• by Phil Brooks

While political pundits have focused on the reasons for the crushing defeat of Missouri Democrats, I’ve been wondering about something else -- the opportunity to “Reboot Government.”

  • by Phil Brooks

The FBI’s disclosure of the expanded investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server reminded me of the two times I’ve covered statewide candidates who faced federal criminal investigations.

  • by Phill Brooks

The recent veto session of Missouri’s legislature added another page in an historic record of legislative defeats for the state’s governor. Nearly two-thirds of Jay Nixon’s vetoes were overridden this year.

  • by Sgt. Brent J. Bernhardt
    Public Information
    & Education Officer
    Troop B, Macon
    Missouri State Hwy. Patrol

The summer season is in full swing and many people are heading to Missouri’s rivers and lakes. However, safety needs to be part of your plan. The Highway Patrol has investigated several drownings this year. Rivers and lakes include a number of natural hazards.

  • by Sgt. Brent J. Bernhardt
    Public Information
    & Education Officer
    Mo. State Highway Patrol

Summertime is here, the kids are out of school, and everyone is ready to spend quality time outdoors.

  • by Mark D. Hughes

For most Missourians, the first of July brings plans and preparation to celebrate Independence Day — one of America’s biggest holidays. For all Missourians — and usually with much less fanfare and fireworks — July 1 also brings the beginning of a new state fiscal year and the start of a $27.…

  • by Mark Hughes

Lawmakers have headed back to their districts, but the 2016 session of the Missouri General Assembly is not yet over. Not quite. There are still several days and a bit of work to be done before most of the bills passed this year can become law.

  • by Hannah Lochman

Where do I begin? This year has been a crazy emotional ride. It has been full of beginnings and endings. We went from painting the rock together to living it up during senior week.

  • by Phill Brooks

One of the aspects of the legislative process that regularly surprises my journalism students is that bills are not always introduced to change law.

  • by Sgt. Brent J. Bernhardt
    Public Information
    & Education Officer
    Troop B, Macon
    Missouri State Hwy. Patrol

Do you believe that winter is over?  Is it worth the risk?  Is spring really around the corner? Are you prepared just in case it? Weather in Missouri is very unpredictable and so are the road conditions. Your best chance for safe and low stress travel is preparation - for you, your vehicle, …

  • by Stephen R. Miller
    Chairman
    Missouri Highways
    & Transportation Comm.

Some have wondered over the last several weeks whether re-instating the MoDOT cost-share program or creating some other form of cost-share might offer a solution to the current funding crisis.

  • by Stephen R. Miller
    Chairman
    Missouri Highways
    & Transportation Comm.

I am excited to see that transportation funding is a hot topic in the General Assembly this legislative session. Let’s hope this activity translates into the long-term sustainable funding so desperately needed. As part of these discussions, many are asking the Commission and MoDOT for inform…

  • by Stephen R. Miller
    Chairman
    Missouri Highways
    & Transportation Comm.

The recovery from the Great Recession of 2008 has resulted in increased economic activity in Missouri and an increase in general revenues. So why not just dip into general revenue to address our transportation funding needs – and avoid increasing fees or taxes?

  • by Stephen R. Miller
    Chairman
    Missouri Highways
    & Transportation Comm.

Do you know how many states border Missouri? Eight - more than any other state. Can you name them? See below. If not, you need to be able to. They are both our partners – and our competitors. The fact that we are surrounded by states on all sides is a natural resource.

  • by Stephen R. Miller
    Chairman
    Missouri Highways
    & Transportation Comm.

The end of the year is a time for reflection and hopes for the future. I am often asked how Missouri has come to find itself in the midst of a transportation funding crisis. It is a story of both vision and short-sightedness.

  • by Stephen R. Miller
    Chairman
    Missouri Highways
    & Transportation Comm.

Recently, the U.S. Senate passed and the President signed into law the first long-term transportation bill in over 10 years. The FAST Act (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation) calls for spending $305 billion over the next five years for surface transportation. You have undoubtedly heard …

  • by Bryan Golden

Among other things, the holidays are a time of giving and receiving gifts.  The question most often asked of people is, “what did you get?”  Much less frequently asked is, “what did you give?”  Invariably, the inquiries concern material gifts.  Purchasing a gift can certainly be thoughtful a…

  • by Stephen R. Miller
    Chairman
    Missouri Highway
    & Transportation Comm.

As the Commission approached the task of recruiting a new director to lead our department of transportation, the national search firm warned us to be realistic with our expectations.

  • by Stephen R. Miller
    Chairman
    Missouri Highway
    & Transportation Comm.

Commission gathered recently in Poplar Bluff – the hometown of Senator Doug Libla and House Speaker Todd Richardson. It was great to be with the people of southeast Missouri, on the campus of Three Rivers College. Speaker Richardson reminded all of us that our major industries in Missouri – …

  • by Stephen R. Miller
    Chairman
    Missouri Highways
    & Transportation Comm.

Our failure to invest in transportation has many consequences. I have previously detailed our decaying roads and bridges. Most recently I have highlighted the detrimental effects on Missouri’s construction industry and its workers and professionals. There is still another unseen consequence …

  • by Sgt. Brent J. Bernhardt
    Public Information
    & Education Officer
    Troop B, Macon
    Missouri State Hwy. Patrol

The title says it all: Human trafficking is the equivalent to modern day slavery. The topic of human trafficking is a dark and an uncomfortable issue; but, unless we are willing to have an honest discussion about it, the problem will persist.

  • by Jim Robertson
    President
    Missouri Press Association

A Tribune report last month described a tug of war for emails among supporters of opposing Republican candidates for attorney general in 2016. At the center of the contest is the University of Missouri, the employer of Josh Hawley, a faculty member with the MU School of Law, who wants to be …

  • by Stephen R. Miller
    Chairman
    Missouri Highways &
    Transportation Comm.

Two members of the Missouri General Assembly appeared before the Commission last Wednesday at its meeting in Jefferson City to plead on behalf of their constituents for improvements to bridges within their district.  Hurray for them.  The Commission can speak publicly about Missouri’s 600 cr…

  • by Stephen R. Miller
    Chairman
    Mo. Highways
    & Transportation Comm.

July 1 marked the beginning of a new year for the Missouri Department of Transportation – fiscal year 2016. For many of us a new year is a chance to look forward with great anticipation. The mood was a little different when the Missouri Highways and Transportation Committee gathered in Clint…

  • by Judge Mary R. Russell
    Chief Justice
    Missouri Supreme Court

This month, we celebrate the 800th anniversary of a document that many believe inspired the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. It was in June 1215 that Magna Carta first pronounced that no one – no matter how powerful – is above the law.

  • by Segt. Brent J. Bernhardt
    Public Information
    & Education Officer
    Troop B, Macon
    Mo. State Highway Patrol

After a long cold winter, a large number of Missourians look to the great outdoors for summer fun and recreation. With over 29 floatable streams and 11 major lakes, opportunities to enjoy Missouri’s waterways are boundless. By following state laws specific to waterways and a few simple rules…

  • by Stephen R. Miller
    Chairman
    Missouri Highways and
    Transportation Comm.

“Houston, we have a problem.” Those historic words uttered by Astronaut Jim Lovell in 1970 following a catastrophic event that disabled the Apollo 13 spacecraft, seemingly stranding it in space,  have proven to be one of the great understatements of all time. Well, today in Missouri, we too …

  • by Zach Lewis

Well Class of 2015, we did it. I want to first say what an honor this is; mostly for you all out in that crowd who get to listen to my speech, but especially for me. To our class, you all should feel honored as well. Most of us probably can look in our rearview mirrors and see a few band-aid…

  • by Stephanie Reimer
    District Manager
    Social Security Admin.

On Memorial Day, we honor men and women who died while courageously serving in the U.S. military. We also recognize active duty service members, especially those who have been wounded. Cities and towns across the United States host Memorial Day parades to thank our service members and their …

  • by Sgt. Brent J. Bernhardt
    Public Information
    & Education Officer
    Troop B, Macon
    Missouri State Hwy. Patrol

No one wakes up and says, “I think I will be involved in a traffic crash today.” Yet, in 2013, there were 139,294 crashes reported in the state of Missouri. There were 757 people killed and 49,532 people injured in 2013. Even with these crash numbers, most people still don’t think they can b…

  • by Tim Wolfe
    President
    University of Missouri System

When Marion County residents are too ill or disabled to travel to visit a medical specialist in person for a specific condition, they can still have a real-time visit and diagnosis from a University of Missouri physician via telepresence at the MU Telehealth Network location in the county, a…

  • by Herb B. Kuhn
    President and CEO
    Missouri Hospital Assoc.

Missourians know about the dangers of tornadoes and earthquakes. We don’t think about or fear tsunamis. However, the warning signs of a “silver tsunami” are right before our eyes.

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