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NewsBook: Missouri Government News for the Week of November 17, 2003

 


. New testing method saves money and saves deer (11/21/03)

JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri's Conservation Department is trying to protect the state's bucks, in more ways than one. By using new methods of testing for Chronic Wasting Disease in deer, the department is saving the state money and hoping to prevent a spread of the deadly deer disease into Missouri.

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    . Proposed amendment mandating sales tax increases to counter revenue shortages opposed by Republicans (11/19/03)

    JEFFERSON CITY - Leading Missouri Republicans criticized a proposal that would require sales tax increases when revenue falls below prescribed levels. The measure, supported by lobbyists, ignores needed policy reforms, Republicans say.

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    . MODOT looks for new ways to raise funds (11/19/03)

    JEFFERSON CITY - Lawmakers gathered Wednesday to hear from MODOT officials about the department's yearly performance and plans for the future.

    Once again, MODOT says it will ask for toll road authority.

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    . Group calls for more attention to women's issues (11/18/03)

    JEFFERSON CITY - A women's advocacy group charged Tuesday that state budget cuts are responsible for a decline in the health and welfare of Missouri women.

    The group, Alliance for the Status of Missouri women, is calling for comprehensive changes to policies they believe have muted the state's response to the economic, educational and health needs of women.

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    . Massachusetts ruling on same-sex marriages won't affect Missouri, lawmakers say. (11/18/03)

    JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri gay rights activists say that the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruling that declared that state's ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional is a victory for their community but won't affect Missouri law.

    Some state lawmakers agree that it is unlikely that same-sex marriages will be made legal in Missouri.

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    . Army Corps of Engineer's new Missouri River management plan won't alter water levels (11/18/03)

    JEFFERSON CITY - Army Corps of Engineer issues more conservative Missour River drought conservation plan. U.S. Senator Kit Bond says the new management plan is a step in the right direction.

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    . Education petition criticized (11/17/03)

    JEFFERSON CITY - A petition posted by Republicans on the state House of Representatives Web site raised Democrats' concerns on Monday. The petition calls for people across Missouri to support releasing $197 million in withholdings to K-12 education.

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    . Missouri drivers who don't pay sales taxes on vehicles have cost the state $90 million, revenue director says (11/17/03)

    JEFFERSON CITY - Some Missouri vehicle owners have driven down state revenue by $90 million, Revenue Director Carol Fisher said Monday.

    Missourians who steal license plates or drive on expired tags are contributing to the outstanding debt, she said. The Department of Revenue has raised the idea of requiring sales taxes be paid at the time of purchase, which would alleviate the debt from those who buy their cars from dealers, Fisher said.

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    . Holden blames Republicans for budget (11/17/03)

    JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Bob Holden attacked Republicans, saying they are misleading Missouri citizens.

    He says that while the Republicans are flying around the state for purely political reasons, he is working hard to get the budget numbers right.

    He says that the legislature's inability to come up with a resolution is the cause of education's funding cuts.

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    . Democrats appeal to youth and activist voters online (11/17/03)

    JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Democratic Party has launched a weblog to attract and engage youth and activist voters across the state. The weblog provides a forum for dicussion of Democratic party ideologies and issues facing both the state and the nation.

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