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Capital Report: The Need for Tort Reform

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Nearly a decade ago, Missouri lawmakers passed one of the most comprehensive tort reform packages in the nation. With the passage of this legislation, which was signed in to law by Gov Matt Blunt, the legislature had taken an important step towards improving the state’s business climate. One component of that legislative package was the limiting of certain punitive damages to fair and reasonable levels.

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Capital Report: Overriding Support for MO Agriculture

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Missouri farmers feed and fuel the world and they also employ hundreds of thousands of Missouri citizens in the process. As a result, the agriculture industry remains the largest economic engine in Missouri. Therefore, it only makes sense that the future economic health of our state greatly depends on a strong and vibrant agriculture industry.

During the 2014 legislative session, the Missouri General Assembly passed

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Capitol Report: Complaints on Common Core

by Congressman Sam Graves

These days, it has become clearer than ever that Washington is out of touch with the rest of America. This could not be more evident than with the new Common Core education standards.

These Common Core standards started as just an idea when they were adopted by Missouri in 2010, but they have evolved into much more. Originally promoted as state-based education standards, Common Core is

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Capitol Report: Education Opportunities for All MO Students

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Missouri’s post-secondary education system plays a critical role in our state’s economy. The degrees, courses, and programs offered throughout Missouri’s universities, colleges and technical schools enhance our workforce, bolster economic development, and allow us to compete in an ever-changing world. Therefore, as we look to the future, it is imperative that we have an educational system that provides great opportunities for all Missouri’s students.

As

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Capital Report: Supporting Missouri’s Future Farmers

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Over that last two decades, there has been a dramatic reduction in the number of Missourians who rely on the agricultural industry as a way to make a living. As a result, there are fewer individuals to support our rural communities and drive economic activity. Therefore, it is more important than ever that we support and encourage those individuals who desire to grow up and

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Capital Report: Celebrating Missouri’s State Fair

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Last week marked the beginning of the 2014 Missouri State Fair. As the events kick off at the fairgrounds in Sedalia, we are reminded of the important role agriculture has played in shaping the history and culture of our state.

The timing of this year’s fair is particularly appropriate, as two days prior to its opening, Missouri voters narrowly approved a constitutional amendment reaffirming and

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We Need to Stop Digging

by Congressman Sam Graves

Most people know that when you have dug yourself into a hole, the first thing you do is stop digging. Unfortunately, this kind of common sense has escaped many in Washington. Currently, the federal government owns over a quarter of all land in the United States. This is far more land than it is able to maintain; the National Park Service alone has a maintenance backlog

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Capital Report: Amendment 1 – Protecting Farming in Missouri

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Since the early 1800s, Missouri has been known for its agricultural industry. It has long been a pillar of our economy and still today, it remains our largest economic industry, with almost 100,000 farming operations throughout the state. According the Missouri Department of Agriculture, it’s responsible for nearly 300,000 jobs in every area of our state. Nationally, we rank second in the production of cattle,

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Capital Report: Amendment 5

Protecting the right to bear arms

by State Sen. Brad Lager

The U.S. Constitution serves as the foundation of our democracy. This structure, established by our founding fathers, was based on the belief that government should function to protect the rights of its citizens while ensuring their fundamental liberties are guaranteed. Shaped through their experiences to secure their independence, among the most cherished freedoms they prescribed in the Constitution was

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