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Senate's proposed redistricting map
similar to House version
BY VIRGINIA YOUNG • Post-Dispatch Jefferson City Bureau Chief | Posted: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 12:20 am
JEFFERSON CITY • The Senate Redistricting Committee made short work Monday of the difficult task of
condensing Missouri's nine congressional districts into eight.
The committee's chairman, Sen. Scott Rupp, R-Wentzville, unveiled his proposed map. No one in the audience
testified. No one on the committee debated it. Then the committee approved it — unanimously.
Not that everyone was happy.
Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis, voted to advance the map to the Senate floor but hopes to amend it there.
She said the GOP-drawn plan would result in Missouri electing six Republicans and two Democrats, with the
Democratic districts limited to St. Louis and Kansas City.
"We have a 6-2 map," Wright-Jones said. "I'd like a 5-3 map."
Rupp contended that his map was "competitive" for both political parties and met all constitutional requirements.
"It's fair. It's very compact. It's contiguous," he said.
Overall, the Senate map has a lot of similarities to one submitted last week by House Redistricting Committee
Chairman John Diehl, R-Town and Country. The two maps must be reconciled, then passed by both chambers
and signed by Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, before becoming official. Missouri is losing a congressional district
because the state's population did not grow as much as other states.
St. Louis and St. Louis County both lost population, prompting the Senate committee to redraw the area's three
districts so that:
• The city of St. Louis would be entirely contained within the 1st Congressional District, throwing incumbent
Democratic Reps. William Lacy Clay and Russ Carnahan, who are both St. Louis residents, together. That
district also would take in 429,322 north St. Louis County residents.
• The remaining 569,632 St. Louis County residents would be part of a newly configured 2nd Congressional
District, along with 70,444 residents of Jefferson County, 58,823 from St. Charles County and 49,717 from
Franklin County. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Town and Country, currently represents the 2nd District.
• The new 3rd Congressional District would take in 301,662 people from St. Charles County, 106,281 from
Jefferson County and 51,775 from Franklin County. It would include all of Warren County and a handful of rural
counties, stretching as far south as Miller County, where Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, lives.
While it bears many similarities to the House committee's map proposal, the Senate version differs in some
areas, including the way Jefferson County would be divvied up.
To the consternation of Bootheel Republicans, the House map would put about 100,000 residents of Jefferson
County in the 8th Congressional District, represented by Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Cape Girardeau.
The Senate plan would put only 42,008 residents of Jefferson County in the 8th District.
"Southeast Missouri is still the population epicenter" of the 8th District, said an approving Sen. Jason Crowell, R-
Cape Girardeau.
In the House, a Democratic alternative offered by Rep. Ron Casey, D-Crystal City, would keep Jefferson County
in a single district instead of splitting it three ways, as both GOP maps would do.
The House committee is expected to consider Casey's map and Diehl's plan today.
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Proposed Senate redistricting map
friendlier to suburbs
By Jo Mannies, Beacon political reporter
Posted 4:48 pm, Mon., 4.4.11
Jefferson and St. Charles county officials might be a bit happier with the initial Senate version of congressional
redistricting, reflected in a map approved today by the Senate panel in charge.
The Senate map puts most of Jefferson County into a refashioned 2nd District, with just a smidge assigned to
the 8th District, which otherwise covers all of southeastern Missouri. The House map split Jefferson County into
three different districts.
(Click here to read the Beacon's latest coverage of the House map.)
As for St. Charles County, most of it would go into a new 3rd District that would largely be the current 9th District
now represented by Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer. The new 3rd would stretch from Luetkemeyer's home
in St. Elizabeth, Mo. -- west of Jefferson City -- east to St. Charles County.
The eastern portion of St. Charles County, including 58,000 people, would go into the 2nd Distrct. That section
includes a sizable chunk of the Democrats in the otherwise GOP-leaning county. In the House map, St. Charles
also was split into two districts, but it was a smaller portion of each. In the Senate version, St. Charles appears to
represent a significant portion of the new 3rd District.
State Sen. Scott Rupp, R-Wentzville and chairman of the Senate redistricting panel, said he didn't ask officials
in his home county (St. Charles) what they thought of the map.
But overall, Rupp said, he said he believed that the Senate map meets the legal requirements of making the
eight Missouri districts "contiguous, compact." He said it also reflects his aim to craft a map representing "what
was fair, what was right."
Rupp also believes his map gives the St. Louis area a strong presence in three congressional districts -- the 1st,
2nd and 3rd -- although the city would no longer be split between two districts. Like the House map, Rupp's
proposal puts St. Louis entirely within the 1st District, now represented by Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St.
Louis.
Like the House map, Rupp's version also effectively does away with the current 3rd District, now represented by
Democrat Russ Carnahan of St. Louis, and puts Carnahan's home in Clay's district.
However, since a chunk of Carnahan's current district would be placed in the redrawn 2nd District, the Senate
map might be deemed friendlier to the congressman's political future.
The new 2nd District appears to remain Republican-leaning but would have far more Democrats than it does
now. The 2nd District's congressman, Republican Todd Akin of Town and Country, is still mulling over a
possible bid for the U.S. Senate in 2012.
Rupp said that he has no idea when the full Senate would take up the map. The House is expected to vote on its
version later this week.
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Tilley disagrees with criticism of redrawn
8th District
Monday, April 4, 2011 ~ Updated 4:53 PM
Missouri News Horizon
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The speaker of the Missouri House says he doesn't understand state lawmakers'
opposition to the newly redrawn Eighth Congressional District. Rep. Steven Tilley, R-Perryville, said Monday he
disagreed with criticism suggesting that including part of Jefferson County in the Eighth District in a proposed
congressional redistricting map significantly changes the make up of the district. Late last week, Rep. Jason
Crowell sent out a news release saying the House version of the redistricting map would shift the political
interest of the Eighth District to the metropolitan St. Louis area, which he argued differed from the rest of the
district. "That's absolutely, no matter how you look at the facts, incorrect," Tilley said. "To take southern Jefferson
[county] and all of a sudden claim it's some kind of city district is ridiculous." Tilley's district is inside the current
Eighth District and would remain so under under all versions of redistricting maps proposed so far.
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Area school districts stand to lose millions
in federal stimulus aid
By Jo Mannies, Beacon political reporter
Posted 5:43 pm, Mon., 4.4.11
The filibuster now taking place in the Missouri Senate could hurt the pocketbooks of St. Louis area school
districts, which stand to gain a large chunk of the $189 million in federal grant money that some Republican
legislators want to refuse.
At stake for the St. Louis Public Schools is $8.8 million, the area's largest district allocation under a breakdown
made public by the state's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. But it is hardly alone. The
Hazelwood school district is at risk of losing $3.87 million, followed by $2.96 million for the Fox district in
Jefferson County, $2.67 million for the Ferguson-Florissant district, and $2.4 million for the Wentzville district.
(Click here to view the entire statewide list of districts, and how much they are expected to receive from the
federal aid, if accepted.)
The Nixon administration had hoped to dole out the money this year in two installments, some this current fiscal
year. Most would be allocated in the next fiscal year that begins July 1. The money would replace state school
aid that the district might not otherwise receive because of the state's financial problems.
Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, highlighted the federal money to schools at a news conference last Friday in which
he departed from his usual silence about the Republican-controlled legislature. Instead, the governor blasted the
four senators blocking the school money, along with another $105 million in additional federal unemployment
benefits that would go to about 30,000 Missourians who have yet to find work and have exhausted their previous
79 weeks of federal benefits.
The filibustering legislators -- including state Sens. Jim Lembke, R-Lemay, and Brian Nieves, R-Washington --
say they want to reject the federal aid to send a message about government overspending and the increased
national debt.
The state House overwhelmingly voted to accept the aid weeks ago. Republican leaders in the state Senate say
they have the votes and are expected to try again to pass the bill authorizing acceptance of the federal money --
the last chunk of stimulus aid that Missouri is expected to receive.
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State officials still racking up big bills
11:00 PM, Apr. 4, 2011
Written by Roseann Moring News-Leader
JEFFERSON CITY -- In the first two months of this year, Gov. Jay Nixon charged more than $30,000 in flights to
state departments, even after receiving heavy criticism for the practice.
Nixon is one of three top state elected officials to come under fire recently for his practice of charging travel to
the state. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch published a story last weekend that detailed more than $35,000 in hotel
bills from the St. Louis area to Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder in his five years in office.
Both Republican Kinder and Democratic Nixon say their job is to meet with Missourians and part of that includes
expensing travel.
"The Governor happens to believe it's important for elected officials to get out of Jefferson City and to spend
more time listening to the needs of Missourians," said Nixon's campaign spokes-man, Jack Cardetti, earlier this
year after the state GOP party ran an ad criticizing Nixon.
Kinder is expected to challenge Nixon in the 2012 election.
But the House Budget Committee in its proposed budget removed the governor's ability to dip into state
departments to pay for his travel after it found he spent more than $420,000 in department money during his
time in office.
Budget Chairman Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City, added $500,000 per year to Nixon's travel budget to compensate
for the cut, but Democrat Jamilah Nasheed proposed a successful amendment on the floor to remove that
money from the budget. That budget is now in the hands of the Senate.
According to flight records provided by the governor's office to the Missouri Republican Party, the governor spent
more than $10,000 on one trip -- to Lexington, Ky., at the end of February.
State GOP chairman Lloyd Smith said he doesn't think the governor's travel is the same as the lieutenant
governor's because the governor's costs the state so much more money.
"If he wants a travel budget, he needs to ask for it and spend that amount of money," he said.
On the other side, State Democratic Party Chairman Matt Teter criticized Kinder's spending in an email
statement.
"Particularly at a time when families are saving money to make ends meet, it's unconscionable to think that Peter
Kinder is asking Missouri taxpayers to pay for his odd and extravagant lifestyle," he said.
A third politician -- Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. -- was found to have owed more than $200,000 in unpaid taxes
on an airplane, and she charged at least one political flight to the taxpayers. After Politico published a story,
McCaskill mailed a check for the taxes and apologized.
"I have convinced my husband to sell the damn plane," she said in a conference call to reporters.
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Peter Kinder's campaign will now pay for
his stays in St. Louis
BY JAKE WAGMAN • STLtoday.com | Posted: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 12:20 am
ST. LOUIS • Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder says he will use a condominium paid for by his campaign following a
story in the Post-Dispatch that revealed taxpayers picked up his hotel tab while he attended sporting events,
society galas and Tea Party rallies in and around St. Louis.
The newspaper reported Sunday that Kinder — a Republican widely expected to run for governor next year —
spent an average of more than one night per week over the last five years at a hotel in St. Louis or St. Louis
County courtesy of state taxpayers, far more than any other statewide elected official. The stays cost taxpayers
$35,050 over that period.
On Monday, Kinder said in a radio interview that he would use the condominium for his official business in the
St. Louis area. The two-bedroom condo is in Richmond Heights and also will be used for campaign staffers, a
campaign spokesman said.
"It's a little bit more expensive than I can afford, but we have decided to put this behind us," Kinder said on
KFTK-97.1 FM.
Kinder said the lease was signed last week, as the newspaper prepared to publish the story.
"I may be in St. Louis more," Kinder said on the radio. "It's the economic engine of our state."
Since 2006, Kinder has spent more than 300 nights in and around St. Louis, including many at the Chase Park
Plaza and Four Seasons at the Lumière Casino, at the expense of taxpayers. Kinder billed the state while he
went to charity balls hosted by campaign contributors, a World Series party and the wedding of a political friend.
On three occasions, Kinder charged the state to attend Tea Party events — including one where he was
introduced as "our next governor." Footage from another event Kinder charged taxpayers to attend is posted on
his campaign website.
Public employees are prohibited from using state resources for personal or political purposes. According to
Missouri regulations, the state government will foot the bill for travel only if "limited to those expenses authorized
and essential for transacting official business of the state."
While Kinder enjoyed a government discount — usually around $120 — he had far more stays than any other
statewide elected official.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, for instance, has 29 hotel stays in Missouri since 2009 — including eight
while he was trying a murder case in Kansas City. In that same time, Kinder had more than 150 hotel stays in
the state.
The state Democratic Party on Monday called on Kinder to release more details about his travel schedule and
reimburse the state for trips that were not related to state business.
"Peter Kinder is asking Missouri taxpayers to pay for his odd and extravagant lifestyle," Matt Teter, executive
director of the state Democratic Party, said in a statement. "Peter Kinder can live the high-life in luxury hotels
and casinos if he wants, but when he asks Missouri taxpayers to pick up the bill, it becomes an issue of very
serious public concern."
Kinder has refused to speak to the Post-Dispatch about his travel bills. Last week, he hung up the phone on a
reporter attempting to ask about his hotel stays. Kinder did not respond to a message left on his phone Monday.
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However, in a round of interviews with conservative radio hosts, Kinder defended use of taxpayer resources,
citing two reviews of his office by former state Auditor Susan Montee, now the chairman of the state Democratic
Party.
"Reporters ought to ask her about her audit," Kinder said on the Jamie Allman show on KFTK (97.1 FM).
One of Montee's audits, in 2007, faulted Kinder for using his state-owned vehicle for personal use.
Kinder at the time said he was following the advice of the Office of Administration, which — incorrectly, Montee
suggested — said Kinder could reimburse the state for nonofficial travel in his state car.
Last year, another audit from Montee's office criticized Kinder for "numerous mathematical errors and
inconsistencies" in leave and compensation time records, as well as lack of independent approval when inputting
purchases into the state's accounting system.
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Missouri government coffers are
continuing to fatten
By Jo Mannies, Beacon political reporter
Posted 1:07 pm, Mon., 4.4.11
Missouri state government's revenue picture continued to improve in March, according to figures announced
today, with collections up 9.2 percent compared to a year ago.
Overall, a string of healthy monthly increases is putting the state on track to substantially exceed the 3.6 percent
projected increase for this fiscal year.
Through March, says state Budget Director Linda Luebbering, "fiscal year-to-date net general revenue
collections increased 6.5 percent compared to 2010." In dollars, that's an increase of $300 million.
For the month, her office reported that state government collected $504.3 million in March, up $43 million from
the March 2010 income of $461.7 million.
Leading the March income improvement were increases in collections from individual and corporate income
taxes -- both signs of economic improvement in the private sector.
This year's rosier-than-expected revenue tallies could mean that Gov. Jay Nixon's administration and legislative
leaders may have been conservative with their earlier estimate, by mutual agreement, of a likely 4 percent
increase in state income for the 2012 fiscal year, which begins July 1.
The added money could soften the blow expected by cuts in federal aid -- aside from the continued filibuster in
the state Senate over roughly $300 million in designated federal money that some Republicans want to reject.
Here's the breakdown of the March report from Nixon's budget office:
GROSS COLLECTIONS BY TAX TYPE


Individual income tax collections
Increased 3.3 percent for the year, from $3.76 billion last year to $3.88 billion this year.
Increased 6.0 percent for the month.


Sales and use tax collections
Increased 0.7 percent for the year from $1.34 billion last year to $1.35 billion this year.
Decreased 5.7 percent for the month.


Corporate income and corporate franchise tax collections
Increased 8.2 percent for the year, from $306.0 million last year to $331.1 million this year.
Increased 8.4 percent for the month.


All other collections
Increased 16.5 percent for the year, from $328.5 million last year to $382.5 million this year.
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Increased 11.6 percent for the month.


Refunds
Decreased 8.6 percent for the year, from $1.05 billion last year to $956.7 million this year.
Decreased 4.7 percent for the month.
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April 4, 2011

Missouri revenues up 6.5 percent through
March
From The Associated Press
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri‘s tax revenues are up 6.5 percent with only one-quarter of the budget year
to go.
Figures released Monday by the state Office of Administration show the growth fueled by stronger individual and
corporate income tax collections than during the 2010 fiscal year. A decline in tax refunds also has contributed to
the growth in state revenues.
State sales taxes have remained relatively flat through the first nine months of the fiscal year, even though they
declined by 5.7 percent in March compared with the same month last year.
Individual income tax collections were up 6 percent in March while corporate income and franchise tax
collections rose 8.4 percent compared with March 2010.
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Senate plans to compromise on extending
unemployment benefits
Monday, April 4, 2011 | 9:13 p.m. CDT
COLUMBIA MISSOURIAN BY Jordan Shapiro
JEFFERSON CITY — After letting unemployment benefits run out for thousands of Missouri residents, the
Senate leadership promise to revisit the issue by the end of the week.
Senate Majority Leader Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles County, said he hopes to bring the $105 million in federal
money to the floor again and attempt to break the filibuster, which led to the benefits' expiration. The federal
money would extend benefits for an additional 20 weeks for more than 10,000 unemployed Missouri residents.
After failing to pass an extension of unemployment benefits at the end of March, the Senate leadership have
said they will try again to pass the proposal. Dempsey said he will bring it to the floor Thursday and "would go all
night" to pass it, if necessary. President Pro Tem Sen. Rob Mayer, R-Dexter, said he was optimistic about the
proposal's chances.
"At the end of the day we will get a vote on unemployment," Mayer said.
Missouri's House overwhelmingly approved the extended benefits months ago, but the proposal has hit a major
roadblock in the Senate. Sen. Jim Lembke, R-St. Louis County, has led a filibuster against the funds and said
Missouri needs to send a message to Washington about irresponsible spending. Lembke said rejecting the funds
would save the federal government $96 million.
Gov. Jay Nixon weighed in on the issue at a Friday's press conference and urged the Senate to reconsider.
"The reality is that too many Missourians are still out of work," Nixon said at the press conference. "As our
economy gains steam, it's critical that we continue to stand with these folks and help them get back on their
feet."
Lembke, however, said he was looking out for the taxpayer and the federal debt during his filibuster.
"The federal government is broke ... my position is looking out for what is best for the Missouri taxpayer,"
Lembke said.
Dempsey said they have been trying to compromise with Lembke, offering to reduce the extension to 10 weeks
instead of 20. Although Dempsey said he could force a vote on the issue, he would prefer to settle it with a
compromise.
If the Senate is successful in passing the extended unemployment benefits, the proposal could hit the governor's
desk by the end of the week.
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Mo. Senate leaders to try again on jobless
benefit
JEFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Senate leaders plan to take another try at passing legislation to extend
unemployment benefits to people who have been out of work for a year and a half.
Eligibility for the federally funded benefits expired last Saturday in Missouri, because four Republican senators
have been filibustering state legislation to reauthorize the program.
As a result, about 10,000 people in Missouri are losing benefits, and about 24,000 others could miss out on the
additional 20 weeks of benefits offered under the program.
Senate Majority Leader Tom Dempsey - a Republican - said Monday he plans to bring the bill up again, perhaps
Thursday, with the hope of re-enacting the benefits retroactively. Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer says he
hopes the bill eventually will come to a vote.
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Jobless bill is HB163
Online:
Legislature: http://www.moga.mo.gov
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Mo. Senate panel hearing ethics law
revisions
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri Senate committee is considering legislation that could revive part of a
2010 ethics law struck down by a judge.
At issue is a provision that limited the ability of political action committees to shuffle money among other such
committees. The bill's wording also barred state-chartered banks from contributing to political action committees.
A Cole County judge ruled last week that the restriction on bank contributions violated free speech rights. The
judge also struck down the entire 2010 ethics law because the legislation to which it was attached contained
multiple subjects.
Before the court ruling, the House had passed a bill lifting the ban on bank contributions. A Senate committee
planned to consider that bill Tuesday. That bill could be expanded to revive other ethics law provisions.
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Ethics law is HB108.
Online:
Legislature: http://www.moga.mo.gov
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Mo. Senate OKs advances move to shrink
House
By CHRIS BLANK Associated Press
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri senators endorsed a plan Monday to downsize the state Legislature by
cutting 60 members of the state House.
The proposed constitutional amendment would shrink the 163-member Missouri House, leaving 103 seats to
represent the state's nearly 6 million people. The plan avoids the sensitive issue of squeezing out current
lawmakers by setting the effective date after the 2020 census, by which time all serving lawmakers would have
left the House because of term limits.
Sen. Jim Lembke, who sponsored the measure, said it would make state government more efficient. Officials
estimate that eliminating 60 state lawmakers could save Missouri about $4.7 million per year.
Senators gave the proposed constitutional amendment first-round approval, and it needs another vote before
moving to the state House. Ultimately, the change in the state constitution would require a statewide vote, which
could be held in November 2012 if lawmakers approve the measure.
Missouri lawmakers have considered proposals in recent years to cut the Legislature, but the idea has picked up
steam this year. A Missouri House committee has considered a similar proposal.
However, some lawmakers have raised concerns about whether fewer legislators would adequately represent
their constituents and warned that rural areas could lose clout if the size of the chamber is reduced.
Lawmakers in about a half-dozen states have proposed shrinking the number of elected legislators. Some
proponents are seeking to make their chambers more effective, and others are looking to save money by cutting
down on the office, state and travel expenses that each lawmaker incurs.
For example, in Pennsylvania - home to the nation's second largest legislature - the House speaker contends
that a smaller chamber could be more effective and has introduced a plan to cut its 203-member House by 50
lawmakers after redistricting a decade from now.
The nation's largest Legislature is in New Hampshire, which has 424 lawmakers - of which 400 serve in the
House. The fewest lawmakers are in Nebraska, which has 49 members in its unicameral legislature.
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Poll reveals support for 2nd reactor
THE FULTON SUN By Don Norfleet
Monday, April 4, 2011
A new statewide poll shows that despite the earthquake and tsunami nuclear plant incidents in Japan,
Missourians are still solidly in favor of nuclear power and support construction of another reactor at the Callaway
Nuclear Power Plant.
The survey found that 60 percent of the respondents favor expanding the Callaway Nuclear Power Plant.
The poll also showed 53 percent of Missourians support the use of nuclear power compared to 29 percent who
oppose it and 18 percent who are unsure.
―This polling data backs up all the efforts we‘ve made to pass a nuclear site permit bill in the General Assembly,‖
said Irl L. Sissors, executive director of Missourians for a Balanced Energy Future.
―Overwhelmingly,‖ Sissors said, ―respondents support the use of nuclear power. Even more believe we should
keep open the option of constructing a second nuclear power plant. Construction of such a state-of-the-art
nuclear power plant could be Missouri‘s best bet for keeping electric rates low in the long term. It would bring
thousands of jobs to our state, billions of dollars in economic investment and provide us with clean, reliable
energy.‖
The poll was conducted from March 24-26 to gauge the opinions of Missourians about nuclear power.
The poll also showed strong support for keeping open the option of more nuclear power for the state by a 66
percent margin.
Poll participants were asked whether they wanted to keep the option of building a new nuclear power plant open
or to close off any possibility of building a new nuclear plant in the foreseeable future. The poll revealed 66
percent in favor of keeping the option open, 27 percent opposed, and 7 percent undecided.
Missourians for a Balanced Energy Future supports legislation offered by Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City,
and Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane.
An opponent of the proposed legislation, Chris Roepe of Missourians for a Balanced Energy Future, criticized a
question used in the poll. Roepe said the poll should have asked: ―Do you support paying for Ameren‘s Early
Site Permit?‖
―Proponents of forcing consumers to pay for Ameren‘s Early Site Permit are trying to make this an issue about
Missouri needing nuclear energy,‖ Roepe said, ―but the real issue is about who is going to pay for it. If
consumers are going to be forced to pay for an Early Site Permit, it only makes sense that the consumers
investment is protected.‖
The Fair Energy Rate Action Fund includes support from Noranda Aluminum, which operates an huge aluminum
smelter in Southeast Missouri.
Noranda is Ameren Missouri‘s largest commercial customer. A Noranda representative has testified against
building a nuclear plant, saying short-term costs for electricity would increase because of costs associated with
building the plant.
Other support for the Fair Energy Rate Action Fund, which opposes the Kehoe and Riddle bills, comes from
AARP, Anheuser-Busch, Consumers Council of Missouri, Ford Motor Co., Missouri Association for Social
Welfare, and the Missouri Retailers Association.
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Advisers nudge low-income families
toward college
BY TIM BARKER • STLtoday.com | Posted: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 12:30 am
CARBONDALE, Ill. • Darren Powell is trudging across campus, part of a group of 40 high school freshmen and
sophomores from Riverview Gardens, trying to describe what he plans to do with his life.
It's a little fuzzy, but he's almost certain he wants to do something involving either criminology or zoology. And
somehow, wrestling needs to fit in along the way.
"This college is nice," Powell says, as the group makes its way toward lunch at the student center at Southern
Illinois University Carbondale. "But they don't have wrestling."
Regardless, the sophomore seems intent on carrying out his family's wishes: "They want me to be the first boy in
our family to go to college."
And that, more than anything, is why he and his classmates are here today.
Among the adults watching over this small army of high schoolers is Khadija Tejan, who is part of a young
nationwide effort that's using recent college graduates to persuade children of low-income families to go to
college.
She works for the Missouri College Advising Corps but is based at Riverview Gardens High School, where she
spends her days taking some of the mystery out of higher education. She helps students and parents navigate
the complicated financial aid process. She finds scholarships and grants. She organizes campus tours. And at
age 22, she's about as close to these students' age as you can get while still having a college degree.
This is not a long-term job for Tejan — advisers can stay no more than two years — but she sees it as a chance
to make a difference.
"When you have a degree, you have an obligation to help someone else get a degree," Tejan said.
The advising corps, based at the University of Missouri-Columbia, got its start in 2008 after Mizzou was selected
as one of 10 schools nationwide to expand upon a 2005 pilot program at the University of Virginia.
It is, in many ways, the type of program that needs to grow and prosper if the nation is serious about meeting
President Barack Obama's call to increase the pool of young people with college degrees to 60 percent from 40
percent in the next decade.
While the program is still young, there have been early signs of success, said Beth Tankersley-Bankhead,
executive director of the Missouri group that is now one of 14 nationwide.
They have tracked a 6.3 percent increase in students going to college from high schools where an adviser has
worked for at least two years. For many of these students, it's simply a matter of changing perceptions,
Tankersley-Bankhead said.
"They've been told they aren't college material," she said. "For a lot of them, honestly, it's a matter of someone
telling them they can do it.
That's also why advisers such as Brandon Guthrie, who is based at Soldan High School, are so valuable to the
corps.
Guthrie, a 2009 Mizzou graduate who plans to become a high school principal, is a St. Louis native and a first-
generation college student.
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"When I was in high school, there really wasn't anybody there," Guthrie said. "I had to figure everything out on
my own."
The Mizzou program got its start through a $1 million grant, paid over four years, from the Jack Kent Cooke
Foundation. In its third year, the program has expanded its funding sources and now has more than half a dozen
sponsors, including AmeriCorps, Bank of America and Sprint Foundation.
And this week, Mizzou announced the program has received a $400,000 grant through the Pathways Fund, a
public-private partnership. The money will help the program nearly double in size, adding 10 new advisers,
divided evenly between the St. Louis and Kansas City areas.
While all of the advisers are Mizzou graduates, they make no effort to steer students to Columbia. That explains
why Tejan and other advisers take their kids to places such as the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Southeast
Missouri State University, Tennessee State University and the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff.
Leading her group across the Carbondale campus, Tejan laughed off the suggestion she might be viewed as a
traitor to her Tigers.
"In my heart, I bleed black and gold," Tejan said. "But my job is to make sure they get into college."
That's certainly a job with its challenges, considering that Tejan and her peers are sent into schools populated by
children of low-income families. Many of them would be the first in their families to pursue college.
The fact that these counselors are young and better able to relate to the students has been a major part of their
success, said Traci Nave, the college and career coordinator for the Riverview Gardens District.
Both women talk about the challenges of creating a "college-bound" culture at a school where students don't
always have a lot of support at home — at least not the kind they need to navigate the complicated process of
college applications. Often, it can be a battle just to convince parents why they need to surrender their income
tax information as part of the financial aid process.
And sometimes, they simply need to be educated about the opportunities in front of their kids.
"Because it wasn't a reality for them, they think it's not a reality for their children," Nave said. "We show them that
their children have that capability."
Of course, some of those hurdles are smaller than others.
Kim Dunn, also a sophomore at Riverview, already knows she wants to pursue a career in health care. She
wants to be a nurse.
She says her parents have been supportive, though they are concerned about the cost. And it has been
suggested that she needs to make sure she isn't doing it just because everyone else is.
"I'm going because I want to," Dunn said. "I just feel that if you go to college, you are preparing yourself for the
world."
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Program cuts leave some faculty bitter
An article from Inside Higher Ed discussed several myths surrounding university budget cuts.

THE MANEATER By Jimmy Hibsch
Published April 5, 2011
The Missouri Department of Higher Education‘s decision in February to eliminate 119 academic programs
statewide has left some educators scratching their heads.
Inside Higher Ed compiled a list of five myths surrounding program cuts, ranging from the belief that cutting
programs with low enrollment is a ―no-brainer‖ to the notion that the faculty has no say in program cuts.
―Some institutions are actually in dire straits, and for them, a declaration of financial exigency and program cuts
may be unavoidable and appropriate,‖ the article stated. ―But the vast majority of public universities are
experiencing increases in revenues and reserves.‖
Stephen Montgomery-Smith, vice president of MU‘s chapter of the American Association of University
Professors, believes this list to be spot on.
―We didn‘t think the cuts were very sensible,‖ Montgomery-Smith said. ―They seemed to give the impression of
saving money, without actually doing so. It didn‘t make sense to get rid of some programs because they were
pretty important.‖
At MU, 19 programs were eliminated. Six new programs are being proposed because of the report, which
includes the merging of a few former programs. Some program eliminations were simply the removal of a
doctorate degree program, Montgomery-Smith said.
―The faculty you need for the master‘s program are oftentimes the exact same faculty you need for the Ph.D
program,‖ Montgomery-Smith said. ―So what you‘re really getting rid of is a piece of paper that allows you to get
a Ph.D degree. Some of the programs weren‘t really doing anything. But again, it was saving no money. If you
have a program that‘s doing nothing, then it doesn‘t cost any money to maintain it.‖
Such was the case with the elimination of the Natural Resources master‘s degree, School of Natural Resources
Director Mark Ryan said.
―Cutting it will save no money,‖ Ryan said in November.
Faculty members met throughout the fall semester to fight for the continued presence of many programs. From
these meetings, 50 programs were salvaged. Thirteen of these are being recommended for follow-up in three
years. But these discussions seemed to contradict what faculty members‘ main duty at MU is, Montgomery-
Smith said.
―If you think about it, you waste a lot of people‘s time when they are trying to find justification as to why to keep a
program,‖ he said. ―They could have spent that time doing what they are supposed to do — teaching and
research.‖
Montgomery-Smith said he believes MU shouldn‘t immediately look to program cuts to save money in the future.
Instead, he said the university should stop ―actively wasting money.‖
For instance, he cited the removal of engineering professor Greg Engel from a project that helped secure a $2
million federal earmark.
―I‘d call that an example of actively wasting money,‖ Montgomery-Smith said. ―You‘re taking this money, which
has the opportunity to produce something really good, and giving it to people who don‘t really know what they‘re
doing,‖ he said.
The final list of program cuts is awaiting approval from the state.
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University of Central Missouri to award Bill
Clinton honorary degree
COLUMBIA MISSOURIAN By Victoria Guida
April 4, 2011 | 7:05 p.m. CDT
COLUMBIA — Former President Bill Clinton will receive an honorary degree May 6 from the University of Central
Missouri in Warrensburg and speak at commencement.
Clinton will be given the doctor of humane letters degree, an award approved Monday by the UCM Board of
Governors, said Jeff Murphy, assistant director of university relations for media relations.
For the past two years, the William J. Clinton Foundation has helped the university design a large-scale energy
efficiency program. The $31.6 million project is expected to save the university 31 percent on its annual energy
costs and significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The project, which will wrap up this year, has been the
largest energy retrofit project at any university or college.
"(His staff members) were very helpful in helping us to find contractors and other individuals who can work in that
area and helping us to find the right resources that we need to move forward," Murphy said.
In addition to his work with the university, Murphy said, Clinton also earned the recognition through his work by
assisting the people in Haiti and fighting AIDS and hunger. The degree is given to those who distinguish
themselves through outstanding service and exemplary achievements in their fields of endeavor.
"There are many different things that he's involved in that make him deserving of this award," Murphy said.
The campus is excited to have Clinton come to UCM, Murphy said.
"I sent out an email to the campus earlier today, and I've been getting a lot of very positive responses," he said.
Clinton will speak at the evening commencement ceremony in the Multipurpose Building. There will be additional
announcements when more details about the visit are available.
Clinton has also received honorary degrees from Tulane University, the University of Michigan, the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Hong Kong, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Pace University,
Rochester Institute of Technology, Knox College and McGill University.
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Missouri House bill would lower interest on
payday loans
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
By Melissa Miller ~ Southeast Missourian
Payday loans serve a purpose for those in a pinch. They help pay for car repairs, utility bills, even rent.
But they come at a price, with an average annual interest rate in Missouri of 444 percent last year, according to
the Missouri Division of Finance.
Missouri payday lenders may charge interest and fees equal to 75 percent of the initial loan amount. A $100 loan
may cost a borrower $75.
Legislation sponsored by Rep. Ellen Brandom, R-Sikeston, would impose new regulations on payday loan
companies. The legislation, she said, is aimed at providing more protection for borrowers without putting payday
lenders out of business.
Missouri's has more than 1,000 licensed payday lenders. The businesses made more than 2.43 million loans last
year, the Division of Finance reported. The average loan was $307.
"People who use them are generally people who can't get credit," Brandom said. "Banks don't do small loans. If
you need $200, you're not going to walk into a bank and get that."
Missouri law limits payday loans to $500 and two weeks. Borrowers may renew loans six times as long as they
pay at least 5 percent of the original principal. Current Missouri law allows annual interest rates of 1,980 percent.
Brandom's bill would reduce interest and fees to 60 percent of the loan and limit borrowers to three renewals.
Cape Girardeau County has more than 20 licensed payday lenders.
"There's a reason why there are so many of them in town. They fill a niche, but we've yet to find someone who
gets their first payday loan and pays it off," said John McGowan, director of community impact for the United
Way of Southeast Missouri.
Through its Financial Stability Partnership, the United Way works with local banks, financial advisers and not-for-
profit counseling organizations to provide financial literacy training to those in need.
"People are getting these loans to pay for their basic living needs like utilities and rent. There are just no public
assistance dollars left right now," McGowan said. "Primarily they're already in debt, and this is one of the ways
they're getting further and further in debt."
Rep. Mary Still, D-Columbia, also sponsored a bill this session that would cap annual payday loan interest rates
at 36 percent, but the measure did not pass out of committee.
According to Brandom, Still's bill sets interest limits too low for payday loan businesses to afford to keep
operating.
"If we don't have payday loans, then the only choice they have is to go to a loan shark," Brandom said. Her bill
was written after a bipartisan committee appointed by House Speaker Steven Tilly, R-Perryville, held several
hearings on payday loan reform last year.
"There is great concern about doing something to help protect the consumer, but at the same time we did not
want to put them out of business," Brandom said.
Her bill, HB 656, passed out of committee, and she expects it to come before the full House in the coming
weeks.
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Other provisions include:
* Requiring lenders to post in the lobby the fee charged per $100 loaned in addition to the maximum annual
percentage rate.
* Increasing the amount borrowers must pay to renew a loan from 5 percent to $25.
* Creating an extended payment plan allowing borrowers 60 days without additional interest to repay loans in
four equal installments.
* Prohibiting lenders from making a loan to a borrower who has just paid off a loan until the next business day.
* Prohibiting lenders from threatening or bringing criminal proceedings against a borrower if the borrower's check
bounces.
* Requiring lenders to comply with the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
In 2010, the Department of Finance investigated 81 complaints alleging regulation violations by payday lenders.
Most common complaints involved companies charging excessive fees or depositing borrower's personal checks
before their 14-day loan period had expired, said Travis Ford, spokesman for the Department of Finance.
Missouri's payday loan industry is considerably larger than its neighboring states, according to a Department of
Finance report. Kansas has 362 payday loan businesses, Iowa, 231; Kentucky, 651, Nebraska, 180; Oklahoma,
361, and Illinois, 500. Tennessee is the only contiguous state with more payday loan businesses than Missouri.
Tennessee has 1,231. However, none of those states allow borrowers to renew their loans.
Payday lenders in Cape Girardeau contacted by the Southeast Missourian declined to comment on the proposed
legislation.
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Mo. House backs ban on hallucinogenic
'bath salts'
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri House has endorsed bans on synthetic forms of marijuana and
hallucinogenic drugs marketed as "bath salts."
The House backed legislation Monday to expand the definition of marijuana in Missouri law to include not only
the cannabis plant, but also manufactured forms of marijuana. Possession of up to 35 grams of those synthetic
forms would be a misdemeanor and higher amounts would be a felony.
Sponsor Ward Franz, a West Plains Republican, says the substances cause users to act violently toward
themselves or others.
The Legislature passed a similar law last year banning one synthetic form of marijuana called "K2." But before
that law went into effect, vendors changed their chemical compounds to sell several different varieties of the
drug, which are covered by the legislation endorsed Monday.
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Senate proceeds with local control of St.
Louis Police Department
COLUMBIA MISSOURIAN By Audrey Moon
April 4, 2011 | 9:47 p.m. CDT
JEFFERSON CITY — Localized control of the St. Louis Police Department is making headway in the Missouri
Senate after passing in the Missouri House of Representatives with roughly two-thirds support in February.
"We've met with both sides in the last week, and we are actually making some progress, but we are going to
keep, hopefully, the ball rolling," Sen. Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, said during a Senate Financial Committee
hearing. "I feel like if we don't, the progress won't keep rolling."
The committee voted 6-2 to approve the bill that would return localized control from the state of Missouri to the
City of St. Louis.
"I am very elated about what has happened in the Senate," said Rep. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis City. "It
clearly shows that people are beginning to understand the importance of local control."
St. Louis is one of only two cities in the U.S. that does not have local control over its police force — the other is
Kansas City. The city has also been ranked the No. 1 most dangerous city in America, according to FBI statistics
reported to Time magazine. Nasheed said the state has been unresponsive to this issue.
"We have to come 130 miles to talk to a governor who doesn't even care about what is going on in the St. Louis
area," Nasheed said. "We had the highest murder rate in the country, the governor didn't say one word about
what is happening in the St. Louis area when it comes to the murder rate and the crime that is impacting our
communities each and every day. He hasn't said a word yet."
Nasheed said with localized control, the people have a voice.
A fellow Democrat from the St. Louis area, Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-St. Louis County, said she would be
on board with the bill if a chapter about specific benefits were included. Until it is, Chappelle-Nadal said there are
11 senators prepared to filibuster.
"There is language in there, even though it says it will not impact pensions, it sunsets the language that is
currently in our statute that talks about health insurance and life insurance, salary schedules and what happens
with widows," Chappelle-Nadal said.
"They are taking that language out of current statute and that is one of the biggest concerns I have in this
conversation. ... I would just hate to see any current police officers or future police officers to not be afforded the
opportunity that most police officers throughout the country have," Chappelle-Nadal said.
Nasheed defended the bill and said civil service benefits would be provided through the city.
"I don't think that should be a major concern of hers because if there was a problem with the civil service
package when it comes to vacation times and things of that sort, you would have heard a major uproar from the
fire department," Nasheed said. "The fire department is not complaining about their civil service plan. The
benefits are still going to be there."
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Funeral protest bills in works
Lawmaker proposes $35,000 in fees to picket services
Jimmy Myers St. Joseph News-Press
POSTED: 10:33 pm CDT April 4, 2011
Rep. Delus Johnson, R-St. Joseph, asked for ―outside the box‖ thinking on how to deter funeral protestors in
February as the Missouri House considered a bill putting restrictions on the practice. He got several responses
that will allow for free speech — but at a price.
Coming in just under the deadline for filing new bills, Mr. Johnson filed two Friday that put a total of $35,000 in
fees for those who wish to protest at a funeral in Missouri, a practice that members of the Westboro Baptist
Church have taken on to spread their anti-homosexuality message.
One of Mr. Johnson‘s bills (HB931) establishes a ―funeral demonstration zone,‖ which is any area within 200 feet
of a funeral, funeral home, cemetery, crematorium or funeral procession route during the time period of two
hours prior to two hours following a funeral. Anybody wishing to protest or demonstrate will have to file for a
Missouri funeral demonstration permit, which will carry a fee of $10,000 to the Division of Professional
Registration. Nearly all that money will go to the ―Family Funeral Victimization Fund,‖ also created in the bill.
Another bill (HB935) requires any person or group who wishes to protest at a funeral to pay a $25,000 fee to the
local law enforcement agency where the funeral occurs. The money will be used to reimburse that agency for the
cost of protecting the group from harm, Mr. Johnson said.
Violating either of the laws would be a misdemeanor. Repeat offenders will be charged with a felony.
The House has already passed a funeral protest bill this session that places restrictions on when and where
protests can occur. That bill (HB276) was assigned to a Senate committee on March 17, but no action has yet
been taken.
Mr. Johnson said after the House bill passed, he heard a member of the American Civil Liberties Union on talk
radio say the bill, if passed into law, would be an ―easy fight.‖
―It just seems like it‘s a never-ending cycle of (courts) overturning whatever bills are filed all over the U.S.,‖ Mr.
Johnson said. ―I started telling people to think outside the box and let me know.‖
He said he would push these bills hard during the six weeks of session remaining for the General Assembly.
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Bill would delay sprinkler mandate
11:00 PM, Apr. 4, 2011
JEFFERSON CITY -- The Missouri Senate has voted to delay a sprinkler system mandate for residential care
centers that was adopted after a deadly fire in November 2006.
Eleven people were killed in the fire at the Anderson Guest House for the mentally ill and disabled in southwest
Missouri. The facility was not equipped with sprinklers.
The next year, the legislature passed a bill requiring nursing, assisted living and residential care facilities with at
least 20 beds to install sprinklers by the end of 2012.
The Senate gave initial approval Monday to legislation moving the deadline by two years to Dec. 31, 2014.
There was no debate on the change.
The legislation needs another Senate vote to move to the House.
-- The Associated Press
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Mo. House backs livestock constitutional
amendment
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri House has given first-round approval to a proposal to make raising
livestock a right under the state constitution.
The measure endorsed Monday would prohibit rules that put what it calls an "undue economic burden" on people
who raise livestock. It would also require that laws related to livestock welfare be based on "generally accepted
scientific principles" and be enacted by the Legislature.
If approved by the Legislature, the proposed amendment would go to a statewide vote.
Sponsoring House member Tom Loehner, a Koeltztown (KELTS'-town) Republican, says agriculture is an
important part of Missouri's economy that cannot afford to be held back by unnecessary regulations.
Critics say adding the amendment to Missouri's Constitution would make it harder to enforce existing agriculture
rules and to write new ones.
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Fruitland quarry opponents to attend
hearing in Jefferson City
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
By Melissa Miller ~ Southeast Missourian
A bill to keep mines from locating near schools and other public buildings will be reviewed Tuesday by the
Missouri House's transportation committee in Jefferson City.
House Bill 299 was sponsored by Rep. Donna Lichtenegger, R-Jackson, after two companies applied for mining
permits near Saxony Lutheran High School in Fruitland last summer.
Abby Petzoldt, spokeswoman for Save Our Children's Health Inc., and Jim Maevers, president of Saxony
Lutheran High School's school board, are scheduled to testify at the hearing at noon Tuesday in House Hearing
Room 7.
If approved, Lichtenegger's bill would allow the Missouri Land Reclamation Commission to deny a mining permit
if the mine site is within one mile of a school, child care facility, church, nursing home, public building or
cemetery.
Saxony Lutheran High School and Save Our Children's Health Inc. last month filed a petition in Cole County
circuit court asking for judicial review of three decisions made by the Missouri Land Reclamation Commission in
February to allow Heartland Materials LLC to move forward with its proposed 161-acre mine. A hearing on the
motion will take place before Judge Daniel Green in Cole County at 1:30 p.m. April 11.
Saxony was also granted a formal hearing by the Land Reclamation Commission to review a permit application
for a 76-acre mine proposed by Strack Excavating. A date for that hearing has not yet been set.
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UCM rally backs workers' rights, education
funding
SEDALIA DEMOCRAT By Dennis Rich
2011-04-04 18:02:34
WARRENSBURG — More than 50 students, union workers and members of the public turned out in support of
workers‘ rights and public education during a midday rally Monday on the campus of the University of Central
Missouri.
The event was part of a national day of action sponsored by union organizers to commemorate the 43rd
anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was killed April 4, 1968, in Memphis while
lending his support to striking sanitation workers. The national event was organized in response to debates over
federal and state budget cuts to social and education programs and the recent fight over collective bargaining
rights in Wisconsin and other states.
Steve Ciafullo, one of the event‘s organizers and an assistant professor of academic enrichment at UCM, cited
King‘s ―I‘ve been to the mountain top‖ speech during remarks and called efforts to roll back collective bargaining
rights ―a hostile corporate takeover of our democracy.‖
―Forty-three years ago today, Dr. King was assassinated while standing with sanitation workers in Memphis who
were striking for collective bargaining rights,‖ Ciafullo said. ―Today the struggle for these rights is still going on.‖
Ciafullo said the issues are being pushed because of state and federal budget deficits, but ―what we really have
is a priority deficit.‖
The UCM ―Reclaiming the Dream‖ rally also featured students and union representatives, including Scott
Ciafullo, president of American Federation of Teachers-Missouri, which represents about 4,500 teachers and
staff statewide, and Jeff Manning, president of the United Auto Workers Local 31, which represents about 3,500
workers at the Fairfax General Motors plant.
Scott Ciafullo and Manning called recent battles in Wisconsin and Ohio to roll back collective bargaining rights
for public workers an example of a Republican-led ―war on the middle class.‖
―We will never have the money the Republican Party has to push their issues, but we have the manpower and
the people,‖ Manning said. ―We can‘t let the richest 3 percent of the people take away the rights organized labor
has been building for 100 years.‖
Manning cited a range of legislative issues in Missouri, including a stalled right-to-work bill, attempts to roll back
voter-approved minimum wage increases, and attempts to weaken child labor laws as the most extreme
examples of policies that ―do real harm to working people and their families.‖
Derek Wiseman, president of the UCM Student Government Association, told the crowd that college campuses
were ―ground zero‖ in the fight for higher education funding and singled out Republican 4th District Rep. Vicky
Harztler; state Sen. Dave Pearce, R-Warrensburg; and state Rep. Denny Hoskins, R-Warrensburg, for
promoting cuts to the federal Pell Grant program and reduced funding for Access Missouri — a need-based
tuition support program for in-state students.
―More than 40 percent of UCM students rely on Pell Grants to help pay for school,‖ Wiseman said. ―The cuts
they have proposed are being made under the guise of a budget crisis, but they are making these cuts on the
backs of the poor, students and the middle class.‖
Wiseman said the ―reason we are in a crisis is because our elected representatives keep cutting programs so
they can give more to the wealthiest people.‖
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―They talk about shared sacrifice, but we shouldn‘t have to sacrifice for a situation they created,‖ Wiseman said.
Student organizer Ryan Todd told the group, ―I was raised in a union family and I know what a difference unions
have made.‖
―We have to use today as the first step. You should go out and tell your friends about the issues and have
conversations and get people talking about what is going on. The issues are too important for us to just stand by
and let this happen,‖ Todd said.
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Missouri Lawmakers on Track to Reduce
Spending
THE CITIZEN – KC EDITION Apr 05, 2011 by Brian R. Hook
General revenue collections continue to rise — increasing 6.5 percent for the current fiscal year — as legislators
in the Missouri General Assembly stay on track to reduce spending by at least 2.5 percent for next fiscal year.
Net general revenue collections in March for the fiscal year-to-date, starting July 1, totaled $4.98 billion, up 6.5
percent from $4.69 billion in the same period last year, according to the latest numbers released Tuesday by the
Missouri Office of Administration.
Revenue collections for March rose 9.2 percent compared to those for last year in the same month, increasing
from $461.7 million to $504.3 million.
―It is looking pretty good overall,‖ said Missouri Budget Director Linda Luebbering, noting the one concern is the
drop in sales and use tax collections.
The category increased 0.7 percent for the fiscal year from $1.34 billion last year to $1.35 billion this year.
However, sales and use tax collections fell 5.7 percent in March compared to the same month last year.
Luebbering said consumers are still hesitant to spend money.
―Everything together is keeping it right where we need to be,‖ Luebbering said, referring to revenues matching
forecasts, adding that refunds are down and individual income tax collections are up.
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EDITORIALS … & Letters to the Editor

Kinder-care: Who knew Missouri had an Official State Guest?
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Kinder-care, by Post-Dispatch cartoonist R.J. Matson

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Other Missouri officials and nights spent in hotels

Number of hotel nights in Missouri for statewide elected officials since 2009:
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Treasurer Clint Zweifel 14

Attorney General Chris Koster 29

Sec. of State Robin Carnahan 0

Gov. Jay Nixon 6

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder 152

In 2000, Libertarian Phil Horras ran for lieutenant governor under a simple premise: If elected, he’d work to get
rid of the job. Too bad Mr. Horras got trounced, particularly in light of the utter disregard for taxpayers exhibited
by the current Missouri lieutenant governor, Peter Kinder.

As reported Sunday by the Post-Dispatch’s Jake Wagman, Mr. Kinder has made a practice in his six years in
office of charging taxpayers for hotel stays in some of St. Louis’ finest hostelries — usually the Chase Park Plaza
or the Four Seasons — while in our region on mostly political business.

In all, Mr. Kinder has spent at least 329 of the 2,275 nights he’s been lieutenant governor in St. Louis on the
taxpayers’ tab.

By comparison, former Lt. Gov. Joe Maxwell, the Democrat who beat Mr. Horras in 2000, spent less than $2,500
for hotel stays during his four-year term. In the last six years, Mr. Kinder has spent more than $35,000 on hotels,
often billing taxpayers for fancy meals at St. Louis restaurants, too.

Mr. Kinder, a Cape Girardeau Republican, has been a vocal advocate for St. Louis in Jefferson City, winning him
fans even among top city Democrats. It’s nice that he likes St. Louis, though apparently not enough to pay his
own way.

When Mr. Kinder is attending charity balls sponsored by his top political financiers, or attending Cardinals
baseball games with tickets paid by lobbyists or speaking at Tea Party rallies, he’s not performing the official
duties of the lieutenant governor, such as they are.

He’s doing the work of the state’s highest-ranking elected Republican, speaking about politics for the purpose of
political gain.

Mr. Kinder, who in 2004 campaigned on the slogan “every dollar counts,” now looks like the worst kind of
hypocrite. Keep in mind that is the same guy who recently criticized Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon for using the
state’s plane too much. He said Mr. Nixon was too concerned with the “perks of the office.”

Nothing says “perk” like two taxpayer-funded nights at the Chase followed by two lunches at Plaza Frontenac and
a dinner at Vin de Set. And what important state business was Mr. Kinder conducting in June 2009 when
taxpayers paid for these indulgences? He was attending a concert, a VIP reception and conducting an interview on
KMOX radio.
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We’re still waiting for the Missouri GOP news release criticizing Mr. Kinder for the “unnecessary extravagance,”
to borrow the language the party used to blast Mr. Nixon’s flights of fancy.

We’re also waiting for Mr. Kinder to own up to his mistake, rather than blame others for the error of his
judgment. In softball radio interviews Monday, Mr. Kinder blamed the Post-Dispatch for targeting Republicans.
Apparently he missed our criticisms of Sen. Claire McCaskill and Mr. Nixon, both Democrats, over their
inappropriate use of airplanes.

If tame radio hosts and pliable newspapers buy the line from the Official State Guest that this is about his
“enduring commitment to St. Louis,” shame on them.

Mr. Kinder also claimed that state audits had given him a clean bill of health. In fact, the audits criticized his
record-keeping, specifically the lack of oversight that might lead to hotel expenses being improperly vetted.

Kinder-care is just the latest example of politicians in both parties blurring the line between official and political
business, treating taxpayers as ATMs. This story is simply about a state official who got caught with his hand in
the public’s pocket.
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The Star’s editorial | Voters should retain KC earnings tax

The future of Kansas City‘s essential 1 percent earnings tax tops the list of local issues that voters will decide today.
Many school board seats also are on the ballots in Missouri and Kansas. At a time when schools face many budget
challenges, voters need the best-qualified board members to make financial decisions.
The earnings tax debate in Kansas City has generated plenty of pro and con television ads and mailers the last few weeks,
and for good reason: The e-tax creates $200 million a year, or 40 percent of the city‘s $500 million general fund.
The Star recommends a “yes” vote on the earnings tax.

Supporters make the good points that the tax is fair because it helps spread the burden of paying for the city‘s services and
amenities. Eliminating the tax likely would lead to higher property and sales taxes, plus cutbacks in city services, especially
in public safety forces that are financed to a large degree by the e-tax.

Opponents haven‘t provided any legitimate blueprint on how to replace the tax funds or how to cut basic city services
without harming the future of Kansas City and this region.
The polls are open today in Missouri from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and in Kansas from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Star‘s recommendations in other selected contests:
MISSOURI

BLUE SPRINGS

Question: Shall the city impose a half-cent sales tax for public safety improvements, including a new communications
system and more public safety employees? — YES
BLUE SPRINGS SCHOOL DISTRICT

School board — Dale Falck, Dale Walkup, James Coen
GRANDVIEW SCHOOL DISTRICT
Question:Shall the Board of Education, without an estimated increase in the current debt service property tax levy, borrow
money in the amount of $7 million for the purpose of renovation, remodeling and repair to the existing facilities of the
district? — YES

School board — Amber F. Woodrome, Bob Stewart, Paul N. Alexander
HICKMAN MILLS SCHOOL DISTRICT
School board — Debbie Aiman, Shawn Kirkwood, Dan Osman
KANSAS CITY, KAN., SCHOOL DISTRICT
School board — Gloria A. Willis, George Breidenthal, Brenda C. Jones, Richard J. Kaminski

LEE’S SUMMIT SCHOOL DISTRICT
School board — Jon R. Plaas, Jack Wiley, Christopher Storms
LIBERTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
School board — Kim-Marie Graham, Bren Abbott, Lori D. Tritz
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PARK HILL SCHOOL DISTRICT
Question: Shall the board of education issue $49.5 million in general obligation bonds, without a tax increase, to renovate
schools, add classroom space and build a new elementary school, among other improvements? — YES

School board
Three-year term — Michael Atchison, Janice Bolin, Rick Turley

One-year term — Federico J. Sanchez
RAYTOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT
School board — Rick Moore, Terry E. Landers, Jerome Barnes

KANSAS

JOHNSON COUNTY
BLUE VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT

School board
Position 1 — Pam Robinson

Position 2 — Tony Thill

JOHNSON COUNTY COMMUNITY
COLLEGE

Board of trustees — Don Weiss, Jon Stewart, Greg Musil
OLATHE

Mayor — Michael Copeland

OLATHE SCHOOL DISTRICT

School board
Position 1 — Le Etta Felter

Position 2 — Rick Schier
Position 7 at-large — Harlan C. Parker

OVERLAND PARK

City Council
Ward 2 — Paul Lyons

Ward 6 — Rick Collins
SHAWNEE MISSION SCHOOL DISTRICT

School board
Position 1 — Sara Goodburn
Position 3 — Deb Zila
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Position 5 — Patty Mach
Position 7 — Joan Leavens
WYANDOTTE COUNTY

BOARD OF PUBLIC UTILITIES
District 3 — Jeff Bryant

KANSAS CITY KANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Board of trustees — Donald Ash, Ray Daniels, Mary Ann Flunder, Clyde A. Townsend
UNIFIED GOVERNMENT BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

District 1 — Mark Holland

District 3 — Josie Tanner-Sailler

District 4 — Clayton Hunter
District 6 — Pat Pettey
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Size isn’t the answer
MISSOURINET by Bob Priddy on April 4, 2011
Former state representative Ed Emery has a guest column in today‘s Joplin Globe differing with those in the
legislature who think shrinking the size of the Missouri House would do anything at all to make government
smaller. Emery was promoted to civilian life by voters last November after serving the limited four terms in the
House and failing to win a state senate race.
Emery argues that the cry for smaller government isn‘t about the number of people who represent us. Instead,
he says, the ―smaller government‖ philosophy should focus on less governing, not the numbers of people doing
the governing.
He cites this statistic: The state with the largest House of Representatives is New Hampshire, which has 400
representatives and also, says Emery, has the lowest state and local tax burden in the country, the lowest crime
level in the nation, and the second-lowest level of dependency on federal spending. Each New Hampshire
representative represents about 3,100 people.
Missouri has 163 representatives representing about 37,000 people each. By inference he asks, ―Which House
is more likely to really be ‗the people‘s house‘?‖ His answer–the larger the constituency, the more powerful and
arrogant the politician. Shrinking the size of the Missouri House, therefore, is a step in the wrong direction.
Instead, he says, the answer is electing the right people, not fewer people.
Emery believes the true role of government is to protect the people FROM government. He doesn‘t address in
his article where the proper balance is between government and personal liberty. But he suggests shrinking the
numbers of people involved in one does not necessarily increase the amount of the other.
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Former Rep. Wilson: Mo. Republicans
'derailed' ethics efforts in 2010; 'political
games' led to law being thrown out in court
KC STAR
The following is a commentary written by former state Rep. Kevin Wilson, a Neosho Republican,
concerning ethics laws that were passed last year but struck down in court last week.
Wilson led a committee dedicated to crafting ethics reform in the House.
Last week a Cole County (Jefferson City) Circuit Court judge threw out the ethics legislation that was passed
during the waning hours of last year‘s session. The judge ruled that the law violated the First Amendment but
also found that it did not pass the Hammerschmidt test which prohibits a law from containing more than
one subject.
Since finding out about the ruling I knew that I would be writing this column about what that means but to tell you
the truth I have really been struggling as to how to approach the subject. Many of you probably remember that
last year I was tabbed by then Speaker of the House Ron Richard to chair the Special Standing Committee on
Government Accountability and Ethics Reform. The Speaker‘s only admonition to me – craft a bipartisan bill that
addresses ethics reform. And, that‘s what we did. I can‘t say enough about the support that the Speaker gave to
the committee‘s efforts.
During the very first committee hearing I told the members that we had a unique opportunity – the chance to do
something pure and to work together on a comprehensive ethics reform package. I cannot say enough about the
work of the committee. They set aside partisanship and we worked side by side to craft a piece of legislation that
we could all be proud to support. Did everyone agree with everything in the bill – of course not. But, we did get a
bill out of committee with a unanimous vote.
But, that is when things got interesting like they do in Jefferson City. I had people within my own Republican
party that did not like many of the issues that we had proposed in the legislation. So, as usually happens, they
set about to derail our efforts and they were most successful – the work of the committee was set aside and the
bill was scuttled. But, in the name of ethics reform for political sake, a senate bill on government procurement
was used as the vehicle for addressing ethics.
At that point in time I washed my hands of the whole issue and walked away from the process – all the hard work
of the committee was forgotten and politics once again reigned supreme in the Missouri Capitol. Without the
opportunity to fully discuss all the ramifications of the legislation errors were made and we are now back to
square one. And, my question is how does this get fixed in the last month of this year‘s legislative session? But
maybe the most important question is whether or not there is actually a passion for fixing it.
I will be the first to admit that there were issues within the legislation that was passed out of last year‘s
committee that I did not agree with. And, there were issues that needed further debate and amendments. But,
the point is that we did not get the chance to do so and now we are paying the price for the political games that
were played.
Last year, as all this was happening, there were promises made on the House floor that the bill that was passed
was but the first step in comprehensive ethics reform. Now that the general assembly is having to revisit even
that first step, I wonder what that means for further reform. Until we set politics aside and work together on
common issues the public‘s view of politicians will remain unchanged – as it should.
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I am quickly running out of space but for those of you who read this column before this Tuesday‘s election
please don‘t forget to vote. We worry so much about the state and national elections that we tend to forget that
all politics is local. The decisions made by city councils, water districts, school boards and other local governing
boards probably have more of an impact on our daily lives than the decisions made in Jefferson City and
Washington, DC.
Let‘s put the election process into proper perspective. If you have a 10% voter turnout (which is not unusual in
off election years) then 5% (it takes only half of those voting to elect someone in a two-way race) of the eligible
voting population will make the decision as to who will represent 100% of the population. Please don‘t let 5% of
the voters decide your fate – vote. I can guarantee you that even if only 10% vote, that 100% will complain if
something goes wrong.
I am going to end with a quote from Will Rogers that I think is appropriate for all that is happening in our nation
today. He said, ―The worst thing that happens to you may be the best thing for you if you don‘t let it get the best
of you.‖
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MISSOURINET
Kinder to pay state for hotel bills (AUDIO)
by Bob Priddy on April 5, 2011
Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder says he will reimburse the state $35,050 for hotel stays that he billed the
state. Recent articles in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch have questioned whether Kinder billed the state for non-
government, sometimes political, events in St. Louis.
Kinder says two state audits signed by now-Democrat State Chairman Susan Montee raised no questions about
his travels or the billings.
He says he will ask the Office of Administration to send half of his reimbursement to the Big Brothers/Big Sisers
of Eastern Missouri Amaci mentoring program and to use the other half for a dropout prevention program.
Kinder did not comment on questions raised about travel expenses to Kansas City and to Springfield.
Lt. Gov. Kinder addresses hotel bill questions. 14:27 mp3



Congressional boundaries taking shape
by Brent Martin on April 5, 2011
More maps have surfaced as suggestions for redrawing our Congressional districts, but they share similar
characteristics.
State lawmakers must redraw Congressional districts after every Census, but this year is different.
―I mean, listen, if we had nine districts, we wouldn‘t be talking about this, but you‘re going to have some drastic
changes whenever you lose a congressional district,‖ says House Speaker Steven Tilley, a Republican from
Perryville.
Tilley favors the proposal of the special committee he appointed on redistricting. It reduces the Congressional
districts in St. Louis from three to two. It creates a new 3rd District that wraps around St. Louis and extends west
to central Missouri. The 4th loses some of central Missouri and picks up more in southern Missouri. The 5th
branches out from Kansas City to three rural counties to its west. It widens the 6th Congressional District across
the northern third of the state, creating a big agricultural district. The 7th centers around Springfield and the 8th
stays solidly in southeast Missouri, though it bumps up next to St. Louis.
House Committee Chairman John Diehl, a Republican from Town and Country, reacts when a reporter shows
him the map proposed by a Senate committee.
―Well, it looks, off the top of head, fundamentally the same as ours,‖ Diehl tells the reporter.
Diehl says the similarities between the maps give him confidence the legislature can settle on a map.
―Certainly more confidence than if it was a completely different philosophy or theory on how to approach the
map,‖ Diehl says. ―This just looks like we‘re pushing around the same areas that we knew were going to be
difficult the deal with from the beginning and that‘s Jefferson, St. Louis County and St. Charles. It‘s just a little
different mix.‖
Speaker Tilley says the ultimate test of any map is whether it can attract the votes to pass the House, which
would be 82. But House leaders want much more than a simple majority. They want a two-thirds majority: 109. If
House leaders can hold 109 votes, they can be assured of overriding any gubernatorial veto.
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Senate version of redistricting map cuts Congressman from St. Louis
area
by Jessica Machetta on April 4, 2011
The Senate version of the proposed map of Congressional Districts in Missouri looks similar to the map released
by a House committee last week including an awkward fifth district that links inner city Kansas City with rural
Saline County, in central Missouri. The distict is now represented by Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, the former
mayor of Kansas City.
Senate redistricting committee chairman Scott Rupp says the populations of the eight districts are as close as
possible. He says seven of the eight districts have identical population. One district has one person fewer.
The senate map, like the house map, has one district stretching across north Missouri, border to border. Rupp
says it‘s the only way enough people could be put together into one district in the sparsely-settled parts of north
Missouri.



Senate moves against school sexual misconduct (AUDIO)
by Bob Priddy on April 4, 2011
A proposed law making it harder for coaches, teachers, school superintendents and others to get away with
sexually abusing students is one vote away from approval by the state senate. St. Louis Senator Jane
Cunningham says the legislature has talked about this issue for five years while school children continue to
suffer at the hands of adults. She says Missouri has been ranked as the 11th worst state in the nation for sexual
misconduct by educators.
Before this week is out, the senate could send her bill to the House. It sets up new reporting and investigation
procedures. Cunningham hopes it also stops an alarming practice referred to by the state education department
as ―Pass the Trash‖—-a practice by school districts to let people accused of sexual misconduct with students go
away quietly so they can go on to other districts and often repeat their behavior.
Added to the bill is a provision asking the state education department to develop age-appropriate courses
teaching children about child abuse and what to do it it happens to them,
The bill is SB54.

Listen to the debate 10:17 mp3
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USA TODAY MISSOURI NEWS
MONDAY, APRIL 4 -- Joplin — A woman charged with trying to swap another woman's baby for a used car has
been released on bail. Lana Y. Banks, 44, of Oronogo surrendered Friday at the Jasper County Jail in Carthage
on a felony charge of trafficking in children. The charge was filed March 22.
TUESDAY, APRIL 5 -- Van Buren — The Carter County sheriff was charged Monday with distribution of
methamphetamine, authorities said. Tommy Adams, 31, was arrested Saturday and has been jailed in a
neighboring county on $250,000 cash-only bond. Adams, a Republican, was elected sheriff in November 2008.

				
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