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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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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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Capital Report: Modernizing Missouri’s Criminal Code

by State Sen. Brad Lager

The last time a comprehensive rewrite of Missouri’s criminal code occurred, the Seattle Supersonics were the NBA champions, “Three’s Company” was one of the most popular televisions shows in America, and I was preparing to start pre-school. The year was 1979 and in the 35 years that followed, there has not been a comprehensive review of our state’s criminal code. This has led to an

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Capitol Report: Historic Tax Cut Clears Final Hurdle

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Last week, with a bipartisan vote, the Missouri General Assembly successfully overrode Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a broad-based tax relief package which cleared the final step towards enactment. With this veto override came the first income tax cut in Missouri in almost a century. It also marked the first step in a long journey towards fixing Missouri’s broken tax system.

This tax cut will

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Capitol Report: Fighting to the Finish

by State Sen. Brad Lager

The final weeks of every legislative session are long and demanding as we work to complete our top priorities before the final gavel falls. Throughout this session, we have focused on improving the economic climate in our state thereby increasing the number of economic opportunities for all Missourians.

Last week, we finalized the Senate’s version of the fiscal year 2015 state budget, and the House

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Fixing Missouri’s Broken Tax Credit Program

Capitol Report

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Last week, the legislature sent to the governor a broad-based tax relief bill that, over the next eight years, will allow hard working Missourians to keep more of their own money. Unlike any of the neighboring states which have been cutting taxes, this legislation contains triggers which guarantee certain benchmarks are met, such as increased revenue collections and education funding, before the tax

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Capitol Report: Supreme Court Strikes Blow Against Employers

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Last week, the Missouri Supreme Court continued its attack on job creators as it once again eroded away at Missouri’s employment law. In a 5-2 decision, the court overturned 30 years of case law when dealing with workers compensation claims. This decision opens the door for excessive and frivolous litigation against Missouri employers.

Following the court’s actions, employees no longer have to prove that workers’

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Capitol Report: Tax Day 2014

by State Sen. Brad Lager

April 15th marks the day when the overwhelming majority of taxpaying Americans are required to have their taxes paid. This year, tax freedom day (the day when the nation as a whole has earned enough money to pay its total tax bill) comes three days later than 2013 and will be April 21st. So, every penny earned in this great nation since January 1 through

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