Saturday, March 10, 2012
The presidential candidate addressed a crowd of supporters at Lindenwood University's Robert Hyland Arena in St. Charles.
Ron Paul gave an arena full of about 3,000 supporters exactly what they came to hear. The crowd chanted, “Ron Paul! Ron Paul” and “End the Fed” before and during Paul’s address at Lindenwood University’s Robert Hyland Arena in St. Charles. Paul’s said the U.S. government has ignored the Constitution to the country’s peril. “It’s liberty that we need and it can be restored, but only if we send individuals to Washington who know the Constitution and obey the Constitution,” Paul told the cheering crowd. He said the national debt went up a record $200 billion in February, “and that was a short month." He added, "You can’t solve the problem of national debt by spending more money.” Paul pledged that if he’s elected president, he would cut the …
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Results of the federal spending cap will reach local levels next year, affecting strapped county and city budgets.
Now that the debt-ceiling agreement has been reached, where do budget cuts leave federal, state and local governments? It appears there may be more state and local budget cuts to go along with reduced federal spending for fiscal year 2013, which begins July 1, 2012. Show Me Cuts At the state level, Missouri Watchdog reports that the state is preparing to reduce its fiscal year 2013 budget, although officials project tax revenue will increase by 2 percent. State of Missouri Budget Director Linda Luebbering said the 2013 budget gap is driven by the need to replace $460 million in one-time federal budget stabilization and education funds in her 2013 budget instructions. Darned If We Don’t At the national level, a St. Louis Post Dispatch …
Saturday, June 11, 2011
MoDOT's plan to save $512 million by making job, facility and budget cuts is approved. The necessary changes are already taking place.
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approved the Missouri Department of Transportation's (MoDOT) plan to cut staff, facilities and equipment in an effort to save the department $512 million. MoDOT presented the plan to the commission on May 4 and it was approved Wednesday. Read Previous Story: Transportation Funding Crisis Blamed For MoDOT Cuts For the most part, the approved version of the plan is what was presented in May: reduce the size of staff by 1,200, close 135 facilities and sell more than 740 pieces of equipment. MoDOT Director Kevin Keith said that by 2015, this plan will not only save the department $512 million, but it will save the department $117 million annually, which will be used for road and bridge …
Friday, December 24, 2010
St. Charles County Council passes $288 million budget.
- Joe Scott
Friday, December 24, 2010
St. Charles County's 2011 budget will not include employee furloughs, but it does include slashed Community Assistance Board funds, which includes the assistance for the homeless and needy families. The County Council approved the $288-million budget with a 6-1 vote Monday night. Outgoing Councilwoman Cheryl Hibbeler, D-District 1, of O'Fallon, voted against the budget due to her objections regarding cuts in grants to charitable organizations that helps homeless people and less fortunate residents. "I have heartache over a budget that zeroes out some of these items," Hibbeler said. In 2010, five agencies received $50,000 in funding from the county: Mid-East Area Council on Aging, the Community Council, the Arts Council, the County Fair …