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Affordable Care Act Meeting to be Held in Gallatin

University of Missouri Extension and the Northwest Missouri Area Agency on Aging will be holding an informational meeting on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Tuesday, Feb. 10, in Gallatin. The meeting will be held at the Daviess County Library, starting at 7 p.m. There is no charge for the meeting.

This meeting will discuss the Affordable Care Act, and how it affects you and your community. The information offered

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Are You Eligible for a Refund of Your Property Tax or Rent?

The Missouri Property Tax Credit Claim (MO-PTC) is a tax credit available for persons 65 years of age or 100% disabled or 60 years of age and receiving survivors benefits based on their paid real estate taxes or paid rent receipts.

The maximum credit is $750 for renters and $1,100 for homeowners. The actual credit is based on the amount of real estate taxes paid or 20% of the rent

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Ready to Serve Missouri’s 12th District

Editor’s note: Senator Dan Hegeman represents the 12th Senate District, which includes the counties of Andrew, Atchison, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Mercer, Nodaway, Putnam, Sullivan, Worth and part of Clay County.

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman

It’s been 12 years since I was last in the Missouri Legislature, having served in the Missouri House of Representatives from 1999 to 2002. But on Wednesday, Jan. 7, I was

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Looking Forward by Looking Back

by Lee H. Hamilton

With the 114th Congress just underway, the political world is focused intently on the road ahead. Taxes, trade, immigration, climate change, job creation, the Affordable Care Act — there’s a long list of issues and one burning question: whether a Republican Congress and a Democratic President can find common ground.

Yet before we get worked up about what’s to come, we need to take a hard

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Capitol Perspectives: Making a Difference in the Legislature

by Phill Brooks

A few weeks before the start of this year’s legislative session, I was asked by a legislative staffer if I could remember when a wave of new legislators had made a difference. The question was asked in the context of the enormous gains voters handed Republicans in November.

To that staffer’s question, I had to think a bit. It is very difficult for a group of new

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Legislative Issues Set for Region’s Visit to Jefferson City

As legislators are gearing up for a new season in Jefferson City, so too are the citizens of Northwest Missouri. Daviess County Coordinator is Denise Felderman.

Over the past few months, the Great Northwest Day at the Capitol Steering Committee gathered and prioritized legislative issues for the region’s annual visit to the state capitol city on February 3-4.

At this event, approximately 350 people from the 18-county region will visit

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No One Who Works Full Time Should Be Poor in This Country

by Lee H. Hamilton

Recent economic news has been broadly reassuring. Retail sales are strong, November saw the best job gains in three years, the federal deficit is shrinking, the stock market is robust, and the Fed is expressing enough faith in the economy that an interest rate bump next year is considered a certainty.

Yet the public remains unconvinced. This is partly because perceptions haven’t caught up to reality.

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New Missouri State Senator Takes Over

As Brad Lager vacates the state senate, Dan Hegeman takes his place. You may contact him at the capitol by calling 573-751-1415. His email is [email protected] and the physical address is Room 332, State Capitol Building, Jefferson City, MO 65101.

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FSA Announces New Yield Data for Safety Net Calculations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini offered farmers new information to update program payment yields that will help them better select protections offered by the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs.

The new programs, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, are cornerstones of the commodity farm safety, offering farmers protection when market forces cause substantial drops in crop prices and

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