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Capitol Report: Mid-Session Review

by State Sen. Brad Lager

This coming week, the Missouri General Assembly will be on spring break thereby signifying the midpoint of the 2014 legislative session.  We began this session on a mission to strengthen our state’s financial foundation, improve our business climate for job creation, and address many of the issues hindering our children’s education.

To create a dynamic and robust marketplace, we must create a climate in which

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Capitol Report: The Importance of Early Childhood Education

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Every year, numerous bills are filed aimed at improving the educational opportunities for Missouri’s school children. This year is no different, however due to the significant issues surrounding unaccredited school districts; the transfer law has been at the forefront of debate in the Missouri Senate. While this issue is currently the greatest in the urban areas of Missouri, this debate has started a broader conversation

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Capitol Report: Judicial Accountability

by State Sen. Brad Lager

At the cornerstone of our democracy lays the fundamental responsibility of our three branches of government. The legislative branch crafts public policy, the executive branch implements that policy, and the judicial branch ensures the constitutionality of those laws. Unfortunately, throughout the last decade, there has been an unsettling trend as the decisions handed down by our state courts are rewriting Missouri’s public policy.

While our

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Capitol Report: The Importance of a Fair Judicial Branch

by State Sen. Brad Lager
In order for our democracy to be strong, we must foster a system in which everyone has an equal and fair opportunity in the court of law. When a citizen goes before a judge, they expect to have a fair opportunity to plead their case. They expect that judge to make a ruling based on the merits of the law and not personal relationships, friendships

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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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