Political Rewind: $5 Billion in Stimulus Spending, But How Many Jobs?
Patch prides itself on local coverage, but Missouri politics can have just as much an effect as local government. Here's an easy guide to what happened this week on the state political scene.
Editor's Note: This article was created by aggregating news articles from Missouri Watchdog.
The stimulus bill has poured nearly $5 billion into Missouri, but the impact to the Show Me State is murky because of how the program accounts for jobs created.
Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009, funneling more than $800 billion in federal funds across the country during the recession with the objective of creating new jobs or saving existing ones.
The bill even set up an accounting board and website, where people could easily track where the money is going and for what it’s being used.
What it didn’t do was make it easy to determine exactly how many people are employed because of these stimulus funds. The guidance written by the Office of Management and Budget requires the quarterly accounting of jobs, but it does not make recipients break down which are new jobs, and which are ongoing.
As time runs out on a final appeal concerning a general election measure, officials are ready to send ballots to military and overseas absentee voters.
The Missouri Court of Appealsruled Monday that the summary language written by Secretary of State Robin Carnahan for Constitutional Amendment 3 would stand. The amendment will ask voters on Nov. 6 if they want to give the governor more authority in determining the makeup of the panel that nominates the state’s high court judges.
The eight plaintiffs in the case still could appeal to the Missouri Supreme Court.
Their attorney, Eddie Greim, told Missouri Watchdog on Wednesday that “no decision has been made yet.”
Secretary of State communications director Stacie Temple said she’s not sure if there’s an absolute deadline for an appeal, “but as a practical matter they are running out of time.”
The Missouri Court of Appeals ruled late Monday thatSecretary of State Robin Carnahan’s ballot summary on an amendment regarding judge appointments can stand.
This still doesn’t clear the path for the state to print general election ballots, however, because the plaintiffs in the case still can appeal the case to the Missouri Supreme Court.
This amendment, which Missouri voters will consider during the Nov. 6 election, would give the governor more authority in appointing an extra member to the commission that nominates judges for the Court of Appeals and Missouri Supreme Court. It would also allow the governor to appoint more lawyers to that panel.
Parties involved in an appeal over the language of a state amendment for judge appointments wait as the deadline to prepare general election ballots approaches.
The western division of the Missouri Court of Appeals heard arguments Thursday regarding an initial ruling by a Cole County judge that does not change the original ballot summary penned by Secretary of State Robin Carnahan.
The summary will ask voters on Nov. 6 if they want to give more latitude to the governor in appointing members of the commission that nominates judges for the Missouri Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.
Eight Missouri residents filed a lawsuit challenging the language.