“The non-progress report on the legislature’s special session we issued at mid-week needs a quick update because it appears progress has been made. To hear legislative leaders talk, you’d think two busy days will polish off all problems and lawmakers can go back to their summer pursuits. So here’s a progress report at the end of the week.”
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Monday, June 28th
- 10:00 a.m. – House technical session convenes
- 10:00 a.m. – House Economic Development Committee HHR7
- 01:00 p.m. – House Retirement Committee, HHR
- 03:00 p.m. – Senate Veterans Affairs, Pensions, Urban Affairs Committee, Senate Lounge
- 04:00 p.m. – House Rules Committee, HHR3
Tuesday, June 29th
- 10:00 a.m. – House convenes in special session; Upon morning adjournment: House Fiscal Review Committee, HHR7
- 01:00 p.m. – Senate technical session convenes
- ??:?? p.m. – House returns to 3rd Read bills
Wednesday, June 30th
- 10:00 a.m. – Senate convenes in special session
“Special sessions of the legislature have somewhat different rules from regular sessions and this might be a good time to review some of the basics, now that our lawmakers are returning to the Capitol on Thursday to work on two issues. The Ford bill allows the (auto) company to keep some of the income withholding taxes of employees who will build the next generation of vehicle replacing the current Escape an Mercury Mariner small SUVs
We went back to our recordings of the last day of the session when things fell apart for both bills and dug out our recording of Senate Debate on the automobile manufacturing bill. The voices you’ll hear are Senator Lu Ann Ridgeway, whose district includes Claycomo, Senator Matt Bartle of Lee’s Summit, who is strongly opposed to the whole subsidy plan, Jack Goodman of Nevada who leans away from favoring the idea, Tim Green of St. Louis who favors it, and Jim Lembke of St. Louis and Chuck Purgason of Caulfield who are philosophically opposed to the idea. At the end, sponsor Tom Dempsey of St. Charles puts his bill on the shelf with about three hours left in the session, not enough time to get things worked out enough to get the bill to a vote.”
Not as bad as first feared. But the newest budget withholdings announced by Governor Nixon today are bad enough. He’s withholding $280 million from the budget for the fiscal year starting July 1. The state budget office had recommended a few weeks ago that he withhold $350 million but Nixon says an uptick in state revenue in May provides some hope that today’s withholdings will be enough.
By withholding the money rather than vetoing the appropriations, Nixon leaves the opportunity open to release funds later if state income perks up even more. [video of opening remarks 7 min]
School transportation funding takes the biggest hit—$70 million. He’s also withholding $54 million from a couple of state college scholarship programs although he says the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority will be announcing a $30 program in a few days that will ease the pain of those two other scholarship programs.
Nixon is withholding 447 million in tax credits and 414 million each in Mental Health projects and in Medicaid provider reimbursements from the state.
The new fiscal year, FY11, begins in less than two weeks.
This is a cross-post from Missourinet.com. Story by Bob Priddy