Democrats in the Missouri House and Senate unveiled their legislative priorities on Monday, outlining several issues the lawmakers say are aimed at “moving Missouri forward.” However, many of the key proposals figure to encounter unflinching resistance from Republican supermajorities in both houses of the General Assembly.
The Democrats’ aims include expanding Medicaid coverage to more low-income people in the state; raising the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour; and broadening Missouri’s definition of discrimination to include LGBT people.
The piece of the Democrats’ agenda that appears most likely to pass the Legislature is an ethics proposal that would ban all gifts from lobbyists. Republican lawmakers are pushing their own version of ethics reform, which has passed the House already.
However, GOP leadership has not wavered in its opposition to Medicaid expansion, one of the mandates of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Republican leaders also suggested after Gov. Jay Nixon’s State of the State address that LGBT protections would not receive support from their caucus.