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Politically Speaking: Detailing next week’s special session — and a proposed gas tax hike

Gov. Mike Parson greets students at Ranken Technical College during a day-long tour of St. Louis on Sept. 7, 2018.
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Gov. Mike Parson greets students at Ranken Technical College during a day-long tour of St. Louis on Sept. 7, 2018.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin joins Jason Rosenbaum to talk about Gov. Mike Parson’s decision to call a special session.

The GOP chief executive wants the legislature to pass two bills he vetoed dealing with expanding STEM education and drug courts. Unlike previous special sessions, lawmakers of both parties agree with the ideas — and could approve the new legislation in fairly short order.

Griffin and Rosenbaum also talked about developments in the U.S. Senate race between U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill and Attorney General Josh Hawley. Hawley detailed a plan to overhaul the earned income tax credit, while McCaskill touted the endorsement from a union that represents border patrol agents.

McCaskill also expressed unease that a senior official with the Trump administrationisn’t stepping forwardafter penning an anonymous New York Times op ed this week.

Also on the show, we discussed Proposition D, which gradually raises the state’s gas and diesel taxes by 10 cents over a four year period. The money would go toward funding hundreds of millions of dollars a year for transportation projects.

Proponents, including Parson, believe it will finally address Missouri’s long standing issues with infrastructure. But others are wary about raising taxes. A bid to raise Missouri’s sales tax in 2014 failed by a wide margin.

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Music: “Highway Star” by Deep Purple

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Since entering the world of professional journalism in 2006, Jason Rosenbaum dove head first into the world of politics, policy and even rock and roll music. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Rosenbaum spent more than four years in the Missouri State Capitol writing for the Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri Lawyers Media and the St. Louis Beacon.
Marshall Griffin
St. Louis Public Radio State House Reporter Marshall Griffin is a native of Mississippi and proud alumnus of Ole Miss (welcome to the SEC, Mizzou!). He has been in radio for over 20 years, starting out as a deejay. His big break in news came when the first President Bush ordered the invasion of Panama in 1989. Marshall was working the graveyard shift at a rock station, and began ripping news bulletins off an old AP teletype and reading updates between songs. From there on, his radio career turned toward news reporting and anchoring. In 1999, he became the capital bureau chief for Florida's Radio Networks, and in 2003 he became News Director at WFSU-FM/Florida Public Radio. During his time in Tallahassee he covered seven legislative sessions, Governor Jeb Bush's administration, four hurricanes, the Terri Schiavo saga, and the 2000 presidential recount. Before coming to Missouri, he enjoyed a brief stint in the Blue Ridge Mountains, reporting and anchoring for WWNC-AM in Asheville, North Carolina. Marshall lives in Jefferson City with his wife, Julie, their dogs, Max and Liberty Belle, and their cat, Honey.