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Area college students demonstrated outside Roy Blunt's office in Clayton today to voice their opposition to the recent interest rate hike on educational loans. Inaction by Congress led to a doubling of the rate from 3.4 to 6.8 percent on July 1. Leaders of Young Activists United anticipated a meeting with Senator Blunt, but Tatericka Holmes, who attends SIUE, says they left disappointed.
"It was basically his secretary who gave us this press release and told us that he was in D.C. and he could talk to us another time. But that's the second time we've heard that so when is he going to speak to us", says Holmes
Holmes says Senator Blunt expects to sponsor a bi-partisan bill capping the student loan interest rate at 8.25 percent, but protestors say that is still too high a price to pay.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's Republican-led Legislature put a priority on cutting taxes this year. But the same lawmakers who passed a $700 million income tax cut also approved numerous little-known fee increases.
One of those measures could increase fees on driver's licenses and vehicle registrations, costing Missourians almost $22 million annually.
Another bill would impose fees on mailed-in speeding traffic tickets, affecting an estimated 170,000 cases annually.
Missourians could pay more to get copies of their own medical records or court transcripts. Businesses could get charged more for certain Agriculture Department services. And court fees could rise in some places.
Although fees and taxes both take money from people, many Republican lawmakers have drawn a philosophical distinction. They say taxes are applied generally, and fees are charged only for specific services.