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Senate returns for second half of session

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman

Legislators has returned to Jefferson City after the end of the annual spring break. The break certainly appeared to help ease the tension that had slowed things down in the Senate over the last few weeks. Accordingly, the Senate is again working at its normal, deliberative pace.

The Senate took up several bills on the floor this week, including Senate Bill 698, legislation I’ve

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The real cost of college: Student loan debt

by Sen. Claire McCaskill

The average debt for a Missouri graduate of a four-year institution is more than $25,000. And nearly 60% of Missouri graduates are in debt. That amounts to more than 900,000 borrowers with outstanding federal student loans, owing a total of more than $24 billion.

This enormous debt burden on our students can put college wholly out of reach for kids from families that can’t afford it.

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Poosey Digest: The rabbits will always nibble

PooseyDigest_WPby Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

Margaret was a reasonable woman. Everybody knew that. She was polite, conservative and pious with a capital P. The whole world could be losing its collective head, but Margaret would remain rock solid in her ability to reason through things. Fact is she was probably the most reasonable woman I ever knew except for one thing… her garden. You mess with Margaret’s garden

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Observing April Fool’s Day

Spike_WPApril Fool’s Day is not an official holiday anywhere on the globe. But it’s customarily recognized everywhere. I suppose that’s because there are enough fools to go around.

Leave it to the British to set the etiquette. In the UK, an April fool joke is revealed by shouting at the recipient …but the joking is to cease at midday. A person playing a joke after midday is the “April fool”

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Poosey Digest: Ellen’s spring fling

PooseyDigest_WPby Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

My Aunt Ellen said, “Spring is such a beautiful season. Why ruin it by cleaning your house?” While the other lady relatives rolled their eyes at such a lax attitude, my younger cousins and I thought that Ellen was pretty neat and we heartily agreed with her springtime attitude. When you were young you had two types of older relatives, stodgy and cool,

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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor:

The Poosey Digest in your paper is such a “down to earth” column – I never fail to read it. After reading the article on March 16 titled: Stop! Ya big bully! I have given it a lot of thought.

I worked as a clerk at the election last week and heard so many negative comments about our country and the political system. That gave me much more

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Capitol Perspectives: The soul of the Senate

by Phill Brooks

In the last two weeks before their spring break, Missouri’s Senate has been plagued by a Democratic filibuster I suspect most Missourians would find tedious, boring and irrelevant to their lives. But at the heart of this grid lock is a challenge to an aspect of our government that goes back to ancient Rome.

Many of our founding fathers feared a pure democracy. To provide a protection

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Power to override political withholding

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

The one thing the state legislature is constitutionally obligated to do each year is to establish and pass a state budget. The budget uses smart, conservative estimations of income and then allots that income to the various departments, programs and initiatives of the state government for the good of the citizens.

Once passed, the budget is then given to the governor to implement. The governor,

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General Assembly reaches midpoint of session

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman

This week, the Missouri General Assembly is on legislative spring break, marking the midpoint of the 2016 legislative session.

During the first two months of session, the House and Senate have had extensive committee hearings and floor debate as we began tackling a number of bills. So far, the House and Senate have sent dozens of bills to the opposite chambers for further consideration. The

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