Last week, Missouri lawmakers approved a package of tax credits aimed at attracting a new Boeing facility to the state. Missouri is just one of a little over a dozen states competing to house the new production site of Boeing’s Triple 777x airliner. The company is considering its options following a labor dispute with a machinists union in Washington state.
Missouri’s bid offers the company up to $1.7 billion over 23 years, with the exact amount depending on the number of jobs created. The state is also offering assistance with job training and a pledge from union groups to work around the clock without overtime to build the facility as quickly as possible. Gov. Nixon is widely expected to sign the bill before Boeing’s deadline Tuesday. The company is expected to announce a decision early next year.
This week on Intersection, we’ll take a closer look at Missouri’s offer and talk about ways the state could best attract business in the future.
| | Panelists Chris Kelly
is Democratic state representative for part of northeastern Boone County. Daniel Mehan
is the President and CEO of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the state’s largest business association. Brian Dabson
is the associate dean of MU’s Truman School of Public Affairs.
Last week, Americans across the country took time to celebrate veterans and their contributions to the nation. Here in Columbia, the festivities included a Veterans Day Parade that made its way down 8th Street, ending at the Boone County Courthouse. To mark the occasion, each day since Veteran’s Day KBIA had been airing a variety of personal interviews with soldiers during Morning Edition. The series, which was done in partnership with Storycorps’ Military Voices Initiative and the MU Extension Community Arts Project, will continue through Wednesday.
Today on Intersection we’ll listen to a few of these interviews, and try to get a better understanding of what it’s like to be a veteran returning home, and about military life in general.
Nearly 12 percent of Missouri residents live in poverty, according to U.S. Census data released last month. When you look at single mothers with dependent children, that number shoots up to 44 percent.
Those figures were released in the midst of a larger debate over how effective government handouts are at reducing poverty. In Sept., the U.S. House of Representatives voted to slash funding to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which is also commonly known as food stamps.
Part of that debate is around a proposal to require able-bodied adults to seek work or job training if they want food stamps. But a job doesn't guarantee a ticket out of poverty - according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
, more than 7 percent of Americans who work more than half of the year are still living below the federal poverty level, and that percentage has gone up - it was less than 5 percent in the year 2000.
This week on Intersection, we’ll take a closer look at the causes of poverty in Missouri, and talk about what’s being done to try to bring folks out of it.
| | Panelists: Sandy Rikoon
is a professor in MU’s department of rural sociology and is the director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security, which just published its 2013 version of the Missouri Hunger Atlas
Jeanette Mott Oxford is the Executive Director of the Missouri Association for Social Welfare
and a former state representative. Matt Foulkes
is an Associate Professor in the MU Department of Geography. He also worked on the Hunger Atlas project, and in addition to his study on the geography of food insecurity, he also tracks the migration patterns and behaviors of the rural poor.
As Missouri’s legislature prepares to take on the issue of Medicaid expansion, we explore the potential benefits and drawbacks, and learn how it could impact people across the state.
Karen Edison, dermatologist and director of the University of Missouri Center for Health Policy
Rep. Keith Frederick, R-Rolla, chair of the Missouri House of Representatives Health Care Policy Committee and an orthopedic surgeon
Immediately following Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's annual State of the State address, we brought together panelists inside the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City to provide a first round of analysis. Together we go through the governor's main points and discuss the specific proposals, which include a significant expansion of Medicaid in Missouri, increased funding for education at all levels, consolidation within the Department of Natural Resources, and the elimination of some of the state's 61 different tax credit programs.
Phill Brooks, director of Missouri Digital News and statehouse correspondent for KMOX
Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, 45th District
Rep. Caleb Jones, R-California, 50th District
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)
We bring together three freshly elected state representatives from mid-Missouri to explain their legislative priorities and to discuss what we might expect from the state legislature in the coming year.
Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, state Rep.-elect, 45th District
Rep. Stephen Webber, D-Columbia, state Rep.-elect, 46th District
John Wright, D-Rocheport, state Rep.-elect, 47th District
Why does the amount of college debt keep rising? Are students threatening their own futures by taking on unwieldy debt loads? And how big is the danger of indebted graduates not being able to pay back what they borrowed? We explore the causes and effects of large amounts of student debt.
| |Panelists:Richard Schwartz
, professor of English, University of Missouri and author of “Is a College Education Still Worth the Price? A Dean’s Sobering Perspective”Paul Wagner
, deputy commissioner, Missouri Department of Higher EducationSandy Baum
, professor of economics emerita at Skidmore College and independent higher education policy analyst for the College Board (joining by phone)
A trade deal that Gov. Jay Nixon signed with Chinese officials in October is expected to significantly increase exports between now and 2014. We explore the current state of business relations between Missouri and China, and discuss how they might expand even more in the future.
| |Panelists:Tony Clayton
, president, Clayton Agri-Marking
, a company that exports hogs and horses to China and elsewhereWen Ouyang
, co-director, Confucius Institute
at the University of MissouriHandy Williamson
, vice provost of International Programs at MU.Rosemary Gallant
, principal commercial officer at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing (joining the program by phone)
In light of the announced closure of the University of Missouri Press, we explore the current state of academic publishing and find out what the future holds for university presses. Hosted by Rehman Tungekar.
Tom Quirk, professor of English, MU
Nancy Rediger, director, Truman State University Press
Clair Willcox, editor-in-chief, UM Press
Richard Brown, director, Georgetown University Press (joining by phone)