Governor Jay Nixon
Education policy issues include public school funding and dealing with the unaccredited St. Louis and Kansas City school districts.
House and Senate Republicans continue to be divided on many issues in the budget, including the passage of a $70 million tax amnesty program.
The Missouri House has endorsed legislation that could make it harder for employees who report workplace wrongdoing to be shielded from retaliation.
The Senate adjourned near midnight after eight hours without a compromise on Missouri’s $24 billion budget.
“When it comes to creating jobs and transforming our economy, projects just don’t get any bigger than this one,” Nixon said. “This is our moment.”
Senate Appropriations Chairman Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, said this was probably the most difficult budget year ever.
Circuit Judge Angela Quigless was appointed Thursday to fill the vacancy on the court’s Eastern District .
“We have now back slided so far that now we have to pass tax credit bills just to keep the jobs we have.”
Fred Sauer, who heads Missouri Roundtable for Life, filed Monday with the secretary of state’s office to run in the August Republican primary.
“A lot of people in this chamber wish we had more money, but the fact of the matter is that we don’t … we have to deal with the now,” House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Ryan Silvey said.