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Video of Speaker Steve Tilley speaking this afternoon after the House adjourned, via Jason Rosenbaum.
Missourians for Fair Taxation today filed suit in Cole County Circuit Court against the State Auditor for a fiscal note that “does nothing to inform voters of the risky high-stakes gamble they would be asked to take,” and against the Secretary of State for a summary statement that “does not sufficiently advise Missouri voters of the uncertainty and chaos that will be caused by adoption of this amendment to our Constitution.”
The full petition and the associated press release from the Realtors’ committee formed to defeat Rex Sinquefield’s tax scheme may be read below the jump.Read More »
Yesterday, 30 Sierra Club members toured the ABB factory in Jefferson City, MO, where the company makes transformers that are used in wind generators and solar collectors.
The goal of the tour was to see firsthand how renewable energy creates good, family-wage jobs locally and around Missouri. ABB employs about 650 workers at its facilities in Jefferson City, MO.
The Sierra Club organized the tour in response to Missouri General Assembly actions to curtail development of renewable energy in the state. This spring, the General Assembly overturned a Public Service Commission rule that would have required utilities like Ameren to meet its 15 percent renewable energy standard (mandated under Proposition C, passed in November 2008) by counting electricity that was either generated or consumed here in Missouri. By nullifying this rule, the General Assembly is allowing utilities to buy renewable energy credits from anywhere in the world in order to meet its renewable energy targets. When the wind generators are located in China instead of here, Missourians do not enjoy the benefits of clean energy – including both local jobs as well as cleaner air.
This ABB plant manufactured the transformers that were installed in the Lost Creek Wind Farm, located near King City, Missouri. Lost Creek is the largest wind farm in Missouri, and utilizes one hundred transformers that were made by ABB.Read More »
After a two-month bathroom break, wealthy GOP donors have started sending checks to Peter Kinder again. Here's a snapshot of donations worth more than $5,000 reported to the Missouri Ethics Commission since July 27.
Brian Nieves likes it Hard Core.
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The Hotline's Sean Sullivan surveys the GOP landscape in Missouri: "[O]utside money and a weak environment can't overcome deeply flawed candidates. Just look at Colorado, a state positioned to flip Republican, but which elected a Democratic governor and a Democrats senator due to weak opposition. What's already out there about Kinder is bad, but not impossible to overcome. But if more new negative news surfaces, it could doom his chances. In the Senate race, there is still time for Steelman, Akin or Brunner to emerge as credible challengers, but so far, McCaskill hasn't yet met her match."
From the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' Off the Charts blog: "Deep poverty — that is, the share of the population with incomes below half the poverty line — rose by a statistically significant amount in 40 states (including the District of Columbia) from 2007 to 2010 and fell in none, Census Bureau data released today show."
According to the census bureau, 385,117 Missourians lived below half the poverty line in 2010.
As the Star's Dave Helling notes, PPP's work the last cycle "actually exhibited a slight bias toward Republican candidates," despite their progressive orientation and client list.
At Crooks and Liars, Brad Reed writes that Tim Noah “makes an excellent point that it's become perfectly acceptable for elected officials to claim that showering already-wealthy people with even more money is the only way to create jobs since they otherwise might feel sad and lose their will to work.”
Yes, we've had our fair share of "trickle-down" troglodytes for some time now. In 1932, FDR used the phrase to criticize Hoover and Mellon. But similar phraseology pre-dated even that one. Here's William Jennings Bryan in 1896, in a section of his famous Cross of Gold speech:
Miss Liberty thinks William Jennings Bryan was a man before his time and asks if he will please come back!
This is the time where most people would say I told you so, but that would just be childish.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that the records available from Sarah Steelman's time as State Treasurer were lacking to say the least.
Many of these state records are supposed to be retained for 5 to 10 years or longer. What's even more troubling is Steelman never offered a clear explanation for why she didn't turn over executive records to be archived. Who knows if the Steelman campaign will ever provide a clear answer, but the people of Missouri certainly deserve one.
The Independent Payments Advisory Board was created to slow the growth of Medicare spending; it has no power to ration care.
Via the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities: "This chart, based on data from the Tax Policy Center (TPC), sums up the case for the President’s proposed 'Buffett Rule'" a significant group of very wealthy people pay a smaller share of their incomes in federal income and payroll taxes than large swaths of the middle class. There are two reasons why: the capital gains and dividends rate is so low, and wealthy people pay payroll taxes at a much lower rate than middle-class Americans."
The President is calling for Congress to to make sure that no American making more than $1 million a year pays at a lower rate than middle-income families, as part of a comprehensive tax reform package.
Peter Kinder, hating on special interests and insiders with special interests and their champions in SpringfieldRead More »
After the past week, people might start thinking Morris Buttermaker has taken over for John Hancock as the driving force behind John Brunner’s phantom campaign for US Senate.
All this comes as his promise of a big post Labor Day announcement remains unfulfilled, but, with numbers like this, he may realize it is not worth spending his family fortune on a lost cause.