MU Political Science Students Hosts Missouri Senatorial Debate

4 years 3 months 3 weeks ago October 02, 2012 Oct 2, 2012 Tuesday, October 02 2012 Tuesday, October 02, 2012 9:33:00 PM CDT in News
By: Stacy Ike
Embed Code Copied

COLUMBIA - State senate candidates faced off on the University of Missouri campus on Tuesday night.

Student from the political science club prepared questions for the candidates to shed light on their opposing views. The auditorium was filled with more than 70 audience members of all ages. The candidates highlighted their views on specific topics including taxes, education, construction and term limits. 

When it came to cigarette tax, the candidates agreed on the importance of an increase from 17 percent, but for different reasons.

Representative Still said she has pushed the increase of sales tax to generate more revenue for the University and that Schaefer is behind on this initiative.

But Senator Schaefer said he fears the revenue from the proposed cigarette tax increase will keep the legislature from looking for the revenue to pay for education.

"I supported the cigarette tax before the polling came in and several years before he did I was writing about this in the Columbia Tribune so welcome to the party on that, I'm glad you're with us," said Still.

"The fight that we are going to have is, whenever you get a dedicated funding source for something like that used to get general revenue legislators, governors, they simply back out of the corresponding amount in general revenue," said Schaefer.

One political science students asked each candidate on their stance on the repairs for Interstate 70 after MoDot estimated it would take 4 billion dollars to completely renew the highway.

"Right now it is about 4 billion dollars to look at re-doing I-70 across the state, which absolutely needs to be done. I-70 in terms of weight and pavement is far exceeding what it was designed for but if we take MoDots money and don't find another revenue system and we just do I-70, literally for  five years we will spend all of MoDots money on one project to the detriment of all the other highway projects and bridges across the state," said Schaefer.

"I would support bonding as a part of the solution," said Still. "Now is the time to borrow money, the interest rates are cheap and construction industries are hungry, I believe pouring concrete is a very good way to stimulate the economy and get people working...I don't necessarily believe that toll roads are the answer but this is going to take some conversation."

The debate got a little heated when a crowd member asked about a lack of participation from Schaefer about certain controversial issues.

"Whenever there was a tough vote, it seemed like you disappeared and I was wondering if you could speak to that because if you were my representative you would vote every time," said a public member.

Schaefer responded that his only reason for missing votes was because of conflicting duties as Director of Appropriations and mentioned that his opponent Representative Still had missed more votes than him.

Still said the only reason she missed votes was because she was in the hospital because of an allergic reaction. 

Both candidates assured the audience that they would be the best person for the job and wished all attendees happy voting. 

More News

Grid
List
PLATTE CITY (AP) — A medical examiner has ruled that the death of a Missouri woman inside a law enforcement... More >>
1 hour ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 11:57:00 AM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Ameren Missouri's coal-fired power plant near St. Louis violates the... More >>
2 hours ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 11:14:00 AM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Chief Justice Patricia Breckenridge is calling for a review of the way courts hold people... More >>
2 hours ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 11:10:00 AM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Rep. Mike Moon, R-Ash Grove, proposed legislation Tuesday that would completely ban abortions in Missouri. According... More >>
2 hours ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 11:02:00 AM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A court testimony reveals that a drug debt to a St. Louis entrepreneur and his associates... More >>
3 hours ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 10:21:00 AM CST in News
CLAYTON (AP) — A St. Louis County man who hit himself in the head with frying pans has died after... More >>
3 hours ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 9:45:00 AM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Authorities say officers shot and killed one man and wounded another after a police chase in... More >>
4 hours ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 9:22:00 AM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — All seven members of a St. Louis family are hospitalized in critical condition after a house... More >>
4 hours ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 9:20:00 AM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Relatives searching for a missing woman have found the decomposed body of man in a Kansas... More >>
4 hours ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 9:19:00 AM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Authorities say a 24-year-old Kansas City man has pleaded guilty in the shooting death of his... More >>
4 hours ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 9:16:00 AM CST in News
CLAYTON (AP) — A man has been sentenced to five years of probation for his drunken role in a suburban... More >>
4 hours ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 9:12:00 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department said it arrested two armed robbery suspects Monday. Detectives said they arrested 26-year-old... More >>
14 hours ago January 23, 2017 Jan 23, 2017 Monday, January 23 2017 Monday, January 23, 2017 10:40:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department has made an arrest in connection to a shooting in north Columbia Monday evening,... More >>
16 hours ago January 23, 2017 Jan 23, 2017 Monday, January 23 2017 Monday, January 23, 2017 8:47:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA- A recent study from researchers at the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University show sedentary... More >>
17 hours ago January 23, 2017 Jan 23, 2017 Monday, January 23 2017 Monday, January 23, 2017 7:39:00 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A 70-year-old man who told investigators after robbing a Kansas bank that he'd rather be... More >>
18 hours ago January 23, 2017 Jan 23, 2017 Monday, January 23 2017 Monday, January 23, 2017 7:15:01 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's new Republican secretary of state has been defending his decision to appoint a securities industry... More >>
18 hours ago January 23, 2017 Jan 23, 2017 Monday, January 23 2017 Monday, January 23, 2017 7:08:05 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The City of Columbia is looking to improve its apartment recycling program. The program provides recycling containers, which... More >>
18 hours ago January 23, 2017 Jan 23, 2017 Monday, January 23 2017 Monday, January 23, 2017 6:39:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Legislation regarding the safety of Missouri law enforcement officers and first responders continues to be a hot... More >>
19 hours ago January 23, 2017 Jan 23, 2017 Monday, January 23 2017 Monday, January 23, 2017 5:40:00 PM CST in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 45°
2pm 47°
3pm 49°
4pm 49°
5pm 49°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

1:00p
Days of Our Lives
2:00p
The Dr. Oz Show
3:00p
Dr. Phil
1:00p
Maury
2:00p
Judge Alex
2:30p
Judge Alex

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Wall
8:00p
This Is Us
9:00p
Chicago Fire
7:00p
The Flash
8:00p
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld