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State seeking bids for second license office

State revenue officials said Jan. 11 they have decided to again seek bids for a driver’s license office. Last month, the state Revenue Department awarded its first competitively bid contract to run a license office in west St. Louis County ...

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Missouri could have millions more for budget

Missouri could have up to $500 million or so in additional revenue available as lawmakers start work to craft a budget for the coming fiscal year. Missouri is expected to see state revenue growth of about 4 percent in the ...

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Blunt appoints panel to study housing commission

Gov. Matt Blunt has created a panel to recommend changes to save money in the Missouri Housing Development Commission. “Concerns have been raised about the transparency and efficiency of the agency and I have tasked this bipartisan panel to find ...

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House Democrats propose nonpartisan redistricting plan

House Democrats outlined a proposal Jan. 8 that they said would remove political considerations from the drawing of legislative districts. The plan, which is modeled after one used in Iowa, would leave it to the state Demographic and Statistical Unit ...

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Computers defeated again in Senate

Tradition triumphed over technology in the Missouri Senate. Senators rejected a proposed rule change Jan. 8 that would have allowed them to use laptop computers on the chamber floor, marking at least the fifth time in eight years that the ...

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No-call proposed list for robo-calls

Fresh from an election season of recorded campaign messages, Missouri lawmakers are proposing to rein in themselves. More than a dozen lawmakers have filed bills that would allow Missourians to join an expanded telemarketing no-call list that would restrict automated ...

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Blunt: no vice presidential aspirations

Gov. Matt Blunt said Tuesday he is not looking to be a running mate with Republican Governor Mitt Romney if the Massachusetts governor decides to pursue the presidency in 2008. He said he and Romney are good friends only, and ...

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Montee begins MOHELA audit

Just hours after dropping the “interim” before her title, State Auditor Susan Montee waded into one of the thickest political issues facing lawmakers this session with her first audit: a review of the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority. Montee had ...

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Senator blocks education appointee

A newly elected state senator has blocked one Gov. Matt Blunt’s appointees to the state Board of Education. Sen.-elect Jeff Smith, D-St. Louis, said Dec. 27 that he would not sponsor Donayle Whitmore-Smith for Senate confirmation proceedings. Blunt’s office has ...

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Mo. plan seeks to expand health insurance to small businesses

At Fred Steinbach’s new advertising and public relations firm, it’s every man for himself, and every woman for herself, when it comes to health care. Although a 10-member team while at work, the employees are on their own when it ...

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Student loan deal could set precedent

Gov. Matt Blunt calls it an innovative way to finance the buildings where the college students of the future will be taught. Skeptics fear it could make it more difficult for those future students to find affordable loans. But there ...

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