cost of living
St. Louis ranks 13th because of affordable housing and low prices for food, utilities and gas.
Seniors stood outside the federal courthouse to protest connecting Social Security cost-of-living increases to chained Consumer Price Index.
Missouri comes in as the eleventh-best retirement state, ahead of Florida and Arizona. Illinois is listed as number 20.
The state has an unfunded pension liability north of $80 billion, and lawmakers and the governor are looking at ways to reduce that.
Supporters of raising Missouri’s minimum wage and limiting payday loans submitted petitions Sunday to get the separate measures on the November ballot, beating this weekend’s deadline to turn in signatures.
The president of the Illinois Senate is out with his proposal to reform state employees’ pensions.
The foreclosure crisis pushed rental prices higher, which has spelled disaster for some renters.