NewsBook: Missouri Government News for Week of January 13, 2003
|.||Missouri's Senate rejects the Salary Commission recommendations. (01/15/03)|
The pay scale automatically goes into effect unless rejected by both the Senate and the House -- which now gets the Senate-passed resolution.
Even if they take effect, the legislature can block salary increases by not approprating the funds -- as they did last year.
|.||Governor Holden Makes Case For His Budget, While Republicans Cry Foul (01/15/03)|
But, Republicans quickly criticized Holden's proposal as one that overtaxes Missourians and will further damage the state economy.
|.||Missouri's governor says no change is needed in Missouri's death penalty law. (01/13/03)|
Gov. Bob Holden said he does not support repeal of Missouri's deaht penalty nor a moratorium on death sentences pending in the state.
|.||Missouri's state auditor begins a new four-year term, but won't promise four years. (01/13/03)|
Gov. Bob Holden made the prediction in welcoming remarks for Clair McCaskill's inauguration.
A full four years as auditor would preclude McCaskill challenging Holden for the Democratic nomination for governor in two years.
Asked about the governor's comments, McCaskill declined to talk about her political plans -- saying it was too early to talk about politics.
|.||The St. Louis area would lose highway funds under a new funding formula adopted by the Highways Commission. (01/10/03)|
The new formula is an implementation of the department administration's emphasis on redirecting resources to maintaining existing facilities and restoring public support.
In recent years, the department and commission has come under severe criticism for failing to fulfill a new-highway construction program that been promoted as justification for a legislative-approved gasoline tax increase.
|.||Missouri's legislative session begins by making history and issuing a warning to the governor. (01/08/03)|
Hanaway, in her innaugural address, quickly issued a stern warning to the state's Democratic governor, Bob Holden, to not present lawmakers with a budget that is balanced by borrrowing money or raising taxes.
Holden was unavailable for comment. His budget director has said that program and facility closings likely could not be avoided without tax increases.