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Hopes for passing sports wagering bill fade in Missouri Senate

Hopes for legalized sports betting faded in the Missouri Senate this week due to a conflict over video lottery terminals. “You know, I’m always optimistic and try to be optimistic,” Sen. Denny Hoskins, R-Warrensburg, told reports on Thursday. “but I think the chances are pretty slim right now.” Hoskins said he was promised by Sen. […]

Missouri seeing double-digit percentage increases in tax collections

Missouri’s net general revenue collections for March increased by $440 million, or 42.6%, compared to March 2021, according to a release from Dan Haug, the state budget director. The fiscal year-to-date net general revenue collection increased 5.6% at the end of March, from $7.85 billion in 2021 to $8.29 billion this year. The report stated […]

Sports wagering tax lowered 20% in bill heading to Missouri Senate

A last-minute amendment lowered the tax rate on sports wagering from 10% to 8% as the Missouri House of Representatives on Thursday approved and forwarded the bill to the Senate. During the informal perfection of bills on Wednesday, Rep. Wes Rogers, D-Kansas City, told the House the state of Kansas was probably going to pass […]

Missouri could offer free tuition for jobs in nursing, transportation

High school graduates looking to become truck drivers, certified nurse assistants and medication technicians could receive free tuition under a bill in the Missouri Legislature. House Bill 2670, sponsored by Rep. Ann Kelley, R-Lamar, would expand the state’s A+ Scholarship program to include paying tuition for training programs lasting less than 15 weeks and less […]

St. Louis uses COVID funds to give eligible youth rail passes

Thousands of young people in the City of St. Louis will receive public transportation courtesy of taxpayers for the remainder of 2022 through $250,000 in American Rescue Plan (ARPA) funds. Metro Transit, the civic organization providing bus and light rail services in Missouri and southwestern Illinois, and city leaders announced an expansion of the Gateway […]

Missouri’s pro-sports teams, casinos unite on sports wagering bill taxing gambling by 10%

After years of building a consensus, Missouri’s six professional sports teams and five of the state’s six casino operators came to Jefferson City on Tuesday to testify in favor of a bill to legalize sports wagering. But the coalition seemed to be the only unanimous force during the three-hour hearing before the House Special Committee […]

After $276.5 million in legal fees, St. Louis city, county get $513 million from NFL settlement

On the night before Christmas, more than $513 million will appear in a joint account of the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County and the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority. They’re not sure how they will spend it, but it’s the result of four years of litigation against National Football League […]