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Capitol Perspectives: A Missouri Senate lion

by Phill Brooks

This March, Missouri lost one of the most effective state senators I’ve seen, and one of the most complex, fascinating and dedicated. He was John Schneider, a St. Louis County Democrat, who died on March 2 at the age of 80.

Until voter-approved term limits kicked him out of office, he had served in Missouri’s Senate nearly one third of a century — from 1971 until 2002.

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A clarification on minimum wage law

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

The federal minimum wage is currently at $7.25 per hour. Our Missouri minimum wage is adjusted based on the Consumer Price Index, and now stands at $7.70 per hour.

This week, the House dealt with a minimum wage issue not regarding the amount of the minimum wage, but whether individual towns and cities could set their own minimum wages different from the state’s minimum wage.

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The real deal on Real ID

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

One of the issues that has come up at the capitol in the last two sessions is Real ID. This specifically involves the federal government’s threat to not allow Missourians on airplanes or military bases unless we change our system of issuing drivers licenses to comply with their wishes by January 2018.

I have received a few calls and emails from constituents about Real ID,

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We’re about to pay for unheeded budget warnings

by Phill Brooks

As legislators begin the arduous task crafting next fiscal year’s multi-billion dollar budget for state government, they are facing an historic challenge. Revenue shortfalls have forced the governor to propose some of the deepest spending cuts I can remember.

It’s not a surprise. For decades there have been warnings that the state was heading for a financial train wreck.

Only a few years after Missouri voters approved

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Unemployment dejavu

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

When someone is laid off or fired from a job, it is possible they may be able to collect unemployment money from the government. The government collects that money from Missouri businesses, primarily the former employers of those who are now unemployed. So essentially, businesses have to pay people who no longer do any work for them.

The unemployed worker needs to be actively seeking

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Rep. Graves lauds WOTUS decision

U.S. Representative Sam Graves issued the following statement after President Trump took a step towards permanently eliminating the Obama Administration’s Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. Trump instructed federal authorities to review and work towards repealing WOTUS, which gave the EPA the authority to regulate small bodies of water on private lands.

“One of the most outrageous regulations to come from the Obama Administration was its Waters of the U.S.

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Bills on the move

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

As I have mentioned before, there are six big hurdles a bill must cross to become law – successful votes in House Lower Committee, House Rules Committee, House Floor, Senate Committee, Senate Floor, and the Governor’s Signature. In the first few weeks of session, bills were being introduced and debated in committee, so there was not much floor activity.  But now in mid-February some of

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The buzz on Endangered Species Act reform

by Shiloh Perry

During the final weeks of the Obama administration, the Fish and Wildlife Service listed the rusty patched bumblebee as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. While the FWS claims the listing will help protect the bee species, what does the first-ever addition of a bee species in the continental U.S. to the endangered species list mean?

It means that the rusty patched bumblebee, an important

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A full time, part-time job

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

I am often asked by constituents what life is like as a state representative. I was told before I ran for office that a job as a legislator would be the most full time part-time job I could have. I now think I agree. Probably the best way to describe it is to share with you what my schedule, which is usually spread between 7

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