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Capitol Report: Reforming Missouri’s Legal Climate

by State Sen. Brad Lager

When a company decides to relocate to a new state, that business will research a variety of factors before making its decision. While an educated workforce, a reliable transportation infrastructure, and robust technology availability are important, the three aspects that most determine a state’s business climate are taxation, regulation, and litigation.

As public servants, we have a responsibility to create a business climate that will

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Capitol Report: Restoring Balance to Missouri’s Legal Climate

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Elected officials often talk about creating jobs and growing the economy. Normally, their rhetoric revolves around using the state treasury to “incentivize” a business to do what they want. Those of us in the private sector understand that a real pro-business environment involves limited regulation, low taxation and fair litigation.

Businesses want to locate and grow in states that have a pro-business climate. In the

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Capitol Report: New Blood Brings New Opportunities

by State Sen. Brad Lager

In the early 1990s, Missouri’s voters approved a ballot measure that established term limits for members of Missouri’s General Assembly. Prior to this initiative, only Missouri’s Governor and Treasurer had limitations on the length of time they could serve. Therefore, it came as no surprise that there were many members in the legislature that had served for multiple decades.

These limitations were seen as a

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Capitol Report: Missouri Needs a New Path

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Thomas Jefferson, one of our most famous founding fathers, once said, “My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”

Last week, as Governor Jay Nixon delivered the 2014 State of the State Address to the Missouri General Assembly, that statement came to mind on several occasions. The good news is that state government revenues are growing, but the

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Capitol Report: Ensuring a Foundation for Better Government

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Although we are in the early weeks of the 2014 legislative session, the main issues for the Missouri Senate are starting to take shape. I am happy to report that one of the Senate’s top priorities will be ethics reform.

During my time in Jefferson City, I have witnessed many good people take the oath of office. I have also watched them change over time.

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Capitol Report: The 2014 Legislative Session Opens

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Last week, we convened the Second Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly. This will mark my final year in the State Senate and will bring to a close my 12 years of public service. But, before I go, I am going to try and fix some of the broken processes that continue to plaque our public policy process.

While we often talk about big

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Capitol Report: Simplify the Tax Code

by Congressman Sam Graves

Every occupation has its busy season. For farmers, it’s during planting and harvesting. For teachers, it’s the hustle and bustle of a new year. For amusement parks, it’s the summer season. It’s no different for tax accountants who are busy studying up on the over 70,000 pages of tax rules and regulations.

I’ve never understood why we need a tax code that is so complex you

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The Importance of Gubernatorial Appointments

Capitol Report

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Missouri has more than 200 public boards and commissions that act as an interface between citizens and regulators. As regulations are passed down from the federal government or created at the state level, these boards and commissions are responsible for determining how to administer and implement these policies.

These different entities and the citizens who serve on them oversee and regulate many governmental

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Capitol Report: New Year, New Opportunities

by State Sen. Brad Lager

This week, we will usher in a new year. With this new year, many Missourians will make resolutions aimed at improving their lives as they work to manage current challenges and prepare to embrace future opportunities. Similarly, every legislative session is an opportunity to address Missouri’s current challenges and make the bold decisions necessary to enhance the future economic opportunities for Missouri’s hard working citizens.

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