Part 58 of 58 in the series Educating America By Mary C. Tillotson | Watchdog.org A Missouri ballot initiative to help fund public schools, special education programs and scholarships for private schools has proven popular. The measure has collected about 80,000 signatures and could land on the ballot in November. “We tried to make this proposal so that it would [...]
By Mary C. Tillotson | Watchdog.org One of two Missouri school districts nearing bankruptcy has committed $130,000 to a lobbying firm, claiming the district needs increased state funding to stay afloat. The investment in lobbying, however, may not have increased the district’s chances of getting money from the state. “Anyone from the Normandy School Board or the superintendent [...]
By Johnny Kampis | Missouri Watchdog Amid President Obama’s call to raise the minimum wage nationally, Missouri is one of about 30 states considering an increase on the state level. In a Republican-rich Missouri Legislature such efforts are likely to fail, but the measure may yet get a public vote through the petition process. During his State of [...]
By John K. Ross | for Missouri Watchdog Score one for the little guy. A Missouri appeals court has issued a unanimous ruling prohibiting North Kansas City from seizing a Burger King via eminent domain.
Missouri lawmakers are looking at slegislation to fix the issue of students attending schools in failing districts.
By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org WASHINGTON, D.C. — Bowing to a flurry of cost-cutting amendments on a bill extending unemployment benefits, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he will allow votes Monday on “reasonable” reforms. Reid’s sudden about-face comes after Republicans blasted the Nevada Democrat for unilaterally blocking amendments that could yield $70 billion in taxpayer savings. “I am [...]
By John K. Ross | for Missouri Watchdog Last month, a federal appeals court rejected a bid by a group of 250 taxicab drivers to open Kansas City’s market to more competition, saying that while the rules promote favoritism they aren't unconstitutional.
By Johnny Kampis | Missouri Watchdog Absenteeism, Big Brother and…Clowns? Those were the ABCs in 2013 of the government waste, fraud and abuse we love to report about here at Missouri Watchdog. As we approach 2014, let’s take a look back at the year that was. In January, we took another peek at those congressional voting records. You [...]
By Mike Ferguson | for Missouri Watchdog Some grassroots conservatives aren’t pleased with their GOP counterparts who voted for a $1.7 billion tax incentive package to try to lure more Boeing jobs to the Show-Me State. And they plan to come after those Republican Party incumbents in the 2014 midterm elections.
By Susan Wyatt | King 5 Seattle “Rooster Monkburn” the cowboy sock monkey is without his pistol, thanks to a diligent TSA agent in St. Louis. Phyllis May of Redmond, Wash., said she is “appalled and shocked and embarrassed all at the same time” about the incident that happened on Wednesday. May has a small business selling unique sock monkey dolls. [...]
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