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State Budget Director Dan Haug announced today that net general revenue collections for January 2022 declined 13.4 percent compared to those for January 2021, from $1.02 billion last year to $882.1 million this year. Net general revenue collections for 2022 fiscal year-to-date increased 1.9...
by Teghan Simonton Missouri News Network   Hundreds of inmates in county jails throughout Missouri are awaiting inpatient psychiatric care but can't receive it due to severe staff shortages at state hospitals. "We are truly struggling with a workforce crisis," Valerie Huhn, director of...
by Cameron Barnard  Missouri News Network     Missouri has no permanent leader for its state health department as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, and some lawmakers from both parties believe it will be difficult to win appointment for any candidate who supports vaccinations. Donald...
by Danielle Duclos Missouri News Network   A proposed constitutional amendment has the potential to gut Missouri's Medicaid expansion, reversing what was passed by voters in 2020 and bringing back the legislative control that conservative Republicans want. Introduced by House Budget...
In the Missouri House, we are continuing to work long days.  On the other side of the Capitol, the Missouri Senate has again become bogged down by a handful of senators using the filibuster.  Although at times the filibuster can be a good thing in helping stop bad legislation, it can be very bad...
It’s been busy at the Capitol, but because of the snow storm, things have slowed down a lot the past few days. Over the past week, we’ve held several hearings on a variety of bills, and I’ll talk about four bills that I’ve been working hard to get passed. First, this past week I filed HB 2599....
The decision of Missouri's legislative leaders to send members home because of the impending snow storm reminded me the last time a winter storm of such magnitude disrupted the legislature. Like this year, it was the first week in February of 2011. But unlike this year, legislators back then...
"Then will appear the 'sign of the Son of Man' in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. 31And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four...
What has happened to our nation? Last year you published my opinion on the Biden Administration and my concerns with it. I had cautioned that due to Keystone being shut down, and removal of exploration and oil production on govt. land, that energy prices would go up, and that everything would cost...
It was an eventful week in the Missouri Senate, with committees taking testimony on proposed legislation, spirited discussions about congressional redistricting on and off the Senate floor, the opportunity for my office to participate in a special meeting focused on workforce development and a...

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