My commentary for KBIA this week looks at what the state will have to do in order to prevent more budget cuts down the road. Given the structural and legislative impediments, it may not bad an easy task.
With the flood of campaign finance information coming forward in the next couple of days, what better time for a KBIA Commentary about... campaign finances?
I would argue no time is better.
My commentary specifically looks at the federal and state campaign finance systems. It also takes a look how outside groups will affect next year's election cycle - including the U.S. Senate race in Missouri.
My KBIA Commentary this week is on debate over the so-called "public option." That's the common term used for a proposal that would establish a government-run program to provide potentially millions of people with health insurance.
I don't typically dwell on Columbia's city government. But Mayor Darwin Hindman's impending retirement got me thinking.
While Hindman was a prominent ambassador for Columbia, his long tenure showcased the structural weaknesses of the office. The mayor of Columbia is essentially an at-large city councilperson with little executive power. And with a big time commitment and no compensation, there doesn't seem to be a big incentive to run for city offices.