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Public News Service - MO: Budget Policy & Priorities

There are 827,000 Missourians living in poverty, according to the Coalition on Human Needs and Empower Missouri. (Yinan Chen/Pixabay)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri is making progress in its fight against poverty, but some of the programs that have helped make those gains possible are in jeopardy. That's the overall finding of a new report released today by Empower Missouri and the Coalition on Human Needs. Missouri's poverty r

Jay Nixon State Park was closed at the beginning of 2017, while the Eleven Point, Bryant Creek, and Ozark Mountain parks have never been opened. (Missouri State Parks)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Eleven Point, Bryant Creek, Ozark Mountain and Jay Nixon state parks face an uncertain future nearly 10 months into the administration of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens. Business owners and outdoor enthusiasts hope to change that with a signature drive calling attention t

The Missouri Budget Project argues that investments in public services create the foundation on which families and communities can thrive. (Steve Buissinne/Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Thoughtful, bipartisan collaboration is what's needed to improve the U.S. health-care system. That's the perspective of the independent Missouri Budget Project, which argues that a complex problem can't be addressed by a strategy that they say "throws the baby out with the b

Block grants aren't new. Congress in the 1980s narrowly rejected an effort by the Reagan administration to tie Medicaid funding to block grants. (StockSnap/Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act relies on a funding mechanism that is often discussed but not always understood – the block grant. Critics of repeal-and-replace legislation say block grants can sound appealing while doing much damage t

Missouri will look like this before you know it, and plans are in place to help eligible lower-income families pay their utility bills. (12019/Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A utility assistance program that President Donald Trump targeted for elimination in his proposed budget appears to be safe for the winter ahead in Missouri. The short-term plan to fund the government for three more months as Congress debates a longer-term solution means t

The Missouri Budget Project notes that the tax code needs to be fair for everyone while providing necessary resources such as education and infrastructure. (Paweł Szymczuk/Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - On his return trip from visiting hurricane-ravaged Texas, President Donald Trump is expected to make a stop in Springfield today to promote his proposed tax cuts. The president is scheduled to speak at Loren Cook Co., which makes fans and exhaust systems. Traci Gleason, director

Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg were the only dissenters in the Trinity Lutheran Church decision. (Mark Thomas/Pixabay)

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The U.S. Supreme Court's decision allowing religious institutions to receive taxpayer-funded grants marks what may be the end of a debate in Missouri dating back to the 1800s. At issue was whether Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia should have been eligible to receive federa

The National Council for Behavioral Health believes cuts to Medicaid will result in increased costs for police departments, jails and hospital emergency rooms. (paulbr75/Pixabay)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It rips the rug out from under Missourians who struggle with addictions and mental illnesses. That's what behavioral health advocates are saying about the U.S. Senate healthcare reform bill released Thursday. The bill, known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), pr

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