Missouri Government News for Week of September 17, 2001
|.||Planes remain grounded, but business still runs smooth (09/21/01)|
Although it may require eliminating some procedures or an excess of time to do normal acts, the public should not worry.
|.||A little more than a week after one of the bloodiest terrorist attacks in our nation's history, Missouri National Guard got a new leader. (09/20/01)|
Holden's nomination will be subject to Senate confirmation.
|.||Missouri's auditor criticizes the Highways Department. (09/20/01)|
The audit found that the department did not have a system to allow adequate evaluation of its five-year construction program.
|.||Airline layoffs could pose economic threat to state budget (09/20/01)|
It is unclear whether St. Louis, where American-owned airline TWA is based, will experience any cuts.
Gov. Bob Holden said that any curtailment of the airline industry would threaten both the state and the region economically.
|.||Second Democratic no-show to committee on collective bargaining angers GOP senators (09/20/01)|
An administration official did give testimony on the governor's use of executive order -- one of many controversies surrounding the issue -- but several key questions went unanswered.
GOP senator Larry Rohrbach was critical of the testimony, and said that Democrats were acting as "puppets on a string for the governor."
|.||Employees at St. Louis-Lambert Airport will not be affected by Boeing layoffs. (09/19/01)|
None of the workers however will be from the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport which serves as the headquarters for the company's military aircraft system.
|.||Possible layoffs in St. Louis may put a heavy load on Social Services. (09/19/01)|
After last week's terrorists attacks, more than 13 thousand people could be unemployed.
Brian Long, the deputy commisioner for the Division of Budget and Planning, says this could tax Social Services' funds.
|.||Attorney General demands fines from price gouging gas stations (09/19/01)|
If the gas stations do not pay the fines by Oct. 1, they face law suits from the state.
|.||Draft Not Necessary, Says Congressman Skelton (09/18/01)|
Skelton made his comments at a news conference in Jefferson City.
|.||Holden cuts back on flying (09/18/01)|
In June, the Associated Press reported that Holden was flying almost every other day. But now, he must cut back because of the budget, says Jerry Nachtigal.
|.||State retirement fund affected by Monday's stock market downturn. (09/17/01)|
The state invests over $4 billion in the stock market to help state employees save for retirement.
|.||State Employees Spend Too Much on Food, Auditor Says (09/17/01)|
McCaskill also spoke about employee use of state cellular phones. Bills for several phones went unquestioned and the state is often not reimbursed for personal calls.