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2016 Legislative Scorecard

2016 Legislative Scorecard

The 2016 Legislative Scorecard is now available.   Each year, United for Missouri selects bills that fall within the fiscally responsible, limited government mission of the organization.  Bills are selected without regard to how any particular legislator voted.  The bills scored have been voted on by both chambers or by one or the other chamber.   The bills are assigned weighted values....

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Happy Independence Day – It Came with a Price!

Happy Independence Day – It Came with a Price!

We enjoy celebrating the 4th of July but seldom give any real thought to the true meaning and cost of Independence Day. Lest we forget, here’s Paul Harvey’s excellent historical account of what this day cost those willing to stand up and be counted!

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Thank you to those who gave all for us!

Thank you to those who gave all for us!

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URGENT: Missouri Senate Considering 400% Tax Increase

URGENT: Missouri Senate Considering 400% Tax Increase

Does Your Senator Support a 400% Tax Increase? Missouri Senate considering giving big tobacco a huge gift – raising their competitors’ prices! “You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension – a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas....

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What’s the 2016 General Assembly Been Up To?

What’s the 2016 General Assembly Been Up To?

The second session of the 98th General Assembly is about at its half-way mark.  The legislature has taken their traditional spring break week and is set to begin the last half of their work on Tuesday afternoon.  This is the time of year that citizens need to be ever watchful as the closing of session sometimes yields unexpected and undesired results! The Missouri Constitution dictates that...

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URGENT: Missouri House Debating Collecting and Sharing Your Healthcare Information!

URGENT: Missouri House Debating Collecting and Sharing Your Healthcare Information!

House Bill 1892 Narcotics Control Act (Prescription Drug Monitoring Program) Places Your Healthcare Data in More Hands Making it Available to Others — Especially Hackers The Missouri House is scheduled to debate and vote on House Bill 1892 – Narcotics Control Act formerly known as the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) this week. HB 1892 is yet another example of broad...

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2016 Legislative Session – Transportation, Ethics, Employee Choice and Licensure

2016 Legislative Session – Transportation, Ethics, Employee Choice and Licensure

The 2nd Regular Session of the 98th General Assembly begins at noon today. The last couple of days, we have addressed the beginning of this year’s legislative session and some of the issues to be watched as the session unfolds. You can read the previous posts by clicking here.   Today we finish with some additional issues we will be watching and asking our members to become engaged...

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2016 Legislative Session – Obamacaid and Education

2016 Legislative Session – Obamacaid and Education

Yesterday we addressed the beginning of this year’s legislative session. You can read more about that by clicking here.   Today we start covering a few of the issues we will be watching and asking our members to become engaged as the session moves along.   Medicaid Expansion (aka Obamacaid) There is no question that when Missourians are asked, and they have been asked several...

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2016 Legislative Session Set to Begin

2016 Legislative Session Set to Begin

Another new year has arrived and with it, the second session of the 98th General Assembly is about to begin.  The Missouri Constitution dictates that the session begin the first Wednesday after the first Monday in January (January 6, 2016) and end no later than 6 P.M. on the first Friday after the second Monday in May (May 13, 2016).   The second session of every General Assembly is...

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

  #2015 #2015Thanksgiving

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Syrian Refugee Crisis — Good Perspective

Syrian Refugee Crisis — Good Perspective

Our friends over at www.mofirst.org share an insightful piece on the Syrian refugee crisis. Ron Calzone writes about the Constitutional as well a Biblical approach to the issue.  We think you will find it interesting and revealing. The Anti-Commandeering Doctrine Is The Best Tool To Fight Federal Refugee Resettlement Programs Neither the General Assembly nor the People need to settle for mere...

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We the People Won Round 1!

We the People Won Round 1!

Judge declares people’s authority to change charter is Constitutional   St. Charles, Mo. – Judge Daniel Pelikan issued his Final Judgement and Order in Jim Pepper, et al., v St. Charles County Missouri, et al. finding in favor of the voters of St Charles County. The City of St Peters, O’ Fallon, Lake St. Louis and two taxpayers sued voters to overturn their adoption in November 2014 of a...

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Scorecard Comparison: Regular Session v. Veto

Scorecard Comparison: Regular Session v. Veto

In Scorecard Update: Veto Session, we provided the updated scores for legislators based on the evaluated bills that were taken up in veto session.  There was not much change in the Senate but lots of changes in the House. Three senators increased their scores because they were able to vote on House Bill 722 during veto session but were absent during the vote on the bill during regular session....

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Scorecard Update: Veto Session

Scorecard Update: Veto Session

Yesterday the Constitutionally mandated veto session took place. Three bills we scored during session were acted on during veto session. The scores have been updated to reflect those outcomes. The new summary scores (searchable by name, etc.) follow. The detail votes can be found at the end of the blog. 2015 House Scorecard Veto Update 2015 Senate Scorecard Veto Session Update The biggest...

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Right-to-Work Statements: True or False?

Right-to-Work Statements: True or False?

During the discussion of House Bill (HB) 116, commonly known as Worker Freedom or Right to Work (RTW), both as it was being passed during session and leading up to the veto override on September 16th there has been a great deal of misleading and downright false statements made about RTW. Most of these statements come from union talking points that sadly a lot of union members take as gospel and...

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Confronting Missouri’s Growth Deficit

Confronting Missouri’s Growth Deficit

Missouri lags all surrounding states and national average in real per capita income growth. Missourians making $1,867 per year less without RIGHT-TO-WORK Law A study released today clearly demonstrates Missouri’s economic performance lags not only the national average but the economic performance of all surrounding states. The study was performed on behalf of United for Missouri, a statewide...

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2015 Legislative Scorecard

2015 Legislative Scorecard

The 2015 Legislative Scorecard is now available. Each year, United for Missouri selects bills that fall into the fiscal responsible, limited government mission of the organization.  Bills are selected without regard to how any particular legislator voted.  The bills scored have either been voted on by both chambers or by one or the other. The bills are assigned weighted values.  For example,...

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URGENT: Encourage YOUR legislators to override Governor Nixon’s veto of HB 116!

URGENT: Encourage YOUR legislators to override Governor Nixon’s veto of HB 116!

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Thank You to Those Who Gave All!

Thank You to Those Who Gave All!

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URGENT: A Subtle Attack on Property Rights is Taking Place but this Time It’s not Government!

URGENT: A Subtle Attack on Property Rights is Taking Place but this Time It’s not Government!

Stand up for the free-market, and your right to use, give away or resell your tickets however you choose.   Click here to urge your Lawmakers to vote Yes on House Bill (HB) 939 Not All Attacks on Private Property Rights Come from Government!   Most of the time when we think about attacks on our property rights it’s usually regarding some action government has taken. Today I am...

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Legislative Session First Half Over -Second Half Set to Begin

Legislative Session First Half Over -Second Half Set to Begin

Activity on Tracked Bills When the legislative session begins we usually have items of interests that we intend to monitor, educate our members on and activate them on as needed. Often times these issues are supplemented by “new” ones that pop up as session starts to roll.   With the completion of the first half of the session, here is where some of the bills and...

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“Ft Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce” Numbers Released Today

“Ft Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce” Numbers Released Today

According to David W. Maurer, writing in The Big Con (1940), there was a saying amongst con men: “There’s a mark born every minute, and one to trim ’em and one to knock ’em”. Here ‘trim’ means to rip off, and ‘knock’ means to persuade away from a scam. The meaning is that there is no shortage of new victims, nor of con men, nor of honest...

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Myths and Half-truths: New Stadium Proposal

Myths and Half-truths: New Stadium Proposal

As the new stadium proposal is discussed, many people have either read, been told or just think so many things that aren’t accurate or true. Here’s a list of the most common Myths and Half-truths about the new stadium proposal. It will be updated as more Myths and Half-truths present themselves. Click here to let the Governor and your legislators know you oppose public funding of a...

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St Louis Media: Objective Reports or Cheerleaders?

St Louis Media: Objective Reports or Cheerleaders?

It’s been interesting to watch the St Louis media folks both news and sports get into the stadium hype. We’ve heard them faithfully report every announcement from the Governor, David Peacock, the Sports Authority and janitor at the Edward Jones Dome. With the exception of one or two instances in the period since the announcement was made about the new stadium proposal the...

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How Important are Optics?

How Important are Optics?

The legislative session is rolling along. More tax reform being proposed, Medicaid expansion being opposed for the most part and of course the Governor is proposing to build us all a brand new stadium in St Louis! Are you excited yet? It’s still early to get too excited about various proposals but we are watching the legislature and seeing which ones are going to take shape and have...

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Do You Want to build a Snowman? How About a Stadium?

Do You Want to build a Snowman? How About a Stadium?

If you have kids or grand-kids you know all about Frozen, a very popular animated fictional movie.  The song, “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” is one of the most popular from the movie.  In the song, Anna is soulfully pleading for Elsa to come out and play. Click here to let Governor Nixon and you legislators know you DO NOT want to build a stadium! Governor Jay Nixon is working...

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Wrong Way Jay’s Turn Tonight

Wrong Way Jay’s Turn Tonight

If you didn’t watch President Obama’s State of the Union (SOTU) address last night you’re not alone. More people watch the Super Bowl, at least the commercials, than tune in to the President’s annual “it’s everybody else’s fault but mine — here take this from them” address! Tonight it is Governor Jay Nixon’s turn. He will be delivering...

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Governor Nixon Thinks You Want to Fund a New Football Stadium!

Governor Nixon Thinks You Want to Fund a New Football Stadium!

Uses deceptive language indicating it will not cost taxpayers more!    Governor Nixon appointed two individuals to come up with a proposal to keep the St Louis Rams in St Louis.  The action itself is not a bad thing. Keeping an NFL team in St Louis is a worthy objective. Where the wheels come off is when the proposal puts the taxpayers on the hook for $300-400 million plus! The plan the...

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The 98th General Assembly

The 98th General Assembly

Missouri Constitution, Article III, Section 20. The general assembly shall meet on the first Wednesday after the first Monday in January following each general election.   Wednesday, January 7, 2015 the members of the 98th General Assembly will gather at noon and take their oath of office. Some will take those oaths seriously and try to limit government! As is usually the case, many bills...

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas from the Grinch!

Merry Christmas from the Grinch!

The citizens of St Charles County, most of whom live within municipal boundaries, overwhelming approved a Charter amendment to ban red light cameras everywhere in the county.  As we wrote in City Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Ban on Red Light Cameras! the voters of St Charles County approved Proposition Red Light by almost 73% vote. Alas, the Grinch (St Peters, O’Fallon, Lake St Louis and...

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Help Keep Missouri Citizens Alert and Educated!

Help Keep Missouri Citizens Alert and Educated!

Are you worried what direction our local, state and national government is  heading…. Here’s your opportunity to have a voice in your state capitol! United for Missouri’s Future is a non-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, committed to educating and enlightening citizens about the impact state and federal economic policies have on our state. By contributing to United for...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thank You!

Thank You!

Thank you veterans    

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City Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Ban on Red Light Cameras!

City Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Ban on Red Light Cameras!

Yesterday was a sea change all across America. The big government policies supported by President Obama — he said that was what was on the ballot — were rejected overwhelmingly by the American voters! Another overwhelming victory was claimed last night in St Charles County.  By a vote of 69,456 YES to 26,218 NO a Charter amendment was adopted to ban automated traffic enforcement...

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Will You Choose Liberty or Government Revenue?

Will You Choose Liberty or Government Revenue?

On November 4th, St Charles County residents will get to express their support for liberty by voting YES on Proposition Red Light Camera. The measure is simple and direct. The citizens of the County which includes every resident of every city will decide whether the use of automated traffic enforcement devices like red light cameras, speed cameras, etc. will be allowed anywhere St Charles...

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St Peters Officially Misleads Residents

St Peters Officially Misleads Residents

I recently was provided a link to a write-up that St Peters has regarding Proposition Red Light Camera that will appear on the November 4th ballot in St Charles County. The information is riddled with conjecture if not outright inaccuracies about what could happen if the VOTERS of St Charles County ban red lights countywide. The article is full of political hyperbole, suppositions, worse case...

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United for Missouri Recommends: November Ballot Issue Edition

United for Missouri Recommends: November Ballot Issue Edition

The August primary ballot was loaded with ballot issues and the November 4th ballot will be also.  United for Missouri does not endorse or oppose candidates for office but we do offer our recommendations on ballot issues. The November 4th ballot will contain four (4) proposed amendments to our state Constitution. We the People reserved the right to change our Constitution ourselves which means...

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We Will Never Forget!

We Will Never Forget!

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Veto Session

Veto Session

Today the General Assembly meets in the Constitutionally mandated veto session. Every bill and budget line item veto will be subject to override. The Governor has spent a lot of time going around the state seeking support for what he calls #FridayFavors. His contention is that hundreds of millions of dollars in tax cuts were given to businesses at the expense of education (his favorite whipping...

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United for Missouri Recommends

United for Missouri Recommends

Tomorrow when we go to the polls we will be asked to vote on state and local candidates for office. United for Missouri does not endorse or oppose candidates for office. However, we will also be voting on five (5) proposed amendments to our state Constitution. We the People reserved the right to change our Constitution to ourselves which means the Governor nor the General Assembly may do so on...

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2014 Legislative Scorecard

2014 Legislative Scorecard

United for Missouri is committed to educating and mobilizing citizens about the impact of limited government and economic policy on the state and the impact of the federal government exceeding its Constitutional limits on achieving growth, opportunity and prosperity. United for Missouri’s programs, analyses and issue advocacy will help state and federal legislators, state wide elected...

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Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

Today we celebrate our independence. Today, let’s commit to keeping it!  

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ATTENTION: Public Hearings on Noranda versus Ameren

ATTENTION: Public Hearings on Noranda versus Ameren

GET ENGAGED IN OUR ENERGY POLICY INITIATIVE PUBLIC HEARING OPPORTUNITIES June 9 at 6:00 p.m. Caruthersville Armory 801 West 3rd Street Caruthersville, MO June 10 at 6:00 p.m. Harris Stowe State University Givens Administration Building Main Auditorium, #112, 3026 Laclede St. Louis, MO June 11 at 6:00 p.m. Governor Office Building 200 Madison Street Room #450 Jefferson City, MO The PSC...

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70th Anniversary of D-Day

70th Anniversary of D-Day

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Energy Policy Initiative

Energy Policy Initiative

Stay tuned for an announcement and opportunity to get engaged in shaping our state’s energy policy! In the meantime, here’s a great piece by our friend Phil Kerpen about what these “pollution” issues are really all about. Enjoy! http://www.americancommitment.org/content/pollution-and-english-language Pollution and the English Language By Phil Kerpen You wouldn’t know...

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For Those Who Gave Their All for Us

For Those Who Gave Their All for Us

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ATTENTION St Charles County – Urgent Action Required

ATTENTION St Charles County – Urgent Action Required

Red Light Cameras are an Attack on Your Liberties! County Councilman Joe Brazil has sponsored an amendment to the St Charles County Charter (the county’s constitution) that would prohibit red light cameras anywhere in the county including any municipality.  As you might suspect, municipalities don’t like the idea. While they claim that red light cameras area about safety, we know that...

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Historic Tax Cut Now Law!

Historic Tax Cut Now Law!

Yesterday, the Missouri House joined with the Missouri Senate in an override of Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of Senate Bill (SB) 509. SB509 is the first broad-based tax cut for working Missourians in 93 years. It’s a very modest tax cut that will give every working Missourian a tax cut when it begins to phase-in in 2017. Here are the basic elements of SB509: The top income tax rate of 6% will...

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Statement on Nixa R-II Bond Issue

Statement on Nixa R-II Bond Issue

(Springfield, MO) – United for Missouri has over 76,000 grassroots members statewide. Many of our members are in Southwest Missouri and a large number in the Springfield/Nixa area. We were contacted by a member who expressed concern about the bond issue. We had recently reviewed the Auditor’s report on bonding. Nixa had participated in 3 no-bid bond issuances according to the Auditor’s...

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The Use of False Narratives to Defend Obamacaid

The Use of False Narratives to Defend Obamacaid

Occasionally my name will come up on the floor of the House or Senate. Most of the time, it’s a kind reference. Other times, it’s not so kind and without exception, demonstrably untrue. Such was the case last week. During debate on Senator Gary Romine’s Medicaid reform bill, Senator John Lamping and four other senators made it clear they would not let the bill pass as a vehicle...

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URGENT ACTION – House Committee to Hear Medicaid Expansion Bill!

URGENT ACTION – House Committee to Hear Medicaid Expansion Bill!

I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.- James Madison   CLICK HERE to let your elected officials know you oppose the Obamacare Medicaid expansion supported by Governor Nixon and big government spending special interests. Tell them to vote NO on...

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Legislative Update 2014-01

Legislative Update 2014-01

The Missouri General Assembly has been in session for about a month.  This is the second regular session which means things move a little faster than when the new legislative body is convened. Today, we will take a look at some key areas making their way through the legislature. Tax Reform The Senate and the House are moving quickly on providing all Missourians a broad based income tax cut. The...

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Using Obamacare to Stop Obamacare!

Using Obamacare to Stop Obamacare!

The following is a post from Jim Lembke. Jim’s post describes Senator John Lamping’s skillful use of Obamacare to stop Obamacare in Missouri! ===================================================================== In 2012 the U.S. Supreme Court made two profound statements within it’s less than profound opinion NFIB vs. Sebelius: “By denying any one government complete...

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Real Jay Nixon Delivered State of the State Speech!

Real Jay Nixon Delivered State of the State Speech!

Last night, Governor Jeremiah Wilson Nixon re-introduced himself to the liberal wing of the national Democrat party (h/t Sen John Lamping) with a rousing, budget busting speech. Rousing that is if you are a believer that government is the solution to problems – despite the fact that government causes more problems than they solve! Borrowing from the DC play book, he proposed spending money...

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Be Wary of What You Hear in the State of the State!

Be Wary of What You Hear in the State of the State!

Governor Nixon will deliver the State of the State (SoS) address on Tuesday, January 21, 2014. The SoS usually contains a list of accomplishments and the Governor’s budget proposal. You can count on the fact that there will be some things left out of the address. For example, you will hear about all the promises to education and the proposed increased spending in the budget. What you...

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97th General Assembly – Part Deux, Episode 2

97th General Assembly – Part Deux, Episode 2

Yesterday we wrote about our members’ priorities for the legislative session.  They are: Tax Reform No Medicaid Expansion Employee Freedom Based on real-world data, our members believe the best way to stimulate our state’s economy is through tax reform.  You can read our blog posting about that issue here. Today, we talk about the second priority – No Medicaid...

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97th General Assembly – Part Deux

97th General Assembly – Part Deux

The 97th General Assembly, Second Regular session will begin at noon on Wednesday, January 8, 2014. Our membership has coalesced around three primary issues for the upcoming session which will end on May 16, 2014. Tax Reform No Medicaid Expansion Employee Freedom The first priority we will discuss today is Tax Reform. Tax Reform Missouri’s economy and it’s recovery is lagging even...

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