Missouri Government News for Week of November 26, 2001
|.||Holden family opens house to public (11/30/01)|
|.||Missouri in Recession (11/29/01)|
The recession, which reportedly began this past summer, is forecast by Driskill to hopefully recover by late summer 2002, although there is no definite end to the tunnel in sight, said Driskill.
Administration officials stated that more layoffs could be on the way.
|.||Joe Driskill, Director of Missouri's Departmnet of Economic Development, made it official; Missouri is in a recession. (11/29/01)|
|.||Missouri's Public Commission seeks accelerated review of a court order that stalls efforts to require utility service for Missouri's lower income. (11/28/01)|
The PSC change, that would include reconnecting to non-paying customers, has been challenged by two natural gas companies and was struck down by a circuit court earlier this fall.
|.||Missouri economy now in worst shape in 10 years (11/28/01)|
The current mass numbers of layoffs and the dropoff in sales have only been seen in the recessions of the early 1990s and early '80s.
|.||Senator Betty Sims wants several medical issues to be discussed during the up coming session. (11/28/01)|
During the next legislative session, Sims wishes to have bills go through that will help to fix these problems.
|.||Department of Agriculture Audit Leads to Increase in Animal Rescues (11/27/01)|
|.||Missouri's Transportation Director takes harsh criticism from the Senate Transportation Committee (11/27/01)|
The Senators said it is a poor decision when the state is facing budget problems and the Transportation Department is asking for more money for its budget.
The new public relations director's salary is higher than many high-ranking state officials, including the lieutenant governor.
Hungerbeeler says the new person is needed to help the department communicate with the people of Missouri, and he says the salary is so high because he is running the department like a business.
|.||A House committee decides against expanding the state's restriction on telemarketers (11/27/01)|
About half of Missouri's households are now on the no-call list.
Despite calls for expanding businesses and organizations covered by the list, the committee chairman said any major changes should be delayed to give more time to study how the law is working.
|.||Expensive hiring leads to questions from legislature (11/26/01)|
The move is expected to be questioned during the Senate Transportation Committee hearings of Tuesday and Wednesday.
|.||Turkeys in State Facilities (11/21/01)|
But from prisons to mental health facilities, officials plan on providing full turkey dinners with most, if not all, of the trimmings.