September 28, 2022

Missouri experts discuss state and local responses to climate-related emergencies.

Earlier this month, MOST Policy Initiative and the Washington University Climate Change Program gathered local experts to discuss how states and municipalities can prepare for and respond to natural disasters like flooding. The full recording and selected highlights are available on the MOST YouTube channel.

Missouri lawmakers push ahead on tax cuts, rural credits in special session

Missouri lawmakers are moving swiftly to complete the special session agenda set by Gov. Mike Parson, with both the House and Senate passing incentives for farms and rural businesses and the Senate finishing work on a tax cut.

Science Note: Missouri Tax Overview
Science Note: Tax Credits
Memo: Agricultural Tax Incentives

Kansas City hopes increasing housing and outreach work can end homelessness in 5 years

Ahead of the winter months, the Kansas City Council could soon enact a five-year strategic plan that works to lower those numbers. The city’s Houseless Task Force and the Housing and Community Development Department announced on Thursday a plan called Zero KC, which aims to end homelessness in the city. One of its main goals is to create 200 new rapid rehousing units for households with children and 300 new housing units for unhoused people in permanent supportive housing programs.

Science Note: Homelessness in Missouri
Science Note: Veteran Homelessness
Science Note: Male Homelessness

Missouri and Illinois to get $40 million in federal funds for high-speed rural internet

Nearly $40 million in federal money will flow to rural counties in Missouri and Illinois to build high-speed internet networks, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Thursday. Most of the funding comes in the form of low-interest loans from the Department of Agriculture; some is part of a grant from the ReConnect program, established by Congress in 2019.

Science Note: Broadband Deployment

Applications for our Executive Policy Fellowship continue to be accepted on a rolling basis. MOST Executive Policy Fellows assist state agencies with incorporating data management, analysis, visualization, and integration practices to improve program design and implementation according to agency priorities. Executive Policy Fellows also have opportunities to build policy-relevant skills by participating in professional development activities hosted by MOST and by contributing additional capacity to team projects as appropriate.

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