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Capitol Report: Who Deserves Tax Relief?

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Earlier this year, the Missouri General Assembly passed the largest tax relief measure in modern history. This proposal was the first step in fixing our broken tax system that has hindered economic opportunities in our state for decades. This legislation would have lowered the tax burden for every citizen and business thereby allowing every hard working Missourian to keep more of their own money to

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Why Can’t Congress Aim Higher?

Editor’s note: Unlike the pablum some elected officials dole out for us to read, the following goes beyond merely identifying problems but actually making points to encourage solutions. It is written as a public service by Lee Hamilton, Director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years.

Congressional budget negotiators are moving to meet a Dec. 13

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Yet Another Delay

by Congressman Sam Graves

Just hours before Americans sat down to their turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce, news trickled out of Washington that the president’s massive health care law was experiencing yet another setback. This time, we learned that the website for small businesses looking to purchase health insurance for their employees will be delayed for a whole year.

In the meantime, business owners will have to devote their time

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Capitol Report: Special Session 2013

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Last week on Black Friday, Gov. Jay Nixon announced his intentions to call the Missouri General Assembly back to Jefferson City for a special legislative session to convene on Dec. 2. The purpose of his call is to modify and expand four tax programs in order for Missouri to submit a financial proposal (tax exemptions and direct subsidies) to Boeing Corporation in hopes of recruiting

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Capitol Report: Defending Freedoms Through State’s Rights

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Our founding fathers established this great nation against unimaginable odds. Many gave their lives and others gave everything they owned to live in a country with a limited federal government, and therefore many freedoms. Unfortunately, over the last decade we have witnessed a federal government that wants to spend more, tax more and regulate more.

In recent years, our federal government has implemented a healthcare

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Capitol Report: Passing a Bipartisan Water Resources Bill

by Congressman Sam Graves

Last week, the House of Representatives passed legislation called the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) by a near unanimous vote of 417-3. This bill will authorize the key missions of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, including navigation and flood prevention projects.

Having efficient water infrastructure is critical to a healthy economy. Passing WRRDA means jobs, trade, competitiveness, and economic development for Missouri and

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Confronting Our Debt Crisis

by Congressman Sam Graves

The government shutdown may be behind us, but our nation’s fiscal woes remain in front of us. The deal that was agreed to last week does nothing to deal with our out-of-control spending or reduce our tremendous debt. Instead, all it does is guarantee more borrowing.

James Madison once said, “I go on the principle that a public debt is a public curse.” But a lot

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Capitol Report: The Tax Credit Debate

by State Sen. Brad Lager

“Tax credit” has become a loaded phrase in the State Capitol. Depending on who you ask, they’re either the greatest economic development tool ever created or government give a ways crippling our budget. The truth lies somewhere in the middle. Some tax credits work, some don’t, and some are nothing more than special perks for special interest.

The legislature has spent years researching, studying and

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Big Five Passed by Silver Haired Legislature

Shirley Leakey, Representative from Daviess County, attended the meeting.

The Silver Haired Legislature, which is comprised of Missouri senior citizen representatives from 10 AAA regions, met October 9-11 in Jefferson City for its annual legislative session. Daviess County is one of 18 counties in the northwest region and was represented by Shirley Leakey.The five final 2013 bills passed were:

- Restore and increase funding for Medicaid home delivered and congregate

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