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Political Rewind: GOP Lawmakers Want to Cut Business Income Tax in Half

Our roundup of some of the Missouri political stories that hit the media this week.

Editor's Note: The following articles were aggregated from several news organizations in Missouri. You can read more about each story by clicking on the headline.

Expanding Medicaid called a 'win-win' for jobs, tax revenue in Missouri (St. Louis Beacon)

A study commissioned by the Missouri Hospital Association and the Missouri Foundation for Health says expanding Medicaid is in the state's best interest because it would increase employment and extend health coverage to the uninsured. 

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Nixon favors expanding Medicaid program (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Gov. Jay Nixon wants to expand Missouri’s Medicaid program to provide health care coverage to some 220,000 uninsured adults in the state.

“As governor I have both the opportunity and obligation to keep Missouri moving forward,” he told reporters in a conference call this morning. “It is the smart thing to do and it is the right thing to do.”

Nixon said he will put the expansion — which will be fully funded by the federal government for the first three years under the Affordable Care Act — in the state budget proposal he submits to lawmakers, but the move puts him at odds with Republican legislative leaders, who have said that the state can’t afford the long-term costs of expanding the program.

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Missouri GOP members call for broad tax cuts to counter Kansas (St. Louis Beacon)

Missouri state Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, plans to introduce a bill to cut the state's business income taxes in half. He and Senate leader Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, say tax cuts will be a prime focus in 2013, in part because of Kansas' elimination of business taxes.

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St. Louis County Council extends anti-discrimination ordinances to gays (St. Louis Beacon)

The St. Louis County Council voted 4-3 to include sexual orientation and gender identity in its anti-discrimination ordinances, a move supporters say provides a welcoming message to LGBT people in the state's largest county. Still, an overflow crowd overwhelmingly spoke out against the bill.

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Missouri House Dems push wide-ranging ethics bill (St. Louis Beacon)

Missouri House Democrats unveiled a wide-ranging ethics and campaign finance proposal, which includes instituting campaign contribution limits and curbing lobbyist gifts.

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Audit of Missouri Lottery generally favorable, but questions some contracts and spending (St. Louis Beacon)

State Auditor Tom Schweich's latest audit of the Missouri Lottery suggests that it make sure that competition is involved in operational contracts.  Overall, the auditor rated the lottery's fiscal management as "good."

The attention on the Missouri Lottery comes as such games of chance are increasingly becoming significant sources of income for many states, including Missouri.

According to the audit, released Tuesday, the Lottery collected over $1 billion in sales during the 2011 fiscal year, the last year used in the audit, and directed profits of more than $250 million to public education.

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Senators seek 'emergency' declaration on Mississippi River navigation (St. Louis Beacon)

Lawmakers plan to ask the White House to issue an emergency declaration that would aim to ease low-water navigation problems on the Mississippi River by allowing the Corps of Engineers to increase water releases from reservoirs on the Missouri River. 

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Legislative divides may sink state-based health insurance exchanges (St. Louis Beacon)

President Barack Obama’s re-election seemed to be a death knell to opponents of the Affordable Care Act and health-insurance exchanges. But not in Missouri where Republicans are firming up their resistance when it comes to the state setting up a health-insurance exchange.

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Rabbi Yehoshua Ben Yosef December 08, 2012 at 11:41 PM
I would love to see Paul Revere try to live on a teacher's salary.
Paul Stanley December 09, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Paul Revere, Below I have included the link to the 2012-13 Pattonville teacher contract. On page 8 of you will find the salary schedule for teachers. There are two ways for teachers to move up the schedule, years of experience and the earning of advanced degrees. For your niece to earn the 47,500 salary you claim she reports on her taxes she would have to be employed in the district for at least 4 years AND have a Masters degree plus 15 additional hours of credit. She may earn extra money through coaching, tutoring, working school events, etc... but in regard to your claim that she earns 48,000 a year as a first year teacher I have proven it false. As for your claim that a 5 year teacher would earn 80,000 (which you get to by adding in benefits) you would have to value the benies package at 30,000 and the teacher would have to have a PhD to earn that much in Pattonville. Once again, your facts are wrong. http://o1.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/patch/93b878c91f49fa12896123746c833540
ReverePaul December 09, 2012 at 03:23 AM
once again PaulRevere is just saying whatever comes to his mind because he thinks he's right about everything. Those Daily Show clips are pretty great
Sensible? I think so December 09, 2012 at 03:43 PM
A serious question for you, PaulRevere: Why do you compare St. Louis County teacher salaries with salaries of "Missouri's average worker"? I'm sure we can agree that all salaries, and costs of living, are higher in metropolitan areas.
Sensible? I think so December 09, 2012 at 03:51 PM
"Public school Teachers compare themselves to other Public S. teachers pay. Is that absurd?. Yes!" So, public school teachers should be the only occupation that can't do salary comparisons? THAT is absurd.

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