Despite a budget gap that has prevented the legislature from giving pay raises to state employees, 97 percent of employees will receive a 2 percent increase. Missouri currently ranks last in pay among 50 states.
Republican candidate for governor Dave Spence's ethics reform needs to be given a serious look. Campaign donation rules need to be reigned in and Spence's reform plan can do that.
Casinos want to be able to make loans to their patrons, thus allowing people to gamble with borrowed money.
There is still much to be done to correct Missouri's prisons, but the new bill will save money and reduce prison populations in an effective way.
Citizens Involved and Invested in Columbia, or CiViC, is pushing to allow residents to participate in the discussion about enhanced enterprise zones in Columbia.
Senate Joint Resolution 51 asks voters to change the part of the Missouri Constitution that limits political influence in the selection of judges for the state courts. Missouri senators should dig deep into their consciences and vote it down.
In order to "ensure we’re living up to the promises made to our veterans," we need to listen to their suggestions on how best to improve Veterans Affairs hospitals.
Columbia provides resources for the those affected by domestic abuse, and there are many ways community members can help put an end to the violence.
The organization is raising awareness of the domestic abuse epidemic while providing shelter, counseling, support groups and referrals for medical and child care to women and their children.
It is alleged that Walmart paid millions of dollars in bribes in order to open new stores in Mexico more quickly.
Mayor Bob McDavid may believe calling half the city "blighted" as just semantics, but an Enhanced Enterprise Zone would cause more harm than good for Columbia.
Considering the legitimate negative effects of burning coal on campus, MU needs to find clean energy solutions that will benefit the school and the community.
House members have proposed a taxpayer amnesty bill that might generate $70 million – more than enough to support child care and other services for children. Senators should get behind this idea, or they should accept the responsibility to propose a tax increase.
As judge after judge overturn fiscal notes for proposed voter-intiative petitions, it has made State Auditor Tom Schweich's job difficult, but not impossible.
A St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial argues that the Missouri House is encouraging bullying by proposing a bill against addressing sexual orientation in schools. The bill, nicknamed the "Don't Say Gay" bill, would prevent the formation of Gay Straight Alliances.
With an excess of frivolous petition filings and court challenges concerning them, legislative action is needed to speed up the process.
Social policy in the U.S. provides little benefit to either working or stay-at-home mothers.
The scandals involving the General Services Administration and the Secret Service raise serious concerns.
The Missouri General Assembly needs to reconsider costly tax code luxuries in order to make up for the state's nearly $500 million budget shortfall.
Two companies announced a bid for federal energy funds to build small nuclear reactors, and the potential for energy, jobs and development is impossible to ignore.