David Jackson Discusses Transportation Issues in Missouri on KMOX

Earlier this week, David Jackson, Managing Partner of the Gate Way Group, is featured on KMOX with host Mark Reardon. Jackson highlights the problems facing Missour’s infrastructure and the status of Missouri’s roads and bridges. Among possible solutions, Jackson mentions a Public-Private Partnership and points to conservative states predominately on the east coast that have[…]

Missouri July Revenue Report

State Budget Director Linda Luebbering released the state’s monthly revenue report today, showing a slight downturn in collections compared to July of 2014. July collections 1.2 percent from $512.9 million in 2014 to $506 million this year. Luebbering said the state general revenue fund borrowed $200 million from the state’s budget reserves for “cash flow”[…]

Missouri officials say heavier truck cargo could hurt roads

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Farmers praised legislation that would end weight limits for trucks carrying livestock and grain, but state transportation officials warned members of a Senate agriculture panel Wednesday that the bill could damage roads at a time when money for repairs is strained. The current law has no weight limits for trucks[…]

Record number of bills vetoed by Missouri Governor

JEFFERSON CITY • Gov. Jay Nixon used his veto pen to set a personal record this year following a legislative session marred by showdowns over tax cuts, school choice and revenue estimates. Nixon, a Democrat, vetoed 33 bills — the most in a single year since he took office in 2009. His total is just two[…]

Missouri Dermatologists Help Push Skin Safety Legislation Past Missouri House

Posted by Dave Berry JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri teens younger than 17 would need parental consent to use tanning machines that emit ultraviolet raysunder legislation passed by the state House. The measure would penalize tanning salons $500 every time they provide services to teenagers without parental consent. State health officials would be charged with[…]

Telecom bills moving quickly with broad support

Posted by Dave Berry By Ben Kleine JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Two weeks ago, Ewell Lawson, Manager of Government Operations for the Missouri Association of Municipal Utilities was the most vocal opponent of SB 650 and 653, sponsored by Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah. He was singing a different tune in the House Utilities hearing for[…]

Senate panel endorses Missouri school measure

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri Senate committee advanced broad education legislation Thursday that could open the door for students attending struggling public schools to use district funds to transfer to private schools.

The measure seeks to address troubled districts and a state transfer law requiring unaccredited school systems to pay for students to transfer to better-performing nearby public schools.

Patients, doctor ask lawmakers for ‘parity’ between oral, IV chemotherapy coverage costs

Bills have been heard in the committees in the state House and Senate that would require insurance companies to charge patients the same out-of-pocket amount to cover oral chemotherapy as they would to cover intravenous chemotherapy.Insurance plans often treat oral chemotherapy as a pharmacy benefit but treat intravenous therapy as a medical benefit. This means patients generally pay more for oral than they would for intravenous.

Lawmakers have been told that makes it cost-prohibitive for some patients to get the pill form. Ellis Fischel Cancer Center Doctor Carl Freter says the pills are often much more effective and targeted at cancer cells.