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Capitol Perspectives: Fiscal discipline in state government

CapitolPerspectives_WPThe legislature’s recent approval of a major tax cut for businesses and income tax payers has caused me to think about the history of fiscal discipline in Missouri.

In its laws, as well as legislative practices, Missouri has a far stronger system for controlling government’s spending appetites than does the federal government. Unlike the federal government that can print as many dollar bills as needed, Missouri’s Constitution prohibits deficit spending

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Capitol Perspectives: Abortion Politics

by Phill Brooks

One of the major changes in Missouri’s legislature in recent years has been the decline of abortion politics. That is not to say that lawmakers have reached a consensus on abortion rights. Just the opposite. Abortion remains an issue of deep and sometimes emotional divide within Missouri’s General Assembly.

Rather, abortion no longer is a dominating factor that affects a variety of issues that would seem to

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Capitol Report: Thanks For This Great Nation

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Throughout our proud history, the future of this great and dynamic nation has never been certain. Regardless, Americans have time and again taken great challenges and turned them into opportunities for great achievement. This is America, the land of opportunity where ordinary individuals can achieve great things through hard work, determination and dedication.

Those who have come before us have faced greater despair and endured

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