By Vice President Mary Anne McCollum
Special primary election â€“ House District 87
State Representative Stacey Newman emerged as the winner of the Sept. 25 special primary election in District 87.Â The special election was ordered by the St. Louis County Circuit Court as a result of irregularities that occurred during the August 7thÂ primary election that Rep. Newman won by a single vote.
State Representative Newman was appointed to the Film Commission this past spring and serves as one of 2 House members on the panel.
In related primary results, State Senator Robin Wright Jones, one of two Senate members on the Film Commission, was defeated in a three way primary.
Missouri Tax CreditsÂ
At the request of Gov. Jay Nixon, the Missouri Tax Credit Review Commission reconvened September 12 to take another look at the effectiveness of the stateâ€™s tax credit programs.Â This came as a response to the high amount of tax credits redeemed in the state last year, a record-setting $629.3 million, up 15.4 percent from fy 2011.
Low-income housing credits topped the list with more than $164 million redeemed, followed by historic preservation credits at $133.9 million.Â Twelve programs (film not included) accounted for 89 percent of the 2012 redemptions.
St. Charles County Director of Administration Chuck Gross serves as co-chair of the commission.Â Gov. Nixon has requested an updated report from the commission by December 5.
The MOMMA Board of Directors will be revising the legislative policy in the coming weeks and setting priorities for the 2013 legislative session.Â An update will be coming out prior to the November 6thÂ general election.