On a cold and gray Saturday morning in Memphis, a group of grassroots activists willing to be community leaders in making Missouri the economic engine of the Midwest heard those words from Tennessee State Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown). Senator Kelsey serves on the Senate Fiscal Review Committee and has firsthand knowledge of Tennessee’s budget picture and its economic performance. Despite the recession and economic downturn, exacerbated by too much government borrowing and spending in Washington, D.C., the senator is able to say “the sun is shining on Tennessee.”
Over the coming weeks and months, you will find more stories about the sun shining in Tennessee. You will learn that Missouri and Tennessee are like twins separated at birth, brought up in different environments with different opportunities and, yes, with different outcomes. Many of you will be surprised to learn that the state with the most opportunities presented to it at its adoption has fallen behind its twin in economic performance.
You will be provided facts and data that clearly show reforming Missouri’s tax system, eliminating the state income tax and replacing it with a consumer-driven consumption tax will improve Missouri’s economic performance, create jobs and make us the economic engine of the Midwest. You will learn that the opponents of moving Missouri forward are ignoring facts, attempting to create fear, creating their own realities and protecting their own or their clients’ comfortable and in most cases, rent-seeking (hand in taxpayers’ pockets) positions.
I look forward over the coming months to laying out for Missourians how the sun can once again be shining on Missouri, just as it does on Tennessee.