Missouri Delegation Split on Cut, Cap, and Balance

The Cut, Cap and Balance Act passed the U.S. House 234 to 190 last night with the Missouri delegation split six to three in favor. The bill would introduce immediate cuts in spending to reduce the deficit, put in place enforceable spending caps to put the federal government on the path to a balanced budget, and create a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution as well as a super majority requirement to raise taxes. Congressmen Akin, Hartzler, Graves, Long, Emerson and Luetkemeyer voted in favor. Congressmen Clay, Carnahan and Cleaver voted against.

Local Woman Hurt When Vehicle Hits Tree

A Pontiac misses a curve and sends a local woman to Lake Regional Hospital. Tuesday afternoon at about 12:40, 45-year old Kimberlee Olesen was driving her 2001 Pontiac north on Missouri 5 north of Valley Drive. Kimberlee lost control in a curve, overcorrected, and the Pontiac traveled off the right side of the road down an embankment and hit a tree. Olesen was wearing a seat belt and suffered moderate injuries.

Change of Venue Hearing Delayed

A Lebanon man accused in a triple murder in Camden County will wait until September to find out if his trial will be moved. Fifty-two year old Morris McCabe’s change of venue hearing has been pushed back to September the 12th. McCabe is accused in the shooting deaths of Stoutland residents Don Young, Sally Amos, and Don Meyers at a home near the intersection of Route T and Route H last December.

Joplin Loses Almost 10,000 Jobs in May

The Missouri unemployment rate dropped a tenth of a point from May to June as the state lost almost 13,000 jobs. The Joplin tornado May 22nd led to 9,400 jobs lost in that city. The state lost an additional 3,500 to bring the total to 12,900. The Missouri Department of Economic Development says the state jobless rate fell to 8.8% in June, down from 8.9% in May.

Local Attorney In Contention for Supreme Court Appointment

Thirteen people have applied for a vacancy on the Missouri Supreme Court and one of them is from the Lake area. Lake Ozark attorney Tim Cisar is among the applicants vying to replace Judge Michael Wolff, who will retire next month. A special nominating commission will interview Cisar and the other 12 applicants, and submit the names of three finalists to Governor Nixon, who will make an appointment.

Many Towns, Counties Not Participating in “Back to School” Tax Holiday

Missouri’s 8th Annual “Back-to-School” Sales Tax Holiday runs August 5th thru 7th, giving shoppers the opportunity to save money on clothes, computers and school supplies. Local governments can participate in the holiday and forego local sales tax collection, or can opt out of the holiday and maintain local tax revenue during the holiday. Morgan and Camden Counties are opting out, as are many cities and towns including Osage Beach, Camdenton, Eldon and Laurie. Lake Ozark and Miller County will participate in the Sales Tax Holiday. Under state law, the sales tax holiday begins on the first Friday in August and continues through the following Sunday. This year, the three-day holiday begins at midnight on Friday, August 5 and runs through Sunday, August 7. During this period, the state’s 4.225 percent sales tax will not be assessed on certain purchases.

Sales Taxes Continue Upward Trend in O.B.

Sales tax in the city of Osage Beach is coming in higher than projections for the fourth month in a row. Assistant City Administrator Gina Albertson says the city was reasonable with its estimates.

Alderman Ron Schmitt says he is satisfied with the fact that the city is coming out ahead.

Second quarter numbers showed sales tax $105,000 above projections with an anticipated million dollars or more in excess revenues in all of the city’s funds.