State and Regional News

Changing Missouri's Constitution could be harder under slew of Senate bills

By Yue Yu, Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY — She stood out day and night. She stood out in cold and heat.
Sherry Golden, a home care worker in St. Louis, fought hard to collect signatures to put minimum wage on the November ballot last year.
Her efforts paid off when Missouri voters approved the proposition by a margin of 62-38 percent. Looking back, Golden said the initiative petition process was already difficult under current law.

Secretary of State would have subpoena power under House bill

By Abigail E. Shaw, Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY — Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft wants subpoena power to investigate voter fraud claims.
Rep. Dan Shaul, R-Imperial, proposed legislation that would grant the power to Ashcroft’s office, and a House committee debated the bill Wednesday.

Revenue department criticized for tax miscalculation, lack of transparency

By AVIVA OKESON-HABERMAN, Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY — State lawmakers grilled the Department of Revenue director Wednesday over lack of communication with taxpayers that will result in some Missourians getting an unpleasant surprise when they file their taxes.

Senate gives initial approval to restore low-income housing tax credit

By Tom Coulter, Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY — More than a year after the Missouri Housing Development Commission voted to freeze the state’s Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program, the Senate signaled initial approval Wednesday to bring it back — with a few changes.