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Missouri Governor Nixon Signs Executive Orders to
Help Put Missouri Economy on the Right Track
Posted Tuesday, January 13, 2009 :: Staff infoZine

On his first full day in office, Gov. Jay Nixon took action to turn around Missouri’s economy by signing three
executive orders.
Jefferson City, MO - infoZine - The Governor said the executive orders signed today will ensure that the state of
Missouri does everything it can to revitalize the state’s economy. The three first executive orders will:
             1. help preserve and create jobs in the vital automotive industry and those industries that depend on
                vehicle production;
             2. make Missouri well-positioned to maximize the benefits of the federal stimulus package; and
             3. create a pool of funds for low-interest and no-interest direct loans for small business owners.

           “Quick, decisive action is necessary if we are to get Missouri’s economy moving forward again,” Gov.
           Nixon said. “To do that, we have to get Missourians back to work by creating new opportunities and by
           helping Missouri business grow and thrive.”
           Executive Order 09-01 establishes the Missouri Automotive Jobs Task Force, a group of 12 people to be
           appointed by the Governor to identify ways state government can best help Missouri’s automotive
           industry and the industries that are dependent upon it. The Task Force will be charged with:
                                Identifying current state economic policies and legislative enactments that help or hinder
                                 the development and retention of high-tech automobile production facilities within the state;
                                Evaluating the effectiveness of job training programs, both inside and outside of state
                                 government, in preparing workers for the future of the automotive industry;
                                Recommending legislative and policy solutions to strengthen the automotive workforce in
                                 Missouri in the short and long term;
                                Identifying opportunities for future innovation and investment in the industry;
                                Identifying funding sources for implementing any of its recommendations; and
                                Issuing a report outlining its findings and recommendations.

                       “Missouri is home to the most productive, most highly trained automotive industry workers in
                       America,” Gov. Nixon said. “But the national economic crisis has hit our automotive industry
                       especially hard. We must fight to protect the vital auto jobs we already have here in Missouri –
                       and make sure Missouri is a prime target for the production of the new, ‘green’ lines of vehicles
                       already on the drawing boards.”
                       The executive order directs the task force to issue its report and recommendations within 90 days.
                       Members of the task force, which will be assigned administratively to the Missouri Department of
                       Economic Development, will serve without compensation.
                       Executive Order 09-02 establishes the 15-member Governor’s Economic Stimulus Coordination
                       Council, which will examine how the state of Missouri can ensure it maximizes money that would

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              come from the federal stimulus program. The Governor will appoint no fewer than 15 people to
              the Council.
              “The federal government will be looking to the states for projects that are ready to move,” Gov.
              Nixon said. “This council will develop ideas on how we can make certain Missouri is ahead of the
              The executive order directs the Economic Stimulus Coordination Council to submit a final report
              and recommendations. The report will include how the state can:
                            Coordinate job creation activities with the Missouri Congressional delegation and
                             the current and incoming federal administrations;
                            Identify the best practices for the state of Missouri to utilize to ensure that the state
                             is included at the maximum possible level in appropriations from a federal stimulus
                             package; and
                            Identify any other practices that the state of Missouri should adopt to maximize its
                             relationships with the federal government.

The members of the council will serve without compensation; the council will be assigned administratively to the
Missouri Department of Economic Development.
The third order, Executive Order 09-03, directs the Missouri Department of Economic Development to work with
the Missouri Development Finance Board to create a pool of funds designated for low-interest and no-interest
direct loans for small businesses. Gov. Nixon said he expected the funds for the loans will come from some of
the participation fees collected on MFDB loans and from other sources, for a pool of about $2 million.
“My first meeting as Governor was with a group of small business owners on Monday,” Gov. Nixon said. “They
said accessibility to capital was one of the primary challenges they faced to expand their operations and hire
new employees.
“With $2 million, this fund would be enough to provide 80 loans of $25,000 each to the young innovators and
small-business owners who will turn our economy around,” Gov. Nixon said. “We’ll provide these loans on a
revolving basis to ensure the greatest possible impact. We want to do everything we can to help small
businesses grow, and these types of loans from the state of Missouri will be a big boost.”

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Nixon uses day one to nudge jobs, small business
The Associated Press
JEFFERSON CITY | On his first full day in office, Gov. Jay Nixon pushed Tuesday for the quick establishment of
a small-business loan program as one of the initial steps in his job-creation agenda.
Nixon also ordered the creation of a pair of task forces: one aimed at attracting automotive manufacturing jobs to
the state; the other to capture as much money as possible from a potential federal economic stimulus package.
“We are putting the framework in place to help create new jobs and turn this economy around,” Nixon said at his
first news conference since taking office Monday.
His actions fulfill part of a job-creation initiative he outlined in December. Other parts, such as the expansion of a
tax credit program for certain businesses, require legislative approval.
The main prong of Tuesday’s announcement is a low- or no-interest loan program for small businesses. It would
be financed with part of the revenues from an existing 4 percent fee imposed on tax credit recipients by the
Missouri Development Finance Board.
That fee generated $2.4 million last fiscal year and helped fund a downtown revitalization program. But Nixon
said the finance board has enough money for both the downtown development program and his new initiative.
He is proposing a roughly $2 million program that would provide loans of about $25,000 each to 80 small
Nixon’s executive order directs his Department of Economic Development to work with the finance board to
create a pool of money for the small-business loan program. He said he hopes the program can be set up in 30
to 90 days, with safeguards to ensure the loans actually help create jobs.
However, the Democratic governor can’t make the finance board implement the program, because the board is a
separate entity. Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is chairman of the 12-member finance board, although Nixon is
about to fill three spots with various department directors.
Nixon has direct control over the two other task forces he created Tuesday.
He gave the 15-member Economic Stimulus Coordination Council until Feb. 27 to recommend ways to ensure
Missouri gets the maximum amount of money possible from a federal stimulus package and to identify ways of
accelerating the use of that money in Missouri.
The 12-member Missouri Automotive Jobs Task Force has a more long-term mission of positioning the state to
win manufacturing jobs for the next generation of fuel-efficient vehicles, Nixon said.

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Nixon calls for loan initiative
Governor begins to enact job programs to foster economy.
Chad Livengood News-Leader

Jefferson City -- Gov. Jay Nixon wants to provide job-creating low-interest loans to small businesses by tapping
into an economic development fund used to distribute tax credits.
In his first official act as governor Tuesday, Nixon signed three executive orders directing staff to begin
implementing the "initial pieces" of his Show-Me JOBS initiatives.
The first two created task forces to address preserving the state's automobile businesses and coordinating state
economic development with an impending federal stimulus package from Congress and incoming President
Barack Obama.
The third executive order directed the Department of Economic Development to work with the Missouri
Development Finance Board (MDFB) to immediately create a $2 million low-interest loan program for small
The MDFB is authorized by the legislature to award tax credits to subsidize major economic development
projects, typically in return for a guarantee that the projects create jobs. To run its operation, the board collects a
4 percent fee on all tax credits it awards.
Nixon wants to use $2 million from those fees to give 80 small businesses $25,000 loans.
"There's resources available," Nixon said at a news conference less than 24 hours after being sworn into office.
Just minutes after taking the oath of office on Monday, Nixon met with a group of young entrepreneurs to talk
about his jobs plan.
Many of them expressed frustration with current credit markets and banks, which aren't loaning out money as
liberally as they did in the past.
Nixon suggested the $2 million loan program could supplement unavailable capital funding.
Those who borrow money through the program would be "expected" to create jobs.
"We're not giving away money," Nixon said.
Nixon also directed a newly created 15-member Governor's Economic Stimulus Coordination Council, which will
work with the state's congressional delegation to identify ready-to-go infrastructure and economic-development
projects that could get funded through a trillion-dollar stimulus plan being debated in Congress this month.
Nixon wants a report from the task force by Feb. 27.
As governor, Nixon does not have statutory authority to dip into the Missouri Development Finance Board fund to
fund his proposed loan program.
Releasing the dollars would require approval of the 12-member board, which includes two Democrats and three
newly appointed Nixon cabinet members. They are the directors of the Agriculture, Economic Development and
Natural Resources departments.
"I think it sets a clear priority," Nixon said. "We're not waiting around for action. We will step up and get to work
by asking those on that board, as well as Democrats and Republicans in this building and across the state, to
step with us and stand with us."

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Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder chairs the Missouri Development Finance Board board. A spokesman for
Kinder said the board would consider Nixon's proposal.
"We look forward to working with Gov. Nixon on this issue," said Gary McElyea, communications director for
Bob Miserez, executive director of the Missouri Development Finance Board, called Nixon's proposal "doable."
Whether it could become a sustained program for years to come is another question, Miserez said.
"It's too early this point to know," he said.
Nixon said he's "hopeful" to set up the loan program "in the next 30, 60, 90 days."
As a Democratic governor who is preceding a Republican governor, boards like the MDFB will remain mostly
controlled by Republicans until terms expire and Nixon can appoint his own people.
But for now, the governor can use his bully pulpit to spark action.
"This is a good idea," Nixon said. "We hope that this board will work with us quickly."

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Nixon's job program will test relations
between the parties
By Virginia Young

JEFFERSON CITY — The first jobs program Gov. Jay Nixon wants to launch — low-interest loans for small
businesses — offers the first test of the new bipartisan atmosphere in the Capitol.
Nixon, a Democrat, wants to use $2 million from a pot of money controlled by an independent state board. The
chairman of that board is Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, the state's top Republican elected official.
And so far Kinder hasn't signed on.
The plan would provide $25,000 loans, at low or no interest, to small businesses that promise to create jobs. The
money would come from a 4 percent fee paid by companies that receive tax credits from the Missouri
Development Finance Board.
Kinder's office said in a statement Tuesday that "debate on this issue and many others will continue throughout
this legislative session. The lieutenant governor will begin to evaluate Gov. Nixon's proposal and looks forward to
moving Missouri's economic development goals forward."
Nixon is pressing for quick action. Less than an hour after he took office Monday, he assembled a group of
entrepreneurs to discuss the idea. On Tuesday, Nixon stepped up the pressure with an executive order telling
his economic development director to work with Kinder's board to set up the loan program.
Asked why he needed an order to spur discussions, Nixon told reporters:
"It sets a clear priority. We are not waiting around for action. We will step up and get to work. I am asking that
board, as well as Democrats and Republicans in this building and across the state, to stand with us, not to be
divided but to get to work together. This is a good idea."
Nixon has already lined up support from some economic development officials, who say the proposed loans
would fill a gap that keeps entrepreneurs from expanding.
Banks typically balk at making loans of less than $100,000, said Greg Prestemon, president of the Economic
Development Center of St. Charles County.
The paperwork and "due diligence" involved in processing a small loan cost just as much as a larger loan,
Prestemon said. Also, lending money to entrepreneurs is riskier.
Nixon heard firsthand about the difficulties Monday from 10 entrepreneurs, including Dave and Renee Chronister
of O'Fallon, Mo. Their company, Parameter Security, is located in the business incubator run by Prestemon's
Businesses hire the firm to hack into their computers to expose their weaknesses. Nixon called Parameter an
example of innovative, "young businesses that haven't gotten the breaks the big guys got."
Nixon said he had not talked to Kinder about the loan plan but was dealing with the staff of the state finance
board. One question is whether the agency has enough money for both Nixon's proposal and a program started
by former Gov. Matt Blunt.
Blunt used some of the agency's fees for his Downtown Revitalization Economic Assistance for Missouri, or
DREAM, program. Nixon's spokesman, Jack Cardetti, said Tuesday that Nixon "is generally supportive of the
goals of the DREAM program but he also wants to review its effectiveness."

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Under Blunt's program, certain cities are designated as DREAM cities. They are hooked up with a consulting firm
that develops a plan for example, to improve housing, draw tourists and spur retail development. The cities then
get help snagging state grants to implement the plans.
House Speaker Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said Tuesday that he supports the DREAM initiative but will defer to
"I'll give him his due," Richard said. "I like the DREAM city, but I'm willing to try a small-business incentive and
see if it works for a year."
John Mehner of Cape Girardeau, Mo., a member of the state finance board, said he hasn't seen the details of
Nixon's small-loan plan and couldn't predict whether the board would approve it. But so far, Mehner likes Nixon's
"I'm very supportive of everything I've seen on his Show-Me Jobs initiative," Mehner said. "I think he is right on."

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Nixon creates pool of funds for loans to small businesses
By JANESE HEAVIN of the Tribune’s Staff
Published Tuesday, January 13, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri’s small businesses will have access to additional loan funding within the next three
months under an executive order signed today by Gov. Jay Nixon.
Nixon directed the state’s Department of Economic Development and the Missouri Development Finance Board
to create a pool of about $2 million designated solely for no- or low-interest loans. The money will come from
participation fees collected on MDFB loans and from other sources. Nixon said he envisions providing about 80
loans of $25,000 each to "young innovators and small business owners who will turn our economy around."
Those small bridge loans are just what mom-and-pop businesses across the state need to continue to grow and
operate in tough economic times, said Stephanie Zamora, a network navigator for Missouri Sourcelink, which
helps businesses start up and find resources they need.
Some Missouri businesses had just started to expand when the economy worsened, leaving them with frozen
credit lines and few places to turn for short-term loans, Zamora said. "Contractors are getting hit especially hard
and are really struggling to have some sort of funding to be able to carry them over so they can put together a
new plan for growth," she said.
Mike Downing, executive director of the Missouri CORE Partnership, an economic development agency in Mid-
Missouri, said the loans would be a good first step.
"We’re all hopeful other things are coming," he said. "Those kinds of things are needed, and some other things
are in discussion to jump-start the economy."
Downing praised Nixon for outlining initial steps of his so-called Show-Me JOBS plan. "I think it’s pretty forward-
looking to do some planning and even announcing plans before he was in office," Downing said.
Unveiled last month, Nixon’s Show-Me JOBS initiative is expected to also expand the state’s Quality Jobs
Program, which provides incentives for businesses that create jobs.
Also via executive order today, Nixon created a 12-member Missouri Automotive Jobs Task Force that will
identify opportunities for future auto production, including the new "green" line of vehicles on the drawing board.
Nixon expects a report from that task force within 90 days.
A third executive order signed this morning creates the Economic Stimulus Coordination Council, a 15-member
commission that will come up with a plan to ensure Missouri is one of the first states in line to receive any help
from a federal stimulus package.
"The federal government will be looking to the states for projects that are ready to move," Nixon said. "The
council will develop ideas on how we can make certain Missouri is ahead of the curve."

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Nixon tries, and fails, to ban reporters' cell
By Tony Messenger

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Jay Nixon's relationship with the press ran into some static on his first full day on the
As reporters gathered Tuesday in the reception area of the governor's second-floor Capitol office for Nixon's first
news conference, they were told to deposit their cell phones on a waiting room table. The governor, reporters
were told, doesn't allow cell phones in the oval office that he uses for meetings and news conferences.
Reporters balked. They threatened to walk out of the news conference before it began. One of them used his
cell phone to report the news via text message. And the governor's office, after first saying that the cell phone
ban was a security precaution, backed down.
Cell phones restored, reporters talked with Nixon — who had left his Blackberry behind — about his jobs plan.
Later, Nixon communication director Jack Cardetti said Nixon's cell phone ban will still apply in the governor's
office for meetings that don't include reporters.
"The governor believes when meetings are taking place in the oval office ... that everybody should be focused on
the task at hand," Cardetti said, noting that staff and others who are invited to meetings in the governor's office
follow the same policy.
But Nixon doesn't eschew technology. In fact, reporters at Tuesday's news conference noticed a new tiny
camera above one of the doors. The camera feeds to a screen on a secretary's desk that allows her to know
when meetings have begun or are finished in the office, Cardetti said. He showed curious reporters the screen
that captures the feed. He said the meetings are not recorded.
Later in the day, the spokesman for Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, who is the only Republican in statewide office, issued
a statement announcing that Blackberry chargers would be available at all of Kinder's news conferences.
The spokesman said the note was meant as a "playful" note to reporters and not an official news release.

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UPDATE: Kinder responds to cell-phone-
gate; chargers for everyone!
By Tony Messenger
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

So much for bipartisan Kumbaya singing in the Capitol Rotunda.
Responding to the minor tiff (brouhaha, perhaps?) between Gov. Jay Nixon and the press corps preceding his
first news conference, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder — the only Republican statewide office-holder — issued a news
release suggesting he would offer Blackberry chargers at all news conferences.
Said the release from Kinder spokesman Gary McElyea:
Welcome back to Jefferson City.
I’m sure that the 2009 session will bring many exciting stories across our state.
Today, I would like to announce that we are also implementing a new policy for news conferences organized by
our office. During capitol newsers, we will gladly provide Blackberry phone chargers for use during your
reporting. It is my goal to do what I can to allow you to better inform the citizens of Missouri.
Enjoy your legislative session and feel free to stop by,
Hopefully the lieutenant governor’s office speaks multiple cell-phone languages, as this reporter uses a Sprint
Mogul, which takes a far different charger than the Blackberry.
No other statewide officials have weighed in on the story, though it was clear that Blackberry devices were in
copious use at the first of Senate President Pro Tem Charlie Shields’ seminars on key Legislative topics.
Here’s what AP had to say about the issue.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon gets off to a rocky start with the media by attempting to collect
their cell phones before his first news conference.
Nixon scheduled a news conference on his first full day in office Tuesday to announce several economic
development actions. Before allowing the media in, Nixon’s staff said reporters needed to leave their cell phones
outside his office.
Nixon spokesman Scott Holste claimed the cell phone ban was for security reasons, although cell phones have
been allowed by previous governors.
After the media threatened to boycott Nixon’s news conference, Nixon’s office reversed course and allowed
reporters to carry in their phones.
Nixon communications director Jack Cardetti said later that the cell phone ban will stand for other non-media
meetings with the governor.
UPDATE: McElyea sends word that his note to reporters was not intended as a news release but rather “a
playful email to a few reporters.”
“We don’t play around with news releases,” McElyea says.

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Reporters fight cell phone policy
By Janese Heavin

The buzz at the Capitol today is that reporters were asked to give up their cell phones and Blackberry devices
before entering Gov. Jay Nixon's office for a press conference.
I was all ready to hand over my free-with-subscription Samsung when I noticed other reporters challenging the
request. The former governor didn't have such policy, they argued.
Apparently, though, this is a policy for everyone: There's even a sign posted asking to leave cell phones at the
door before entering the office. I personally had no problem complying with the rule, but then again my phone
functions more like a grape than a Blackberry. Other reporters carry much more advanced cell phones, it seems.
Associated Press reporter David Lieb was even willing to forgo the conference if Nixon enforced the no-phone
rule. (I personally was all for reporters leaving, then I would have had an exclusive). But in the end, the media
won; Nixon gave in and seemed to try to ease the tension by joking that he had complied and left his Blackberry
Lieb even wrote a news story about it today. You can read the story here. Thoughts?
UPDATE: Several media outlets are saying reporters were ready to boycott the press conference if they had to
give up their phones. Take me out of that pool: I had no intention of leaving the news conference.

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Constitution Party opposes Nixon’s
choice for MoEcoDevo, calls her pro-
By Jo Mannies
Special to the Post-Dispatch

The Missouri Constitution Party sent out a statement tonight announcing that it opposes the appointment of
Linda Martinez by new Gov. Jay Nixon as director of the Missouri Economic Development Department.
“While working pro bono for the Bryan Cave Law Firm, Ms Martinez led the fight to repeal duly passed city
ordinances in Valley Park…put in place in 2006 to stem the tide of illegal immigrants in the small town,” the
Constitution Party said in a statement.
“The ordinances included penalties for any Valley Park business that hired, or any landlord renting to illegal
aliens. Ms Martinez coordinated and spearheaded a group of more than twenty lawyers from organizations that
included the ACLU, the St. Louis University School of Law, and the Washington University School of Law.”
The Constitution Party believes that her involvement in the case disqualifies Ms Martinez for the position for the
following reasons:
–”In leading the opposition against the Valley Park ordinances, Ms Martinez has demonstrated a commitment to
supporting illegal immigration over supporting the rule of law.
“Last year, the Missouri legislature passed by an overwhelming majority laws which prohibit employers from
hiring illegal aliens. The Constitution Party believes that Ms Martinez’s involvement with the Valley Park case
indicates a potential conflict between her stand for illegals and her duties to work within the laws as a state-
appointed official.
“As the Director of the Missouri Economic Development Department is directly involved with the Show-Me Jobs
program, the Constitution Party believes that Ms Martinez’s appointment will dampen the enthusiasm for and
confidence in the program. This would result in loss of commerce and jobs in the state.”
“The Constitution Party calls for the Missouri State Senate to reject the appointment of Ms Martinez, and for
Governor Nixon to make a more appropriate choice for the position.

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Nixon: 'We have to get to work'
ST. JOSEPH NEWS-PRESS - by Alyson E. Raletz
Wednesday, January 14, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Gov. Jay Nixon chased his inaugural celebration with a crack at jump-starting
Missouri’s economy Tuesday.
The Democrat called on the Missouri Department of Economic Development to work with the Missouri
Development Finance Board to pool a group of funds specifically for low-interest and no-interest loans for small
In signing his first set of executive orders, he also created the Missouri Automotive Jobs Task Force and the
Economic Stimulus Coordination Council.
“We have 200,000 Missourians unemployed. We have to get to work,” Mr. Nixon said during a news conference.
The Missouri Development Finance Board operates independently with Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder as its
chairman. If the board agrees to pool the funds, Mr. Nixon said the roughly $2 million would generate up to 80
loans of $25,000 for small business owners.
Asked if the amount was enough, Mr. Nixon replied, “That’s what we’ve got ... It’s certainly not the end.”
The availability of capital is crucial to the small business owner’s ability to hire employees, said a St. Joseph jobs
advocate who traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to discuss the topic.
St. Joseph Area Chamber of Commerce President Ted Allison, who was scheduled to testify this morning before
the House Small Business Committee, said small businesses employ more engineers and scientists than big
businesses and universities. He said the state and federal government need to realign their priorities
“You’re just going to get more traction that way,” said Mr. Allison, who was relieved to hear of the governor’s
Economic Stimulus Coordination Council.
The 15-member council is charged with finding ways to maximize Missouri’s stake in any federal stimulus
package by Feb. 27. Also, the 12-member automotive task force is supposed to recommend legislation and
policy that would help boost automotive jobs in the state and report back within 90 days.
“Today we are putting the framework in place to turn this economy around, but this is just the beginning of the
process,” Mr. Nixon said.
Next up, Senate President Pro Tem Charlie Shields, R-St. Joseph, said the Senate will work to confirm Linda
Martinez, who Mr. Nixon designated as his director of the Department of Economic Development. Mr. Shields
said he didn’t expect any major opposition among Senate Republicans, and that moving her into the position
quickly was important for the state.
Then, he said lawmakers, with the governor’s support, will work on legislation that lifts or raises the cap on the
Missouri Quality Jobs program, which offers tax credits to employers who meet certain quality-of-life thresholds.

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Black Heritage District development team grows
The Kansas City Star
A consulting team that includes a national expert on promoting green jobs in urban neighborhoods has been
chosen to assist the Black Heritage District Economic Development Plan.
Majora Carter, an activist and environmentalist who founded the Sustainable South Bronx program in New
York, is part of the team assembled by BNIM Architects. It was one of a dozen groups responding to a city
request to help an economic development initiative for a large area of Kansas City, bound by Troost and
Prospect avenues, from Ninth to 29th streets.
The development proposal also includes a proposed sales tax moratorium expected to be considered again this
year by the Missouri General Assembly.
“If we start to reveal the facts about more purchasing power and the economic opportunity is stronger than
anyone believes, maybe we can break the pattern of not having a lot of economic development in the area,” said
Steve McDowell of BNIM.
The BNIM application still must be approved by the Kansas City Council, but the group was the only
respondent chosen to negotiate a professional services contract with the city. Funding for the $175,000 contract
is coming from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The consultant is being asked to
perform an inventory of the district’s current assets including housing and commercial activity, assess
development opportunities and come up with an implementation plan that includes ideas from other cities around
the country.
“We want to increase the number of businesses in that area and increase the population,” said Kansas City
Councilwoman Sharon Sanders Brooks. “We want to retain the small businesses we have and let new
businesses know this is an economically viable area.”
The consultant’s recommendation is part of an overall redevelopment strategy that includes seeking a sales tax
moratorium in the area defined as the Black Heritage District. The sales tax proposal has the backing of city and
Jackson County officials, but faces an uncertain future in Jefferson City.
While the Missouri House gave it preliminary approval last session, it was not advanced out of committee in the
Senate. The Senate staff thinks the proposal would require an amendment to the Missouri Constitution, said
Greg Williams, an adviser to City Manager Wayne Cauthen.
“We believe we can draft it without a constitutional amendment, but the Senate staff believes it does,” Williams
said. “We disagree, but it’s a big challenge.”
McDowell said his team hopes to build on the findings of the “DrillDown” study last year by the University of
Missouri-Kansas City and Social Compact, a national nonprofit working to boost depressed urban
neighborhoods. That report suggested the population and economic clout of inner-city neighborhoods was
greater than calculated by the U.S. Census Bureau and other sources.
Carter has a reputation for pursuing sustainable developments in urban neighborhoods that are environmentally
friendly. She received a Mac- Arthur grant, the so-called “genius grant,” in 2005.
“Working in partnership with local government, businesses, and neighborhood organizations, she creates new
opportunities for transportation, fitness and recreation, nutrition, and economic development,” according to her
Mac- Arthur citation.
McDowell said the team will have up to seven months to return with its recommendations once the contract is

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A. Marie Young, executive director of the Black Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City, said
supporters hope the consultants come back with recommendations that respect the character of the
neighborhood, which includes such landmarks as the 18th and Vine Historic Jazz District.
“We want to keep the district intact and not bring in big-box developments, but retain the character of the area,”
she said.
Although the area being targeted already has been the responsibility of several public and private development
agencies over the years, Young said a fresh approach is needed.
“If we continue to do what we always do, you’ll continue to get the same result,” she said.

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AmerenUE expansion focus of Senate
January 13, 2009 | 7:54 p.m. CST
JEFFERSON CITY — AmerenUE's effort to build a second nuclear plant was one of the first topics presented in
a series of seminars for Missouri's senators.
Senators were urged by Ameren's representative to repeal a voter-approved law that bans the increase of utility
rates to pay for the construction of plants before consumers receive the energy.
The seminar is one of several put on by the Senate President Pro-Temp Charlie Shields, R-St. Joseph. The
seminars are designed to give the senators a chance to gain a comprehensive view of the energy policy that is
up for debate this legislative session. While time ran out before all the senators could ask their questions,
meetings with energy lobbyists continued after the seminar in the offices of many senators.
"It was a really good opportunity to get together to have a discussion of an issue without a bill in front of us with
specifics where you'd have to worry about language, but more where we're talking in terms of ideas," said Sen.
Joan Bray, D-St. Louis County.
Bray is against repealing the law.
"This was a statute that was passed by the people of Missouri, who given a chance to vote on it again, I think
they would ratify it again," Bray said. "And I don't see the justification in asking the customers to take on the risk
of the private corporation in a way that the financial industry — the huge financial of this country and the world —
aren't willing to share the risk."
AARP and the consumer protection groups represented by John Coffman are trying to keep the statute in place
or have a modified one in its place to ensure the rates of consumers do not increase drastically.
"The consumers in Missouri have benefited from the power producers here being an exporter of energy," said
Sen. Brad Lager, R-Maryville. "Meaning, up until this point, our power companies have been able to generate
more energy than they've used, and as a result, they've been able to take the extra capacity and sell it off at a
pretty decent premium. And as a result, they've been able to use those profits to buy down the rates for
consumers here."
Wind and solar power advocates are looking to put energy efficiency and green energy on the agenda for the
coming legislative session.
The Kansas City Power & Light Co. and the Peabody Coal Co. also tried to play up the importance of their
respective energy sources in the scheme of energy policy.
Lager is among those who said any policy for energy in Missouri can't focus on just one source but must be
realistic since coal dominates Missouri's energy sources. He said his goal concerning this topic is to keep
Missouri as an energy exporter so that rates can remain low.
"We have to understand that the vast majority of the energy production in the state of Missouri is coal
technology, and I believe it will continue to be coal technology," Lager said. "What we need to make sure is that
we put proper and responsible public policy in place that ensures that our utility providers utilize clean coal
technology ... while at the same time understand that nuclear power is clearly the most cost-efficient and cost-
effective way."

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He continued to point out that while coal and nuclear power will generate the majority of Missouri's energy, it
does have the capabilities to take advantage of wind and solar power. Lager's district in particular has nearly all
the wind farms in Missouri located within its boundaries.
Many of the groups gave their energy policy a job creation spin. The creation of plants and other facilities would
provide initial construction jobs and long-term energy jobs.
"To present it as a jobs package is, I think, a little misleading," Bray said. "It's going to be a bunch of construction
jobs, but meanwhile, those folks who are doing the construction are going to pay a lot higher utility rates."
The seminar focused on the broad issue of energy, allowing senators not previously versed on the issue to get a
better grasp but prevented a more comprehensive and detailed discussion.
"I'm not sure there was enough time to get a really good discussion going," Bray said. "And I'm not sure how you
do that necessarily. Energy's a big topic. So maybe we need to focus more on narrowing the topic more."
Both Bray and Lager serve on the Senate Commerce, Energy & the Environment committee, in which the issues
brought forth by the lobbyists and senators will be debated further.

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Robert Clayton named head of Public
Service Commission
By Christopher Ave
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Jeff Davis is out as chairman of the Missouri Public Service Commission and Robert Clayton is in.
Gov. Jay Nixon announced Clayton’s appointment today as head of the agency that regulates utilities and sets
rates for power companies.
Davis, a Republican, is a strongly pro-business lawyer, political operative and chief of staff to then-Senate Pro
Tem Peter Kinder, now the lieutenant governor. Davis draws criticism from consumer groups for working with
utilities executives and legislators to pass measures backed by the same companies his commission regulates.
Clayton, a Democrat, is an attorney from Hannibal, who served four terms as a state representative before Gov.
Bob Holden named him to the PSC on May 8, 2003. Consumer advocates like him.
“The role of the commission is to protect the interests of the consumer, and I think he realizes that,” said Lewis
Mills. Mills heads the Office of the Public Counsel, the state agency that represents ratepayers in utility cases.
Mills praised Clayton’s opinions in rate cases, while noting that they are mostly minority opinions. That’s because
the commission generally votes 3-2, along party lines. There are currently three Republican commissioners and
two Democrats.
That won’t change until the governor names a new commissioner.
His first chance could come in April when the six-year terms of Clayton and Commissioner Connie Murray
expire. Davis’ terms runs until April of 2010.
That means the current commissioners will decide AmerenUE’s pending rate increase request. AmernUE
originally sought $250 million in annual rate hikes, but reduced that to $188 million during recent hearings.
The staff of the commission is recommending limiting the rate hike to $60 million, while the public counsel wants
to trim it to $50 million. The five PSC commissioners are expected to vote by early March.
In the meantime, Nixon named Clayton as chairman, although he has yet to say whether he will reappoint him
when Clayton’s six-year term expires at the end of April.
In a statement, Nixon said Clayton has already demonstrated his ability to examine and evaluate utility rate
requests “to ensure that they are fair and reasonable, and then to act accordingly. I am confident that Chairman
Clayton will continue to strike that balance in this new position.”

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Senator Crowell address the nuclear
800-pound gorilla
By Tony Messenger
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Near the end of a two-hour long Senate seminar on energy issues that was attended by most of the Missouri
Senate, Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, cut through the Power Point presentations and fanciful
language of lobbyists and got to the point.
“The 800-pound gorilla in the room is ‘What is your proposal going to be?’” Crowell asked a representative of
investor-owned utility Ameren. As he had during his presentation, Matthew Forck danced around the gorilla,
rather than with it.
“I heard your comments,” Forck told Crowell. “Thank you.”
Despite Forck’s continued insistence that Ameren hasn’t decided whether to seek new nuclear plant, everybody
in the Senate hearing room today — the senators, the lobbyists and the press — knew what the gorilla is.
Ameren is seeking to remove a barrier in state law that will allow it to increase rates while it is building a $6
billion nuclear power plant. Ameren is telling lawmakers that without a change to the law, it won’t get financing.
Speaker of the House Ron Richard addressed the issue in his opening statement. Gov. Jay Nixon has
addressed the issue. Senators have spoken to Ameren’s lobbyists and know what the issues are. But at the
seminar designed to educate senators on the issue, Ameren danced around the issue, as Crowell pointed out.
Crowell said he wants to see two things out of the bill that everybody expects to be filed: He wants protections so
Ameren has to keep costs under control. And he wants to see the benefit of the new property taxes go to school
districts other than just the Callaway County school district that surrounds the nuclear facility.
There is widespread support among Democrats and Republicans for passage of the bill — once Ameren decides
it’s ready to address the gorilla.

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Forsee asks for more spending
Rachel Lippmann, KWMU

ST. LOUIS, MO (2009-01-13) University of Missouri's president is asking all four schools in the system to tighten
their belts a little more.
In a memo to campus chancellors Tuesday, President Gary Forsee asks officials in Columbia, Kansas City,
Rolla and St. Louis to cut back on travel, overtime, mid-year promotions or raises, and a number of other
areas.It's a pre-emptive move against possible reductions in state funding for this year.
Bob Samples is the spokesman for the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
"Everything that the president outlined is intended to lessen the impact on students. I mean, there are no talks of
reducing the activities related to students," he said.
Samples says there's no way of knowing if the new changes, plus a previously announced hiring freeze, will be
enough to prevent layoffs until final budget numbers are available. All state colleges and universities have been
asked to outline what would happen if state funding was cut by as much as 25 percent.

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Bridge project in St. Louis progresses
despite cash issues
By Elisa Crouch

The dismal economy and budget shortfalls aren't slowing work on a new Mississippi River bridge, a $640 million
project that is supposed to be under construction next year.
Transportation officials in Missouri and Illinois say the bridge's future is secure even though Illinois hasn't set
aside all the money needed to build it. Missouri has secured $88 million, its part of the financing.
Illinois is still $49 million short of what it needs to build the four-lane, cable-stayed crossing, which will resemble
the Clark Bridge in Alton. The money was included in the state's capital plan debated by legislators last year but
never approved. An additional $177 million in the capital plan would pay for bridge-related ramps and
interchanges, such as relocating a section of Illinois Route 3.
If the capital plan continues to languish, the Illinois Department of Transportation will pay for the bridge with
money from its multiyear plan, said Mary Lamie, the department's Region 5 engineer in Collinsville. The related
ramps and interchanges, however, would be put on hold.
"You've got to set priorities," she said. "There's no point in building an interchange to the river bridge if there's no
river bridge."
The Mississippi River bridge project remains the largest transportation project on the horizon for the St. Louis
area. Since last spring, a total of about 50 engineers and federal and state transportation officials have been
working on designs and other aspects of the project from inside an office at Laclede's Landing.
By late summer, the project design should be complete. The states then will start looking for the lowest-bidding
contractor to build it.
Illinois officials have assured their Missouri counterparts that they're committed to the project despite ongoing
budget problems. Illinois is responsible for most of the expense — $313 million — because of the complex
system of ramps east of the river. Missouri's share is $88 million. The rest of the money — $239 million —
comes from federal money Congress approved in 2005.
Illinois is moving ahead with its share of the engineering work.
"They're spending a lot of money designing and buying right of way," said Greg Horn, project director for the
Missouri Department of Transportation. "If they had any reservations, they wouldn't be doing that."
The bridge project wouldn't qualify for an emergency stimulus package being considered in Washington. The
stimulus bill would only cover infrastructure projects that start construction within 180 days of the bill's passage.
In February 2008, governors of both states signed an agreement to build the four-lane crossing. Once ground is
broken, construction is expected to take four to six years. State and federal money will cover the costs — not
tolls, as Missouri leaders proposed at one time.
Once open, the crossing would carry an estimated 40,000 vehicles a day, relieving the congested Poplar Street
Bridge of Interstate 70 traffic. The bridge site is north of the Edward Jones Dome on the St. Louis side and near
Brooklyn on the Illinois side.
The two states are working together to hire consultants and approve design plans. Missouri is the lead in the
project, with Illinois signing off on all major decisions.

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The future bridge is important for regional traffic flow and economic development, said Susan Stauder, vice
president of infrastructure and public policy for the St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association.
The bridge would improve safety and traffic flow issues on the Poplar Street Bridge, she said. Indicators suggest
truck traffic will continue to rise in the region.
"It's going to make that a better situation," Stauder said.

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Cunningham seeks to protect bovine
class from wind energy
By Tony Messenger
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

One thing about Chesterfield Republican Jane Cunningham: She believes what she believes and she is always
good for a news story.
As a House member, Cunningham was known for her staunch moral views. She was criticized last year, for
instance, for kicking two young people out of her office because of the way they were dressed. The young ladies
were in the Capitol to lobby about gay and lesbian equality issues. And Cunningham brought comedian Ben
Stein to the Capitol for a memorable news conference last year about liberal university professors punishing
students with a conservative bent.
Now a state senator, Cunningham today had some questions for the representative of Wind Capital, a company
that is pushing wind energy in Missouri. Cunningham told Robert Gardner that a wind project was turned down
near Chesterfield because of what’s called the “flicker effect.”
Basically, Cunningham said, when the huge windmills turn, the sun shines through them and creates a strobe
light effect that can cause headaches among humans and, um, cows.
Gardner said the flicker effect is legitimate as it relates to humans, and it’s why wind farms are built in rural
areas, and not places like, well, Chesterfield. As for the cows?
“The flicker effect on animals is anecdotal,” Gardner said. He appeared to be fighting back a chuckle, as did a
senator or two. “You can read all kinds of things on Web sites.”
As for wind energy, Gardner told senators he’d like to see legislation that expanded on November’s passage of
Proposition C, which requires investor owned utilities to increase their use of renewable energy, specifically wind
and solar power. Gardner, whose company was founded by Tom Carnahan of the Democrat political family, said
he’d like lawmakers to require those utilities to have to purchase wind power from Missouri sources.

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Schlozman broke law over Justice hiring
policies, report says
The Kansas City Star
A newly released report accuses former Justice Department official Bradley Schlozman of breaking the law when
he sought to exclude lawyers he called “crazy libs” from career jobs with the department.
Schlozman — who served one year in Kansas City as the interim U.S. attorney for the Western District of
Missouri — then lied to Congress about his behavior, according to the Justice Department’s Office of the
Inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility.
The report’s findings and conclusions are sharply critical of Schlozman’s tenure at the Civil Rights Division in
Washington from 2003 through 2006. According to the report, he once told a colleague he enjoyed “b----
slapping” lawyers he thought were too liberal.
“If criminal prosecution is declined … we believe that his violations … and his subsequent false statements to
Congress render him unsuitable for federal service,” investigators wrote.
Schlozman, now in private practice in Wichita, declined comment. But his attorney, Bill Jordan, said Tuesday
that his client won’t face criminal charges.
Jordan also denounced the report’s conclusions, calling them “inaccurate, incomplete, biased, unsupported by
the law, and contrary to the facts … hiring individuals who have a conservative view of the law … is not
Justice Department investigators finished their report in July, but withheld its release until the criminal inquiry
The report is the latest in a series of examinations of the Justice Department’s practices after accusations that
the Bush administration “politicized” the department.
Those accusations eventually led to the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
The report said Schlozman routinely sought, primarily as a deputy assistant attorney general, to rid the
department’s Civil Rights Division of lawyers he considered too liberal. Instead, Schlozman wanted what he
called “right-thinking Americans” — his term for conservatives — to work in their place.
“I just want to make sure we don’t start confining ourselves to, you know, Politburo members because they
happen to be a member of some, you know, psychopathic left-wing organization designed to overthrow the
government,” he said in one voice mail.
In 2003, the report noted, Schlozman e-mailed a plan to “gerrymander all those crazy libs right out of the
section,” referring to lawyers in the Voting Rights section as “mold spores.”
After moving to Kansas City in 2006, Schlozman e-mailed a friend: “It has been some months since I felt the
need to scream with a blood-curdling cry at some commie, partisan subordinate … b----slapping a bunch of
(division) attorneys really did get the blood pumping and was even enjoyable once in a while.”
Using political views to screen candidates can violate federal civil service rules and Justice Department policy for
career hires, according to the report. Investigators suggested there also was evidence that justified charging
Schlozman with lying to Congress — evidence they sent to prosecutors in 2008.
Jordan, however, said he received a letter from authorities last week declining prosecution.

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“The U.S. attorney’s office conducted a thorough and complete review and declined to move forward,” he said,
adding that Schlozman, an Overland Park native, was pleased to be “exonerated” after passing a polygraph test
and providing evidence that he hired and promoted liberal Democrats.
In response to the report, Democrats and former colleagues at the Civil Rights Division denounced Schlozman’s
“He did a lot of damage,” said Joseph Rich, a chief of the Voting Rights section under Schlozman. “This shows
how bad it really was, frankly.”
Lawmakers such as Sen. Pat Leahy, a Vermont Democrat and chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said
Schlozman’s “actions … undermine the very mission of the department’s Civil Rights Division, which is charged
with enforcing federal law prohibiting discrimination.”
The 65-page report also criticized Schlozman’s supervisors in Washington for not reacting more quickly to his e-
mails and hiring policies.
From 2003 to 2006, investigators concluded, Schlozman hired 63 “Republican or conservative” lawyers for the
Civil Rights Division (out of 99 total hires), while only four of 13 non-Schlozman hires fit that category.
The report also disclosed that Schlozman once was forced to apologize for a 2004 incident in which he
forwarded an e-mail in which a colleague said he liked his coffee “Mary Frances Berry style — black and bitter.”
Berry, an African-American, once was chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
Investigators also examined Schlozman’s claim, in his Senate testimony, that he had not considered political
affiliation for openings in the U.S. attorney’s office in Kansas City. The report determined that, while true, it was
potentially “misleading.”
Schlozman came to the U.S. attorney’s office in Kansas City in March of 2006 as an interim appointment. He
followed former U.S. Attorney Todd Graves, who later admitted he had been forced out of office.
Last year, investigators concluded Graves’ ouster resulted from a feud between the office of his brother, Rep.
Sam Graves, and staffers for Sen. Kit Bond, a Missouri Republican.
Democrats argued Todd Graves was removed to make way for Schlozman, who was involved in a decision to
sue Missouri for alleged voter registration irregularities while he served in Washington, a lawsuit they thought
could suppress turnout.
The report, however, provided no evidence confirming that allegation.
While in Kansas City, Schlozman announced voter registration fraud charges against several workers for the
Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now just days before the 2006 election.
Schlozman left in 2007 and returned to Washington, where he worked briefly before moving to Wichita.
Meanwhile, congressional Democrats said they planned to continue to press for information related to the firing
of U.S. attorneys.

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'Gerrymander all of those crazy libs
right out'
Former U.S. attorney from region gets unflattering mentions in new report
Tuesday, January 13, 2009

When a scandal arose a couple of years ago about the U.S. Justice Department hiring career attorneys based
on their political allegiances, some saw little surprising in the ideological discrimination, professional
irresponsibility and general immaturity evident in the revelations. A report released Tuesday also shows this area
of Missouri to be a breeding ground for the mischief.
In March 2006, Bradley J. Schlozman, a 35-year-old Overland Park, Kan., native, took over as interim U.S.
attorney for the Western District of Missouri. He came to Kansas City from his post as principal deputy assistant
attorney general for the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.
He succeeded Todd Graves, a native Northwest Missourian who, as facts unraveled, had been forced from his
successful stint as a federal prosecutor by the sort of political shenanigans that Mr. Schlozman and others
embraced as Justice Department policy.
Tuesday's report, based on Justice Department research and entitled "An Investigation of Allegations of
Politicized Hiring and Other Improper Personnel Actions in the Civil Rights Division," mentions Mr. Schlozman's
name more than 600 times in its 70 pages. It also included some of his relevant emails.
There in the Civil Rights Division, where fairness might by nature have had greater sway, Mr. Schlozman sent an
email in 2003 that read, "My tentative plans are to gerrymander all of those crazy libs right out of the section.”
Another email, one sent after he assumed the Kansas City job, read:
"It has been months since I felt the need to scream with a blood-curdling cry at some commie, partisan
subordinate (i.e., most of the [Voting] section staff until recently). And I feel like the people I now work with are all
complete professionals. What a weird change. Granted, these changes are nice in many respects, but
bitchslapping a bunch of [Division] attorneys really did get the blood pumping and was even enjoyable once in a
while. I think now it’s all Good Cop for folks there. I much preferred the role of Bad Cop. . . . But perhaps the
Division will name an award for me or something. How about the Brad Schlozman Award for Most Effectively
Breaking the Will of Liberal Partisan Bureaucrats. I would be happy to come back for the awards ceremony."
In testifying before Congress, there was this exchange with Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York.
Senator Schumer: Did you ever consider political affiliation or ideology [in hiring while you were a U.S. Attorney]?
Mr. Schlozman: I did not.
Mr. Schlozman served as interim U.S. attorney in Kansas City until March 2007. He worked in the Justice
Department until August of that year.
A national directory of attorneys now shows him employed with a Wichita law firm. The directory mentions his
various clerkships but nothing of his service with the Justice Department.
Click here to read the report.

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Social Security moves back deadline to
change school employees' contributions
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
By Rudi Keller
Southeast Missourian
School district employees who faced a big increase in their retirement contributions will get at least a temporary
reprieve, the Social Security Administration has decided.
In a letter sent last week to Sen. Claire McCaskill, David Rust, deputy commissioner of Social Security for
Retirement and Disability Policy, said a July 1 deadline for deciding which school employees should be paying
Social Security taxes has been set aside. Rust also said any changes imposed on school employees would
apply only to future earnings and no attempt would be made to impose retroactive taxes.
That decision is good news both for employees and school districts, said Dr. Jim Welker, superintendent of the
Cape Girardeau School District. "It is a relief, at least for right now," he said.
In November, McCaskill and most other members of the Missouri Congressional delegation protested a planned
move by Social Security to begin collecting payroll taxes from some school employees who are also enrolled in
the Missouri Public School Retirement System.
While the Social Security Administration had not yet determined which employees must pay the tax, the state
Office of Administration issued a letter in October listing the positions of teacher, substitute teacher, supervisor,
principal, librarian, nurse, superintendent and assistant superintendents as exempt.
That meant counselors, teacher's aides, bus drivers and some others were likely to begin paying 6.2 percent of
their pay into the Social Security system along with a 9 percent contribution to the state retirement plan.
Employees who remain enrolled only in the retirement system pay 13.5 percent of their salary into the state-
provided retirement plan.
Districts must match employee contributions, whether to the school retirement system or to Social Security.
In the letter, Rust said Social Security is working with the state to create the precise list of employees who must
pay the tax. He said Social Security must resolve the issue by July 1, 2010.
"To us, that is a win," said Leila Medley, political director of the Missouri National Education Association, a
teachers organization. "July 2009 was looming, there were rumors of who would pay and who wasn't and what
kind of penalties would be imposed. Everybody was running scared."
The key question facing the state and Social Security is the interpretation of how federal and state law interact,
Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, said in a news release. The Missouri Legislature expanded the list of
school district employees who benefit from the retirement system in 1984, ending their contributions to the Social
Security system. But Social Security has determined that those changes were not retroactive and that only
employees exempt from Social Security taxes before the law change remain exempt.
It is not enough to delay implementation of the taxes, Crowell said. "We still need to remain vigilant and work to
get this decision totally reversed."
The issue must be settled, Rust said. "We first would like to emphasize that there has not been a change in the
federal interpretation of the coverage laws," Rust wrote to McCaskill. "The issues we now face resulted instead
from a misunderstanding of the absolute coverage agreement and the complexities of the varied positions in the
numerous school districts."

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EPA pushes state to create stricter
bacteria limits for streams
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 | 5:00 p.m. CST
COLUMBIA — The Environmental Protection Agency is prodding the state of Missouri to impose a stricter E. coli
bacteria limit for 20,000 miles of water where people swim.
The current limit for these streams is more than twice the level the EPA recommends to protect public health.
These streams are classified for "whole body contact," or swimming, but the state says they are infrequently
used. In some cases this is because they lack a year-round flow.
The new limit brings the level of E. coli bacteria allowed in these streams down to 206 colony-forming units per
100 milliliters of water. This level has the EPA stamp of approval and decreases the risk that someone might get
sick from swimming. With this limit, the odds of a swimmer getting sick are 1 in 100, state Water Quality
Monitoring and Assessment Chief Phil Schroeder said.
Robert Lerch, a soil scientist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said the new limit sounds stringent,
considering some of these streams might not exist year-round.
"That is a pretty reasonable standard. It's pretty protective," Lerch said.
The new limit represents a balancing act between protecting public health and minimizing the cost to sewer
Because of the new limit, 70 public wastewater treatment plants may have to disinfect what they discharge into
streams. Schroeder estimates this will cost wastewater treatment plants in Missouri about $8.5 million to install
disinfection systems and $4.7 million yearly to operate them. Dischargers would have up to three years to
comply with new limits.
Tom Ratermann of Boone County Regional Sewer District said he doesn’t think the new limit will affect the
district’s operations, because the district is already planning for major upgrades.
Funded by a $21 million bond issue approved by voters in April, the district plans to close about 25 treatment
facilities, consolidate operations and add disinfection equipment to five facilities. The disinfection equipment
costs about $2 million. The construction needs to be complete by Dec. 31, 2013.
“I think our plan is still sound,” Ratermann said.
John Ford of the Natural Resources Department said the new limit means the state’s 2008 list of impaired waters
will see some changes. The list, which must be submitted to the EPA every two years, was drawn up using the
old limit. A first draft of it was circulated in September. Ford said he hopes a revised version of the list that takes
into account the new limit will be before the state's Clean Water Commission in March.
The state has been overhauling its water quality standards for the past three years. Last year it made changes to
which streams it classified for whole body contact, making them subject to the stricter regulations. The new limit
is another step in this process.
"The EPA has been after the state really for the past 30 years, since the Clean Water Act," Lerch said. "We are
one of the last states to develop more rigorous whole body contact standards."
The state has also moved to a system of water quality standards based on the amount of E. coli bacteria in the
water, not fecal coliforms. According to the EPA Web site, E. coli is a better indicator of pathogens that can
make people sick, but some states still judge water quality by measuring fecal coliforms.

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In Missouri, water quality standards dictate E. coli limits for the stream. But for now, sewage permits specify fecal
coliform limits. Rattermann said he's concerned about changing the permit specifications from fecal coliform to E.
“The big question for wastewater operators is how will our current and proposed equipment perform to achieve
an E. coli standard?” Ratermann said.
Ratermann said there is more data on how equipment can reduce fecal coliform amounts in discharge rather
than E. coli.
“Measuring E. coli requires more complex lab equipment. It becomes a bit of a capacity problem," Ratermann
said. "At the sewer district, we've been outsourcing some of the lab work, and there aren't many labs in mid-
Missouri that perform testing for E. coli."

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Missouri Supreme Court strikes down
home health-care law
The Associated Press
JEFFERSON CITY | A state law regarding home health care discriminates against some people with mental
disabilities by denying them coverage, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.
The decision invalidates a 2005 change in state law that prohibited participation in a personal care program by
people who have a legal limit on their ability to make decisions, such as through the appointment of a guardian.
Barbara Bechtel of Valley Park had been paid through the state program to provide personal care for her adult
daughter, Andrea Bechtel, who has physical and mental disabilities requiring the use of a wheelchair and help
with daily activities.
But the Bechtels were dropped from the personal care program as a result of the 2005 law, which also
eliminated or reduced Medicaid health-care benefits for thousands of low-income adults.
In a unanimous decision written by Judge Richard Teitelman, the Supreme Court said the 2005 personal
attendant law discriminates against people with disabilities by providing help to people with physical limitations
but excluding those who have guardians because of mental limitations.
The court cited the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits public entities from denying benefits
or program participation to people because of their disabilities.
After the Bechtels were booted from Missouri’s personal attendant program, Andrea Bechtel was enrolled for a
while in a Medicaid program that provides in-home care. But that program prohibits family members from
providing the paid care and covers only medically related services, not necessarily including housekeeping and
daily living aid.
Andrea Bechtel subsequently also lost eligibility for the Medicaid program because of her income levels, said
Anthony Rothert, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri, which represented her
in the court case.
Since then, her mother has continued to care for her, but the time commitment has prohibited her from holding
another job, Rothert said.
“Really some of the neediest and most vulnerable people were kicked off the program and deprived of the
services they needed,” Rothert said. “That’s why I’m glad the federal anti-discrimination laws are there, so the
more vulnerable don’t get left out because of cost-cutting.”
Rothert said he knows of other individuals who also have been excluded from the program because they have
guardians. But it was unclear Tuesday how many people could be affected by the court ruling.
The Missouri Department of Social Services, which administers the program had no immediate comment.

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Court: State miscalculated pensions for
the blind
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
ST. LOUIS (AP) A state appeals court ruling could give a big financial boost to 3,000 blind Missourians.
A lawsuit filed by the Missouri Council of the Blind and seven blind people claimed the state used millions of
dollars from the Blind Pension Fund to pay for unauthorized, unrelated expenses.
The Missouri Court of Appeals ruling on Tuesday sends the case back to Cole County Circuit Court to consider
back benefits that are owed to the blind.
An estimated 70 percent of blind Missourians are unemployed. If they don't get any other aid, they get a monthly
pension of $609 from the state. An attorney for the council believes they should be getting about $1,000 per
A phone message left with the Missouri Department of Social Services was not returned

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EDITORIALS … & Letters to the Editor
Must-pass legislation
By HENRY J. WATERS III, Publisher, Columbia Daily Tribune
Published Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Back in 1976, when fears about nuclear power generation were rampant, costs of plant construction were lower
and no new construction project was imminent, Missouri voters approved a state law banning the use of utility
rate proceeds for costs of power plant construction before customers actually were receiving electricity.
Now conditions have changed, and problems with this law are obvious. The Missouri General Assembly should
repeal it.
The issue comes to a head as AmerenUE files paperwork with federal officials to build a second reactor at the
site of its Callaway Nuclear Plant. Nuclear power now receives growing support as an alternative to fossil fuel. At
$6 billion or more, Callaway 2 would be the largest construction project in the history of Missouri. Once in
operation, the plant would employ many well-paid people and pay large amounts of state taxes. In the years
since Callaway was built, nuclear power has achieved an enviable record for safety and efficient production.
But Missouri’s outdated Construction Work In Progress (CWIP) law stands in the way. Today’s capital cost for
building a plant like Callaway are too large and the time needed for construction too lengthy to underwrite
without rate increases along the way.
Critics say customers should not be required to pay higher rates until they actually receive benefits in the form of
electricity, but on this basis many public improvements would be impossible or more expensive. We routinely
underwrite investments in public utilities, roads, schools and other amenities before they are fully operational.
That Callaway 2 happens to be a private project should not make a difference.
Allowing modest rate increases to fund work in progress would mitigate higher rates later. Even if Ameren could
borrow enough money, huge deferred carrying costs would add greatly to the ultimate rates customers would
have to pay, but in reality utilities can’t borrow such large amounts with no revenue to start repaying for so many
The general public welfare clearly would be served by allowing rate increases to pay for construction work in
progress. Private utility regulation in Missouri is among the most demanding in the nation, standing ready to
monitor legitimate rate increases to cover these costs.
Other nations make much better use of nuclear power, reducing dependence on oil. Reprocessing greatly
reduces the amount of radioactive waste to store, easily handled in France, for instance. In this country, we
finally are engaged in a valuable discussion about expanding the use of nuclear power. In Missouri, it’s idle talk
unless we repeal our CWIP restriction.

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Nixon signs executive orders to stimulate state's economy
Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 2:55 PM
By Steve Walsh

On his first full day in office, Governor Jay Nixon (D-MO) has signed three executive orders aimed at helping to
turn around the state's economy.
The first creates the Missouri Automotive Jobs Task Force, a group of 12 people to be appointed by the
Governor to come up with ideas for creating and helping to jobs in the automotive industry and industries that
depend on vehicle production. As part of its duties the task force will identify current state economic policies that
help or hinder the development of high-tech automobile production facilities.
The second makes Missouri well-positioned to take advantage of all that is offered by the federal stimulus
package. It does so by creating the 15-member Governor's Economic Stimulus Coordination Council to
coordinate job creation activities with the Missouri Congressional delegation and the White House,
The third directs the Missouri Department of Economic Development to work with the Missouri Development
Finance Board to create a pool of funds for low-interest and no-interest direct loans for small businesses. Nixon
believes that with $2 million, the fund would be enough to provide 80 loans of $25,000 each to young small-
business owners to help turn things around.

The future of power in Missouri and who pays for it
Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 10:01 PM
By Bob Priddy

A consumer advocate cautions state senators against throwing out a 30-year old law keeping utilities from
charging customers for a new power plant until it goes into operation. Senators have been briefed on future
energy issues facing Missouri and possible that will need to be passed to deal with them.
Ameren-UE's possible plans to build a second nuclear power plant in Callaway County is not the only issue but
it's the biggest single issue in the discussions. Ameren says it cannot afford to build the plant if the Construction
Work in Progress provision remains on the state law books. But spokesman John Coffman for the Consumer
Council of Missouri urges state senators to tread carefully in thinking about repeal or modification of it. He says,
"That statute, in my opinion, has saved Missouri consumers hundreds of millions of dollars a year...I think that
statute has served Missouri well."
He also calls it is a strong deterrent against cost overruns or overbuilding by utility companies. Ameren says the
the inability to have customers help pay construction costs of the first plant meant higher bills once it went on
line, a situation that will be repeated with Callaway Two, assuming Ameren can afford to build it under the
present law.

Missouri House leaders hope to avoid withholdings
Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 10:00 PM
By Brent Martin

It hasn't taken long for a state budget balance to turn into a $300-to-400 million shortfall. House leadership
hopes the state can get through the current fiscal year without resorting to withholdings.
The economic downturn has crippled state revenues, imperiling the current budget.

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House Budget Committee Chairman Allen Icet (R-Wildwood) says he hopes Governor Nixon will work with both
him and the Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman, Gary Nodler (R-Joplin), to settle on withholdings, if any
are needed. Icet says there remains the possibility that state government can handle the shortfall through budget
tightening, such as leaving positions vacant and not funding certain programs.
Meanwhile, budget cuts could be on the horizon. Lawmakers have already begun the preliminary work on the
budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1st. It is almost certain next year's budget will have to be slimmer than
this year's budget.
House Speaker Ron Richard of Joplin understands budget cuts can hurt. He pledges to handle any budget cuts
in an even-handed and appropriate manner. Richard says higher education has been unfairly hurt in the past by
budget writers looking for savings. He says he doesn't want budget problems to hold back the legislature this
session, insisting that lawmakers will fulfill their promises, despite a drop in state revenue.
Richard is quick to point out that many other states are having far worse problems, some going so far as to not
pay Medicaid providers for services rendered.

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Wednesday, January 14
Jefferson City - Gov. Nixon created task forces to attract automotive industry jobs and to coordinate the use of
money from a potential federal economic stimulus measure. Nixon also directed his Department of Economic
Development to work with a state finance board to develop a small-business loan program. He wants to use
about $2 million to offer loans to dozens of small businesses.

Tuesday, January 13
Oran - The Scott County towns of Oran and Chaffee are way short of candidates for municipal positions for the
election to be held Jan. 20. In Oran, four seats are up for election for aldermen, but no candidates have filed. In
Chaffee, only two people have filed for five alderman positions, and both of those candidates are in the same

Monday, January 12
Jefferson City - Gov. Blunt commuted the sentences of two women who killed the men who had abused them.
Stacey Lannert was given life without parole in 1990 for killing her father, who Blunt said had sexually abused
her since she was 8. Charity Carey pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 30 years for
killing her husband in 2000 after years of physical abuse.

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