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Editor’s note: Senator Dan Hegeman represents the 12th Senate District, which includes the counties of Andrew, Atchison, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Mercer, Nodaway, Putnam, Sullivan, Worth and part of Clay County.

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman

It’s been 12 years since I was last in the Missouri Legislature, having served in the Missouri House of Representatives from 1999 to 2002. But on Wednesday, Jan. 7, I was

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Capital Report: Final Update …and Farewell

by State Sen. Brad Lager

In November of 1863, President Abraham Lincoln shared his belief that our nation’s democracy would not perish as long as we have a “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.” It has always been my belief that our founding fathers never intended for public service to be a career but instead our obligation and opportunity as citizens to serve our communities.

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Capital Report: Experiencing the Joys of Christmas

by State Sen. Brad Lager

In the spirit of the holiday season, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a healthy, happy, and Merry Christmas.

This year, Stephanie and I feel blessed as we experience the joys of Christmas through the eyes of our children (ages 7 and 3). Their enthusiasm and excitement is a great reminder that Christmas is a time to be

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Capital Report: Giving Thanks

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Over the last year, the challenges facing our state and nation have only grown. While some may accept that fact with great concern, the reality is that America has time and again taken great challenges and turned them into opportunities for great achievement. This defines America, the land of opportunity where ordinary individuals can achieve great success through hard work, determination and dedication.

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Capital Report: Caring for Missouri’s Seniors

by State Sen. Brad Lager

As a civilized society, we take the responsibility of caring for those who truly cannot care for themselves very seriously. In some cases, these individuals are senior citizens who have worked for decades to provide for their families and help build the communities in which they live. As they have reached their golden years, economic pressures make it difficult for them to meet their most

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Capital Report: Honoring Our Military Veterans

by State Sen. Brad Lager

From the American Revolution to the war in the Middle East, the men and women of America’s military have a proud heritage of defending freedom and liberty. While this began with colonial farmers leaving their families to take up arms in their fight for liberty, their legacy carries on as brave Americans continue to make great sacrifices to support and defend our nation and our

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Capital Report: When 60% is Considered High

by State Sen. Brad Lager

As American citizens, we have both the privilege and the responsibility of being active participants in our democratic process. Our founding fathers escaped an oppressive government and made great sacrifices in order to establish the greatest system of self-governance. Millions more immigrated here as the United States became the shining star of democracy and a symbol of freedom around the world.

Unfortunately, over that last

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Capital Report: Amendment 3 – Teacher Performance

by State Sen. Brad Lager

In today’s competitive environment, our state and our nation compete on a global playing field for the jobs of tomorrow. One of the key deciders of where a company locates is the quality of the workforce available. Therefore, the future of our state and nation rest directly on our ability to create a workforce that is capable of competing globally.

A 2014 Pearson Education report

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Capital Report: Balancing MO’s Budget and Its Branches

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Under Missouri’s Constitution, the legislature crafts the state’s annual budget and the executive branch implements that budget. In my opinion, it is the most important duty we undertake each year. The House and Senate budget committees spend hundreds of hours going through each and every line-item so that we have the highest confidence possible that the budget is balanced and our state’s fiscal stability is

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