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Top Of The Morning news: Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Apr 11, 2012

Missouri Senators propose fix for blind pension funding.  A Missouri House committee hears a stripped-down version of a workplace discrimination bill.  Advocacy groups call for Missouri to raise more revenue with a bake sale.  It’s a daily digest of headlines from  KCUR.

Missouri Budget Writers Propose Fix For Blind Pensions

Budget writers in the Missouri Senate have crafted a proposal designed to preserve funding for blind pensions. The plan announced by Senate Appropriations Chairman Kurt Schaefer (R, Columbia) would use $18 million in federal Medicaid money to create a new blind pension health care fund.  Find out more here.

Missouri House Committee Hears Stripped Down Workplace Discrimination Bill

A State House committee began a hearing Tuesday into a stripped-down version of the workplace discrimination bill.  Governor Jay Nixon (D) vetoed the House version last month, so backers are now pushing a revised bill that will primarily focus on protecting whistleblowers.  State Rep. Kevin Elmer (R, Nixa) says language that would redefine workplace discrimination as a motivating factor instead of a contributing one has been removed.  Read more here.

Raising Revenue One Cupcake At A Time?

Several groups critical of the no new taxes stance of both Democratic Governor Jay Nixon and Republican legislative leaders held a bake sale today at the Missouri Capitol.  The event was held to highlight what the participants say is a lack of effort to explore new ways to raise revenue.  Find out more here.

Royals Beat the Oakland A’s 3-0

Pitcher Danny Duffy allowed one hit in six innings last night as the Kansas City Royals blanked the Oakland A’s 3-0.  The game was shortened to eight innings on account of rain.  The two teams will wrap up their three-game series this afternoon in Oakland.