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'Fiscal cliff' could affect Missouri economy, budget

The Federal Funds Information for States anticipates that if lawmakers in Washington do not compromise on averting the "fiscal cliff," Missouri could lose $125 million in federal funding, and the state's defense spending cuts could total over $1 billion.

Federal 'fiscal cliff' stalemate spurs anxiety in states

Many states depend on federal grants to help finance education, environmental and community programs that are on the chopping block. And their state income tax revenues could rise or fall as a direct result of federal tax hikes.

Three MU graduates to take oath in U.S. Senate

All three lawmakers told the newspaper their experiences at the university helped shape their attitudes as public officials.

Obama, Boehner discuss 'fiscal cliff' stalemate

President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner agreed not to release details of their weekend conversation, but aides emphasized that the lines of communication remain open.

Mo. Sen. McCaskill spent $19.3M, now in debt

A summary of Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill's finances released Friday shows she had less than $8,800 in her campaign account as of Nov. 26.

GOP Senate group financially aided Akin despite disavowal

Despite publicly disavowing Todd Akin, the political committee for Republican senators quietly sent $760,000 to Missouri in a last-ditch attempt to aid Akin's unsuccessful challenge of Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill

Missouri certifies results of November election

Because the margin of victory was less than 1 percentage point, the losers could still ask for recounts in state House Districts 114 and 150 and in the 45th judicial circuit.

Interest grows among Republicans for Emerson seat

U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson announced Monday she is leaving Congress in February after first winning the seat in 1996.

UPDATE: Republican Missouri U.S. Rep. Emerson leaving Congress

Jo Ann Emerson said she plans to step down from Congress in February and will serve as president and CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

Akin criticizes 'lord and savior' remark by Jamie Foxx

Akin pledged to continue "speaking out about the problems facing our country" and asked for donations to help pay his campaign bills.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon backs Medicaid expansion

Gov. Jay Nixon said the Medicaid expansion could provide health care coverage to an additional 300,000 state residents.

A look at Medicaid eligibility in Missouri

Read about Missouri's current income eligibility thresholds for Medicaid based on the federal poverty level, and how they would change if the Legislature agrees with Nixon's request to expand eligibility.

Blunt: Estate tax change could hit Missouri farms

Unless Congress takes action, the exemption in 2013 will drop to $1 million and the tax rate will rise to 55 percent.

UPDATE: House Democrats propose campaign finance reforms; Republican urges compromise

The bill would cap contributions at $5,000 per donor, require nonprofit campaign contributors to identify their donors and make it a crime to deliberately obscure sources of campaign money.

Tax breaks atop 2013 agenda in Missouri Senate

The specifics remain to be finalized but could include income tax cuts for individuals, small businesses or corporations.

Some Republicans say GOP needs to get with the times

Interviews with more than a dozen Republicans at all levels of the party indicated that postelection soul-searching must quickly turn into a period of action.

Democrats stiffen spines against trimming benefits

Many Democrats in Congress are digging in their heels when it comes to discussing cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. 

Blunt retains U.S. Senate leadership post

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt is the vice chairman of the chamber's Republican conference, which is the fifth-most senior position in the caucus.

Kander preps for Missouri secretary of state takeover

Democrat Jason Kander defeated Republican Shane Schoeller last week in the race to succeed Robin Carnahan.

Most U.S. taxpayers won't be able to escape 'fiscal cliff'

A package of tax increases and spending cuts, known as the "fiscal cliff," would take effect in January unless Congress passes a new budget deal before then. 

 

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