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Capitol Report: Changing Missouri’s Economic Future

by State Sen. Brad Lager

In 1900, Missouri had 16 congressional delegates. Today, we have eight. So, the rest of the nation has grown proportionally that much faster than Missouri. In the last 100 years, only two states in the nation have not experienced at least one decade of double-digit economic growth, Missouri is one

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Capitol Report: Funding Post-Secondary 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

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Capitol Report: Working to Improve Missouri’s Tax Climate

by State Sen. Brad Lager

As past Chairman of the Joint Committee on Tax Policy, I have spent a tremendous amount of time learning about how different levels of government generate revenue through taxation and how these policies impact economic growth. The financial strength of our economy hinges on whether or not businesses want to

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Capitol Report: Mid-Session Review

by State Sen. Brad Lager

We have already reached the half-way point of the 2013 legislative session. When we convened in January, we laid out an aggressive agenda focused on improving Missouri’s business climate. Keeping with that commitment, we have already successfully passed out legislation dealing with workers compensation, unemployment benefits, and tax policy.

First,

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Capitol Report: Benefits of Early Childhood Education

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Educating children at an early age is part of the cornerstone and foundation for success. The mind of a child has the ability to absorb new information every minute of every day. In fact, studies have shown that the more extensive a child’s day-to-day interactions are, the better they perform

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Capitol Report: Real World Impacts of Federal Healthcare

by State Sen. Brad Lager

In August of 2010, Missouri voters became the first in the nation to cast their ballots in opposition to the federal government’s attempt to take over our healthcare decisions. In the fall of 2012, Missouri’s voters once again made their desires known when they overwhelmingly supported an initiative that would

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Capitol Report: Correcting MO’s Unemployment Law

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Employers across our state have been voicing their concerns about Missouri’s Unemployment Benefits process for many years now. Throughout this time, we have heard testimony about how individuals who have fallen asleep on the job, been drunk at work, been caught using drugs while at work, and even individuals who

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Capitol Report: Fixing Missouri’s Second Injury Fund

by State Sen. Brad Lager

In the last five years, Missouri’s Second Injury Fund has become insolvent. Loopholes and poor eligibility decisions have allowed outrageous abusers to gain access to the fund. As a result, Missouri’s employers are being faced to pay more which put them at a competitive disadvantage with employers in other states.

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Capitol Report: Great Northwest Days

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Last week, the Great Northwest Delegation hosted the 12th Annual Great Northwest Days in Jefferson City. Over 350 business, community, municipal, and county leaders from 18 counties in Northwest Missouri converged on Jefferson City to meet with legislators and advance our priorities. I personally had the opportunity to meet with

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Capitol Perspectives: 2013 State of the State

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Thomas Jefferson, one of our most beloved founding fathers, once said, “My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”

This past week as Governor Jay Nixon delivered the 2013 State of the State address to a joint session of the Missouri General Assembly

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Capitol Report: Fighting Federal Regulation

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Putting Missourians back to work is the single most important thing we can do to rebound from our current economic challenges.

While the private sector, not government, creates jobs, every level of government can help by fostering an economic environment that facilitates innovation and entrepreneurship. With this in mind, one

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Capitol Report: Defending Our Second Amendment Rights

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

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Capitol Report: Cleaning Up Ethics Reform

by State Sen. Brad Lager

This week, Jay Nixon will take the oath of office as he enters his second and final term as Governor of this great state. For me, this week will mark my 11th year of public service at the state level.

During my time in Jefferson City, I have witnessed many

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Capitol Report: The 97th General Assembly

by State Sen. Brad Lager

This week, we will convene the first legislative session of Missouri’s 97th General Assembly.

As the 2013 legislative session begins, we will be joined by many newly elected officials ready to tackle the difficult issues that face our state. Missouri’s voters let their intentions be known as they cast their

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Capitol Report: Plan for the future by reflecting on the past

by State Sen. Brad Lager

From spending fights at the federal level to the most significant federal election of our lifetime, calendar year 2012 will be remembered as a turning point for our nation. The repercussions of these decisions will be felt for generations as their impacts flow into state capitols across the country impacting

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Capitol Report: Experiencing Christmas joy

by State Sen. Brad Lager

During this time of year, I find myself reflecting on the year we are about to complete and preparing for the new and exciting year ahead. It has been an exciting year that will forever change our state and our nation. The electorate voted their beliefs, their values, and their

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Capitol Report: Halt out-of-control spending

by State Sen. Brad Lager

At a time when all levels of government should be working to lessen the burdens on hard-working individuals and businesses, we continue to watch our federal elected officials negotiate on which and what size of additional tax burdens they are about to enact on our nation. At the same time,

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Capitol Report: Tax cuts instead of tax manipulation

by State Sen. Brad Lager

In recent weeks, we have heard a lot about the looming fiscal cliff. This so-called “cliff” is a combination of tax increases in marginal tax rates, a reduction and/or elimination of many tax deductions, and the implementation of many new taxes which were passed in the federal healthcare act. Together

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Capitol Report: Decisions Ahead

by State Sen. Brad Lager

This week, lawmakers are able to begin pre-filing legislation for the 2013 legislative session.

Every year, decisions are made that impact the future of our state, but in 2013, the decisions made and actions taken will determine whether or not Missouri is going to be economically competitive with states like

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Capitol Report: Show-Me Heroes Program

by State Sen. Brad Lager

As a nation, we are grateful to the men and women who sacrifice so much to defend our country’s freedom. They and their families carry the hardships that come with deployments and some carry with them the loss of a loved one who paid the ultimate price defending freedom. In

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Capitol Report: Thanks For This Great Nation

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Throughout our proud history, the future of this great and dynamic nation has never been certain. Regardless, Americans have time and again taken great challenges and turned them into opportunities for great achievement. This is America, the land of opportunity where ordinary individuals can achieve great things through hard work,

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Capitol Report: Voters have spoken

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Last Tuesday, Missourians across this great state exercised their constitutional right to vote and let their voices be heard. Their desires, their decisions, and their votes sent a message and set the direction for our nation and our state.

Missouri’s voters overwhelmingly supported a Republican for President, a Democrat for

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Capitol Report: Vote for judicial accountability

by State Sen. Brad Lager

For nearly a decade, there has been much discussion about the process used to select Missouri’s Appellate and Supreme Court judges. This plan, often called the Missouri Plan, was originally created in the 1940s and came about in an attempt to end the political corruption that had arisen in Missouri’s

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Capitol Report: Think about ‘sin tax’

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Since the downturn of the national economy in 2008, many of us in the legislature have fought hard to make government live within its means without raising taxes. As a result, we have not been able to fund every program at the levels demanded by big government special interests. Many

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Capitol Report: Vote yes on Prop E

by State Sen. Brad Lager

In recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number and the significance of petitions put before the voters. This November will be no different. State and local issues fill up the ballot. While more than 50 attempts (initiative petitions and legislative acts) were made to place an

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