Columbia Daily Dish 3/3/2010

Who’s funding candidates in the April election? (CM): “Candidates for the April 6 municipal election filed campaign finance reports last week.”

State unemployment rate drops slightly (CT): “The state unemployment rate dropped slightly in January to 9.5 percent, according to data released Tuesday by the Missouri Department of Economic Development.”

Missouri’s budget hole deepens (CM): “Gov. Jay Nixon began meeting with legislative leaders Tuesday to discuss cutting nearly half a billion dollars from next year’s budget, the same day his office announced a third straight month of double-digit declines in Missouri’s revenue that will likely result in additional cuts in the current year.”

GUEST COMMENTARY: How to fix our city government (CM): “There is a failure in the governance of the city of Columbia. This failure has occurred in the most important function, namely the formulation of public policy, in the most important public institution in the city, namely the Columbia City Council.”

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