As the year comes to a close, we recap some of the stories that made headlines over the past 12 months, and take a look ahead into what 2013 might bring.
Scott Swafford, senior city editor, Columbia Missourian
Lora Wegman, city editor, Columbia Daily Tribune
David Lieb, correspondent, The Associated Press
(joining by phone)
Discussions about balancing the budget for the state of Missouri tend to focus on ways to cut spending. Today we look at the other side of the equation and explore some ideas for increasing revenue to pay for state government programs.
Amy Blouin, executive director, Missouri Budget Project
Chris Kelly, 24th District Missouri House Representative
Misty Snodgrass, legislative and government relations director for the American Cancer Society.
In advance of elections on Tuesday, we discuss the two school funding measures on the ballot. We also examine how the city council and school board races are shaping up. The discussion of school-related items fills the first half of the program; the second half is devoted to city council races.
Andrew Denney, city government reporter, Columbia Tribune
Catherine Martin, K-12 education reporter, Columbia Tribune
Jan Mees, member, Columbia School Board
Jonathan Sessions, member, Columbia School Board
Kip Hill, public life reporter, Columbia Missourian (joining the program by phone)
After months of discussion, the Columbia City Council is expected to soon settle on a redrawn ward map. We follow up our discussion from July with a look at the latest ward reapportionment options under consideration. What are the changes proposed in each of the four maps options -- Trial A, Trial B, Trial D and Trial E? What are the implications of the proposed maps? How might the new boundaries affect the character of individual wards? And most importantly... why are people so worked up over some of the potential changes?
Andrew Denney, Columbia Daily Tribune reporter who has been covering ward reapportionment
Karen Miller, Columbia Missourian reporter who has been covering ward reapportionment
Karl Skala, former third ward councilman
It's time to rework the boundaries that outline the City Council districts in Columbia, thanks to uneven population growth across Columbia over the past 10 years. Panelists -- along with several members of the audience -- discuss the options that have been proposed and the implications of the different scenarios.
Kip Kendrick, president of Benton-Stephens Neighborhood Association
Wiley Miller, Ward Reappointment Committee member (also former psychologist, MU Counseling Center)
Bob Pugh, chair of the Columbia ward reapportionment committee (also former Columbia mayor and current CEO of MBS Textbook Exchange)
Terry Smith, member of the Columbia ward reapportionment committee (also executive vice president and dean of academic affairs at Columbia College)
A month into the job, Columbia's new city manager discusses his recent State of the City report, his priorities for the coming year, and his views on parking garages, tax incentives, development, economic growth, infrastructure, public spending, Columbia Regional Airport, and more.
Mike Matthes, Columbia city manager