The dome shines brightly on the Missouri State Capitol as the sun begins to set in Jefferson City, Missouri. Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Capitol Perspectives: Echoes of a Past Budget Crisis

An Albany reader of my earlier column about relations between the governor and legislature suggested that Gov. Jay Nixon’s reluctance to work with lawmakers might reflect a lesson from former Gov. Bob Holden’s experience.


Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (C) delivers the State of the State address while Missour Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R) and House Speaker Steve Tilley listen at the State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri on January 17, 2012. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Capitol Perspectives: Governors and the Legislature

During the past few weeks, there have been increasing complaints from state legislators about the governor’s relationship with the Missouri General Assembly.


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Capitol Perspectives: Lori’s Filibuster

Not much happened this past week in Missouri’s Senate. There’s a one-word explanation why: filibuster.


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Capitol Perspectives: Tax Credits and Term Limits

A major division in Missouri government that has created a near gridlock on a key issue for the state might be having its last hurrah.


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Crosshair Stickers Found On Senators’ Doors In Jefferson City

Four Democratic Senators found stickers of gun crosshairs on their name plates this afternoon.


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Capitol Perspectives: State of the State: From Policy to Theater

Sitting in the House press gallery listening to Gov. Jay Nixon’s State of the State address, I began thinking back to about 30 years ago.



Capitol Perspectives: Education Funding – A Legislative Nightmare

Decades ago, many argued that education funding was not a state problem.


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Capitol Perspectives: A Session of Limited Expectations

If you listen to the statehouse pundits, lobbyists and even some legislators you would not hold out much hope for the 2012 legislative session.


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Capitol Perspectives: Making the Budget

As Missourians prepare for the holiday season, major decisions are being made in Missouri’s statehouse about the state’s multi-billion dollar budget.


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Capitol Perspectives: Consensus Revenue Estimates

It’s been around since the early 1990s, and it has worked remarkably well in bringing a more rational process to put together the state’s budget each year.





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