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)
An effort to convert much of Columbia to an enhanced enterprise zone is underway, but not everyone is pleased with the idea. At issue is a blight decree that has some concerned. Panelists explain what goes into making an enhanced enterprise zone and discuss what it’ll mean for the city.
Bernie Andrews, executive vice president, Regional Economic Development Inc. (REDI)
Greg Williams, director, University of Missouri Research Parks
Tracy Greever Rice, interim director, Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis
The Rise of the Creative Class
," are playing out across the country. We'll also find out how mid-Missouri fares as a creative place.
A emerging theory suggests that clusters of creative talent might be the determining factor between regions whose economies flourish and those that fall behind. We explore how these ideas, brought to the fore by Richard Florida's book "
, vice president for Digital Talent Agents
. She’s also involved with the League of Innovators
, a group that works to connect mid-Missouri entrepreneurs.Chris Stevens
, manager of the City of Columbia’s Office of Cultural Affairs Steven Pedigo
, director of research for Creative Class Group
, a consulting firm that advises communities on how to attract creative workers. (Joining the program by phone)
Gov. Jay Nixon has been promoting his Missouri Works Plan as a driver of job creation in the state. But will it succeed? We discuss the latest government efforts to create jobs in Missouri and consider the prospects of the various proposals as they move forward through the legislature.
Panelists:Rep. Stephen Webber
, Democrat, 23rd DistrictRep. Anne Zerr
, Republican, 18th DistrictDaniel Mehan
, President/CEO, Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry (joining by phone)
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