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As jurists weigh the fate of convicted terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev after the Boston marathon bombing, a jurist who joined in the unanimous decision to impose the death penalty on another terrorist almost 20 years ago says: "I hope you can live with your decision..."
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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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Capitol Report: The Need for a New Tax Code

by State Sen. Brad Lager

The strength of a state’s economy hinges on whether or not businesses want to come to that state, create jobs there and grow there. Therefore, a state’s business climate directly impacts the future opportunities its citizens will or will not have. This means that elected officials who truly care about long term economic growth must take the steps necessary to create a business climate that

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Capitol Report: Funding Higher Education

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Missouri’s post-secondary education system plays a critical role in our state’s economy. The degrees, courses, and programs offered throughout Missouri’s universities, colleges and technical schools enhance our workforce, bolster economic development, and allow us to compete in an ever-changing world. Therefore, as we look to the future, it is imperative that we have a top tier post-secondary education system in Missouri that is affordable and

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Capitol Report: Common Sense Spending in Our Schools

by State Sen. Brad Lager

There is no single act that guarantees a quality education; and while I do not believe that greater funding automatically translates into a better education, I do believe there is a basic cost associated with securing quality teachers, keeping the buses running, and operating a quality school.  In a world of limited resources, we must look for every opportunity to spend our educational dollars wisely.

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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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