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Two Shadow Representative Eggleston

Two members from the Gallatin R-5 FBLA chapter journeyed to Jefferson City and visited with State Rep. J. Eggleston during Career and Technical Student Organizations Legislative Day activities. Maria Pizzo and Aubrey Nelson, shown here with Rep. Eggleston, were among club members from throughout the state who visited and shadowed legislators. Becca Wiglesworth from Maysville was also a participant. [submitted photo]

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Capitol Perspectives: A Salary Squabble in the Senate Family

by Phill Brooks

A drama unfolded in Missouri’s Senate the likes of which have not been seen in more than four decades. It involved a fight over pay raises for legislators and other elected state officials.

The pay hikes, recommended by the Compensation Commission, automatically take effect unless rejected by a two-thirds majority of the House and Senate. The House overwhelmingly had voted down the raises. But when the issue

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Great Day for the County at the Capital

Great Northwest Day at The Capitol exists as a cooperative effort by Northwest Missouri communities to unify and enhance the region’s image in Jefferson City and to pursue issues and legislation beneficial to the “Great Northwest.”

A number of residents from Daviess County joined others from Northwest Missouri in Jefferson City on Feb. 3 to represent our county and region. Over 250 residents met to inform our state’s legislators and

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Capitol Report: Letter to the District

Dear Fellow NW Missourians,

Today concludes another productive week for legislators at the Missouri capitol, and the weeks to come are sure to get even busier. The Senate has followed the lead of the House and rejected a proposed pay increase for House Members, Senators and the Executive branch. The Dairy Revitalization Act has taken another step through the House toward eventually becoming law. And I was honored to be

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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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