Missouri House members have endorsed legislation to offer amnesty to delinquent taxpayers.
The measure would waive interest and penalties for those who pay their tax bills between Aug. 1 and Oct. 31. Supporters estimate the measure could bring in as much as $74 million to the state. Plus, they say it would give individuals and companies an opportunity to wipe their slate clean.
The legislation gained first-round approval Wednesday and needs another vote before moving to the Senate.
Some Missouri lawmakers say the state should do away with its tenure system for teachers and make students' academic performance a big part of their evaluations.
A House panel heard testimony Wednesday on legislation that would require 50 percent of a teacher's evaluation to be based on students' scores on state tests. Teachers would not be guaranteed salary increases based on their classroom experience. The changes would take effect in July 2012.
Frank Woodruff Buckles, age 16, U.S. Regular Army, First Ft. Riley Casual Detachment of 102 men. Flags will be lowered in select locations of Mo. until March 8, 2011 to honor Buckles, who died Sunday. (via Wikimedia Commons/ U.S. Library of Congress)