comments were interesting since Kinder has been expected to run for governor in 2012 and, presumably,
has confidence that he could win.)
Kinder's suit challenges the health-insurance mandate as well as the law's requirement that some states --
including Missouri -- expand their eligibility requirements for Medicaid, health insurance covering the poor.
In the hearing, Hearne also focused on co-plaintiff Samantha Hill, who he says does not believe she should be
required by the federal health-insurance mandate to purchase coverage that has some features she doesn't need
or want.
The appeals court also heard from lawyers representing the federal government, who argued in favor of the
lower court decision throwing out the suit.
Hearne told reporters afterward that he believed it was likely the appeals court would issue an opinion within the
next 12 months.
Kinder and Hearne hope that, if the suit is restored, that it could be combined with other suits filed by various
states against the mandate, if all end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.
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EDITORIALS … & Letters to the Editor
Editorial: Auditor on right side of debate with Missouri
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich may not be quite ready to join the Occupy Wall Street movement, but he is
taking on the state's bankers.

In a tough move for a Republican, Mr. Schweich insists on the state government's right to regulate banks and to
serve as a public watchdog, roles that both Wall Street and some members of his party have been campaigning
against for many months.

In a state that has had 12 banks fail in the last three years, Mr. Schweich is trying to ensure that the state's
Division of Finance does its job. That division is entrusted with verifying the solvency of state banks. Mr.
Schweich, as the state auditor, is charged with making sure the division crosses its t's and dots its i's.

In May, Mr. Schweich's office gave the Division of Finance an "incomplete" grade on its audit for failing to turn
over bank records that would demonstrate whether the division was completing its assessments in the time
required by law. A flurry of legal action ensued.

Eventually, the auditor and the Division of Finance agreed on a procedure for the auditor to receive the proper
documents. But the Missouri Bankers Association then sued, suggesting that the auditor lacked the authority to
do a "performance" audit.

This is an old ruse, trotted out every few years when a state agency wants to shield some of its records from the
auditor. It has been tried under previous auditors, Democrats and Republicans alike. That's why two former
auditors — Claire McCaskill, a Democrat and currently a U.S. senator, and Margaret Kelly, a Republican — filed
friend of the court briefs backing Mr. Schweich's position.

The former auditors each wrote that the Missouri Constitution and state law "clearly envision a broader role for
the Auditor — as the watchdog for Missouri taxpayers."

The bankers association argues that the confidentiality of their records must be protected. They say that their
customers would not want their personal financial information to in any way become part of the state record.

But state auditors regularly deal with such records. They are bound by strict confidentiality rules outlined in state
statute and ethical codes.
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If the Wall Street meltdown that led to our nation's current financial malaise taught us anything, it's that
Americans should not trust bankers to police themselves. Missouri has limited rules in place to allow state
regulators to make sure that state-chartered banks are solvent so that consumers can be protected.

Missouri bankers should be ashamed that they are trying to impede such oversight. If their lawsuit is successful,
Missouri would become the only state in the nation that doesn't allow its auditor or a similar watchdog office to
conduct reasonable performance audits on state agencies.

To bring attention to the issue, Mr. Schweich plans to support legislation that would spell out clearly his authority
to conduct performance audits. We don't think a new law is necessary because the authority already exists.

The banks should stand down and let the state auditor do his job.
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Editorial: Occupy movement is the real deal
The Maneater

Anyone who hasn’t been living under a rock since September has heard of Occupy Wall Street. It’s the grassroots
movement trying to tell the top 1 percent of the country, which controls 42 percent of the nation’s wealth, that
the bottom 99 percent is tired of being taken advantage of.

It’s a complex issue, and we don’t claim to be experts, but as Occupy Wall Street is one of the topics that will
most affect our generation, we found it important to try.

Whether or not we’re super organized, or have all the answers, we’re trying. As members of a generation that is
often attacked for being lazy or giving in because we don’t get our way, we’re trying to put up a fight. As part of
the up-and-coming 99 percent, we are entering a job market in which fair wages are no longer guaranteed. We
are entering a housing market that’s been proven unsustainable. America is broken, and nobody knows how to
fix it — but somebody has to try.

There are plenty of examples of how society is broken. The wage gap is greater now than it has ever been. It is so
bad that it compares to countries such as Cameroon, Madagascar, Rwanda, Uganda and Ecuador. This data is
using the Gini coefficient, something used by the Central Intelligence Agency. What’s more disturbing than
countries with equivalent income gaps are those that are more equal. China, Russia and India are among the
countries more equal than us.

We’re arguing that nobody should be too big to fail. Wall Street took a second chance from the pockets of
Americans, and we’re standing here, waiting desolately for the trickle-down theory to take effect. But it won’t.
One percent can only purchase so much without throwing money into more money-making accounts, making its
own sector wealthier.

It’s been argued the poor in America have modern amenities such as television, air conditioning, refrigerators
and microwaves. Before you attack these as amenities, try going without them for six months.

The 99 percent is not fighting to get rid of the 1 percent. They simply want the 1 percent to join them. Without
the 1 percent giving up even a little bit, the 99 percent will never gain more. Equality is give and take.

America was built upon the idea of meritocracy: the belief one can move forward based on skill and hard work,
not current class status. Unfortunately, conglomerate corporations have made meritocracy a myth and stolen the
American dream.

Mom-and-pop shops are being driven out of business by larger companies that can outsource and under-price
items until their competitors are out of business. Students are graduating after years of working for a degree
without a plethora of job openings. Members of the lower class are working unrealistic hours and underpaying
jobs without seeing their ends meet.
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There isn’t too much we can do. Wall Street doesn’t care to hear what we have to say. The brokers of Wall Street
are not opening angry letters from consumers while they vacation in Malibu.

The importance of corporations in America should not be downplayed, but the level-headed people in this
occupation are not calling for total anarchy and the downfall of corporations. They are calling for regulation. They
are asking for the abuse of the American people to stop.

The Wall Street occupation is a symbolic way to get the point across. With national pull, hopefully more people
start listening.

Occupy COMO and Occupy Mizzou have the power to teach Columbia and MU about these issues. These groups
can raise awareness for Missouri’s flagship university, a group of people that will hopefully one day grow to be
influential leaders. To keep from fragmenting and weakening the message, the groups should work together
when possible.

For those community members who aren’t able to protest, or give their time, they can be involved in other ways.
Occupy COMO protesters said the community support was meaningful to them. The donation of simple items
such as food and coats makes the protest possible.

Attention is one of the hottest commodities in America today. Giving our attention, following the issues and
learning about them show support, too. Follow the groups on Twitter and Facebook. Stop by once in a while and
attempt to understand why people are protesting.

To make a difference in the future, we must invest the work now. Make a point to understand people of different
backgrounds and different class perspectives. Make a point to understand the financial needs of our country and
how they can be solved. Make a point to stop being apathetic. This affects you. This affects everyone.

This is one of the most defining moments of our era and should be treated as such.
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Letters to the editor, October 21
Time to move on

I know that protesting is allowed as long as there are no disturbances. However, this Occupy St. Louis movement
is getting really old. I work across the street from the "protesters." I don't see them doing anything but sitting
around. The same cars have been parked on Market and Seventh streets for the last two weeks. Have they been
feeding the meters for this length of time? They should be ticketed, just as anyone else would be.

I feel it isn't only protesters anymore. Homeless people are sleeping there, too. Was the fountain turned off
because of the protest?

This protest is such an eyesore, especially when the whole country is watching us during the World Series. People
are coming in from all over and have to walk beside this. It infuriates me as I drive in, walk by and go into my
office to put in a full day (plus) of work.

When are we going to get rid of these people? There are a lot of people who share my feelings.

Judy Mason • House Springs

Changing the conversation

For those who constantly are questioning the point and efficacy of the Occupy Wall Street movement, I would
point out that the movement has changed our national conversation in one month's time.

The Missouri Legislature, on the other hand, couldn't get anything done in what seemed like a never-ending
special session. Oh, and we taxpayers are footing the bill for the legislators' ineptitude.

Occupy Wall Street, 1; Missouri taxpayers, 0.

Glenn Burleigh • St. Louis

Arrogance and science

The editorial "Rush? What rush?" (Oct. 19) purports to portray all the dangers of electricity from coal. Toward the
end, the editorial lists the benefits of a pending U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule, including 11,000
fewer non-fatal heart attacks annually and 120,000 fewer asthma attacks. What arrogance! What God furnished
such statistics?

Might the so-called statistics have been copied from the EPA ruling on coal-fired plants, the same ruling that
confused megawatts with gigawatts?

I suggest that if the Post-Dispatch's editorials are going to pretend to be about science, then the paper should
hire a scientist to write them and omit the political portion.
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Roman Patrick • St. Louis County

'Auto' advice

During the slow economy of 1957, we heard the phrase "You auto buy now." I may have helped a mite. I bought
a 1957 Thunderbird that year (no, I don't still have it). The phrase was endorsed and spoken by the President
Dwight D. Eisenhower.

If we used that phrase again, considering today's economic picture, would that be what Wall Street is looking

Bob Lampson • Lemay

Get tobacco out of baseball

The American Medical Association agrees that the sight of smokeless tobacco use in Major League Baseball sends
an unhealthy message to children ("Sen. Durbin, colleagues want smokeless tobacco kicked out of baseball," Oct.

Smokeless tobacco is associated with numerous health risks, including cancer and oral health problems, and
young people who watch their sports heroes use smokeless tobacco may be inspired to pick up this harmful
habit. While great strides have been made in recent years, a number of star players have used smokeless tobacco
on camera this season. Major League Baseball was a leader when it banned cigarette smoking in the parks, and it
should take the next step and eliminate tobacco completely.

The AMA is proud to be a member of the Knock Tobacco Out of the Park campaign, a coalition of major medical
and health groups that have come together to ask Major League Baseball and the Major League Players
Association to prohibit tobacco use at games. By banning smokeless tobacco from Major League Baseball, these
professional athletes can set a better example for America's youth.

Dr. Peter W. Carmel • Chicago

President, American Medical Association

No crying in baseball (except for Cubs fans)

Regarding Bill McClellan's column "A last hurrah for a great sport" (Oct. 19): Cubs fans get depressed every World
Series, and this depression is magnified hundreds of times when the Cardinals are in it. And, if you are a Cubs fan
residing in St. Louis, it has to be unbearable.

As a Cubs fan, Mr. McClellan has had an extremely tough time since Tony "La Genius" La Russa arrived. Since
2004, the Cardinals have played in three World Series. The Cardinals are the only team to enjoy that many trips
to the Fall Classic since 2004. The Cubs have played in two World Series since 1908. As a Cardinals fan, nothing
would be worse than to watch the Cubs win a World Series. Fortunately, Cardinals fans younger than 108 haven't
had to deal with that.
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Baseball attendance throughout the nation never has been higher than under current commissioner Bud Selig.
Nearly every team has built a new stadium within the past 15 years. Perhaps Mr. McClellan assumed baseball
was dying because he only views games at Wrigley Field. Attendance was sparse there this year, except when the
Cardinals headed north and Wrigley was a sea of red.

Mr. McClellan can save himself some grief by not watching or reading about the World Series this year. Rather
than watch Cardinal Nation celebrate, he can watch something else on television. ESPN is running neat
documentary now called "Catching Hell." It details the tragic story of Cub fan Steve Bartman.

Michael Szerzinski • St. Louis

Intact record

While St. Louis and Missouri celebrate the Cardinals appearing in another World Series, one has to wonder, after
the Republican-led Missouri Legislature endorsed a Texas employer over a Missouri employer making military
fighter jets, will the Legislature now keep up its record intact and endorse the Texas Rangers over the St. Louis

James R. Cantrell • Ballwin
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Letters | Friday, Oct. 21
The Kansas City Star

Students hang up studies for cell phones

Mará Rose Williams’ Oct. 11 article, “If students don’t snooze, they lose,” stated what students, parents, and
teachers have known for a long time: High school and college students don’t get enough sleep. But I read nothing
about the effect of electronic devices.

I have taught high school juniors in the Shawnee Mission district for more than 30 years and have seen this sleep
deprivation problem increase since the advent of cell phones. Many students are addicted to their phones.

Not only do they spend much of their class time checking and sending messages, but the accumulated effect of
all their electronic toys during homework time is even more devastating. I suspected — and most of the kids
admitted — that when they went to their rooms to “study,” they started by catching up with all the phone
messages that had popped up in the last 90 seconds, putting on their iPods, turning on their computers (to three
or four sites) and their TVs — and then wondering why, at midnight, they had done no meaningful homework.

These habits and addictions are formed in high school and continued in college. Williams’ article overlooked this
important time-wasting, sleep-depriving component.

Bill Boley • Kansas City

Congress’ low ratings

In a survey that ranked most-trusted professions, congressional members rated two places above used car

After the partisan debt ceiling debate, I predict Congress will slip even farther toward the bottom of the list.

Jane Toliver • Leawood

Unwarranted rage

Recently I watched the Kansas City marathon run down Wornall Road from 75th Street to Gregory Boulevard. All
of the cross streets were closed to motor-powered traffic so the runners could pass.

When the runners were not present the police would direct drivers around the route, or let them pass across the
street. The police were very encouraging to the runners and did the best they could to handle the motorists.

What concerns me is the lack of control and rage some motorists exhibited toward the police, their fellow drivers
and pedestrians. If something catastrophic were ever to happen and motorists weren’t able to use vehicles as
freely and liberally as they do, I would truly hate to see that rage.

David Reinert • Kansas City
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Repairing America

It looks like we will end up with a Republican president, mostly because of President Barack Obama’s lack of

We will go back to the right. Then most likely after that, we’ll go back left as we did in 2008.

It reminds me of a drunk driving down the highway. He’s all over the road and leaving a path of destruction
behind him.

We need to elect a leader who doesn’t care about getting what’s good for his party. We need to elect someone
who will put this country back like it was before George W. Bush and his boss, Dick Cheney, put us in the fix we
are in.

Donald Ludy • Kansas City

Quick action lacking

The sexual abuse crisis in the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese would be disturbing even if were an isolated
incident. But considering that it has been an ongoing problem throughout the world I have to wonder, do my
bishops ever learn anything?

If the bishops in Rome took this problem as seriously as that of Australian Bishop William M. Morris of
Toowoomba, who was quickly dismissed for a statement favorable to women’s ordination, the sexual abuse crisis
would have been greatly reduced, and possibly Bishop Robert Finn would have been motivated to nip our local
crisis at its beginning.

John L. Coakley Jr. • Kansas City

Obama unfairly blamed

Everyone is blaming the lack of job creation on President Barack Obama. What people don’t seem to understand
is it is not the responsibility of the president to create jobs. It is his or her responsibility to create an environment
for companies to want to hire.

But how can he do that with Congress fighting him at every turn? For every Democrat who has a vision, there is a
Republican who opposes it and visa versa. Things don’t get done when parents are constantly fighting. And the
ones who suffer are the children.

President George Bush ran this country how he saw fit with little or no opposition. Why can’t we let President
Obama do the same thing? Oh, I know.

Nicole Carter • Shawnee

Unsustainable costs for health care in U.S.

It’s no wonder our health care system is in need of a total overhaul. Recently finding myself in need of care for a
late-night injury, and an urgent care facility not being an option, I went to Shawnee Mission’s Prairie Star
emergency room.
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While the care I received was friendly and prompt, I was shocked to see exorbitant charges for a tetanus shot,
wound cleaning, two pain pills and one antibiotic tablet. Included in this total was the cost for the two pain pills
and the high cost for the tetanus shot.

How can we continue to tolerate these inflated health care costs, and why is there such a reluctance to take
action to correct these abuses? The long-term cost to our country’s financial health affects everyone.

Chris Miller • Olathe

Ending poverty in U.S.

Poverty starts with the children. Countless children grow up and follow in the same path of their parents —
uneducated and impoverished. It’s a destructive cycle that continues generation after generation.

Yes, you hear about the one in a million who rises out of poverty, and that gives us hope. But we have ignored
the other thousands of people. It seems to me that the world just accepts poverty.

Some blame it on a work ethics void. Others bring in the natural social order. I take a different approach. I don’t
blame it on people’s actions or decisions. I blame it on the public education system.

Ask yourself, what chance does a kid have to rise out of poverty without a proper education? I propose
increasing funding in early childhood education for people living in poverty without the use of overburdened
social services.

Colton Mercurio • Parkville

Thankful for America

On the way home from work I mailed letters to my elected officials concerning our country’s wars. A school bus
put out its stop sign as schoolchildren emerged.

A smiling girl crossed as a dog stood up on the fence, wagging its tail. She petted the dog, a picture of happiness
and contentment.

My mind was taken away from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, where my sons served with the Marine Corps,
and where our troops serve today, risking their lives and doing their share to preserve our freedom and allow me
to see this slice of American life.

I can contact my elected officials without fear of retribution.

Our post office delivers letters and packages across our nation and world. Children attending school is a basic
tenet of our society, a school bus to transport them, another benefit of living in America.

Our homes and the pets we enjoy make our lives more pleasant and comfortable. Women driving is forbidden in
some countries. We travel in this country without fear of hitting a hidden bomb.

Seeing the children made me appreciate all the more our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and every U.S. embassy
Marijane Green • Kansas City

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