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Capitol Report: Our Second Amendment Rights

by Congressman Sam Graves

It seems every year there’s another attempt in Congress to weaken our Second Amendment rights. Gun control bills come in all shapes and sizes. But this year, gun opponents have a new tactic up their sleeve: new taxes and fees on the purchase of firearms or ammunition.

Just look at what

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Capitol Report: Time for the Farm Bill

by U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill

It’s that time of year again.

Last June, the U.S. Senate passed a Farm Bill that would save taxpayers $23 billion, eliminate wasteful and redundant programs while maintaining a safety net for Missouri farmers, and provide critical aid to Missouri ranchers who were devastated by drought. For the next six

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Capitol Report: Improving Missouri’s Employment Climate

by State Sen. Brad Lager

For years now, employers across our state have been voicing their concerns about Missouri’s unfair and unreasonable employment regulatory environment. These inequities increase the costs for Missouri employers which put them at a competitive disadvantage with employers in other states. Therefore, if Missouri’s private sector is going to be successful

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Capitol Report: No More Delay on Mental Health

by U.S. Senator Roy Blunt

Nearly six months after the tragic deaths of 26 students and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School, President Obama recently held a widely-publicized “conference” to finally discuss one of the most pressing challenges: fixing our broken mental health system.

While I’m pleased the president has finally turned his attention to

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Capitol Report: Right to Farm on 2014 Ballot

by State Rep. Casey Guernsey

One of the most important accomplishments of this legislative year was passage of a ballot initiative to be sent to the voters protecting our right to farm. The proposed language will be on the ballot November 2014, allowing Missourians to vote to defend local farmers against powerful anti-farm organizations who

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Capitol Report: Grand Old, High Flying Flag

by Congressman Sam Graves

On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution stating: “Resolved, That the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.”

That new constellation, of course, consisted of the 13

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Capitol Report: Improving Missouri’s Regulatory Climate

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Over the last several years there has been a lot of discussion and much debate about government’s role in job creation and economic growth. All too often when government looks to “help” create or save jobs, what that really means is that they are taking the tax money paid by

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Capitol Report: Defending Conceal and Carry Permit Holders

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Our founding fathers believed that government should function to protect the rights of its citizens. They understood that changing times and evolving political agendas could emerge to threaten the rights and freedoms of future Americans. As a result, they prescribed the most cherished rights and freedoms in the Constitution, one

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Capitol Report: Seeking a Smarter Approach to the Budget

by U.S. Senator Roy Blunt

Sequestration grew out of a political impasse: Republicans refused to raise the government’s borrowing limit in 2011 without starting to bring spending under control, but Democrats refused to make choices about where to cut spending.

So, the president devised sequestration on the theory that cutting spending in such a painful

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Capitol Report: Challenging the EPA

by Congressman Sam Graves

As Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, I frequently hear about ill-advised or overly burdensome Federal regulations, both those that are on the books and those in the pipeline. One of the worst offenders when it comes to such regulations is the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA – and they’re

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Capitol Report: Broad-Based Tax Relief

by State Rep. Casey Guernsey

Currently the House has adjourned until September for the annual veto session. I have been able to catch up on my “to do” list… well, at least a couple of those items. I’ve also been able to spend time with my family and begin planning several events for the interim

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Capitol Report: Honoring Those Who Defend Our Liberties

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Memorial Day is a special time when we as Americans pay our respects to those who have paid the highest price for our freedom and given their lives for our country. It is a time when Americans reflect on our past and look to our future as we acknowledge the

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Capitol Report: Dropping the Gavel in 2013

by State Sen. Brad Lager

The First Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly has come to a close. When we began the year, we laid out an agenda focused on repairing our broken business climate, providing broad based tax relief, and limiting the size and scope of government. When compounded, these items would help

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Capitol Report: Finalizing the Budget

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Last week, the Missouri General Assembly met the constitutionally established deadline when we delivered to the Governor the spending plan for fiscal year 2014. The FY14 budget appropriates just short of $24.8 billion which makes it the largest operating budget in our state’s history. The only good news is that

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Capitol Report: For a Brighter Future

by State Sen. Brad Lager

The final weeks of every legislative session are long and demanding. This session, we have worked to hold the line on the federal government while doing what we can to improve the economic climate in our state. In order to call the 2013 legislative session a success, there is a

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Capitol Report: Celebrating America’s Teachers

by Congressman Sam Graves

We all surely have a teacher from our childhood who inspired us to become what we are today. Whether it was because they were able to explain things easily or stayed after school to help us understand a subject, chances are that a teacher had a big influence in your life.

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Capitol Report: Tax Reform in 2013 – Will It Happen?

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Approximately one month ago, I wrote about Senate Bill 26, which has become Missouri’s first attempt at income tax reform within our state government. Since that time, this proposal has continued advancing through the legislative process and last week, the Missouri House gave its stamp of approval to a modified

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Capitol Report: The Need for Tax Credit Reform

by State Sen. Brad Lager

For nearly seven years now, I have been calling for a comprehensive overhaul of Missouri’s broken tax credit system. Like many government programs, the issuance of these subsidies began on a small scale with noble intentions. However, both the number of programs and their amounts have grown at alarming rates

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Capitol Report: Nixon Sends Data to the Federal Government

by State Rep. Casey Guernsey

If you’ve been following Missouri news, you’ve likely heard that the Department of Revenue, which operates the DMV, has been scanning, storing, and sharing private information with the federal government regarding our citizens who possess a carry concealed weapons (CCW) permit. We in the legislature have begun investigations and issued

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Capitol Report: Tax Day 2013

by State Sen. Brad Lager

April 15 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) was April 8. So, until a week ago,

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Capitol Report: What’s Going on at the DOR?

by State Rep. Casey Guernsey

Over the course of the last month it has been brought to the attention of the legislature the Department of Revenue has been collecting personal data of Missourians from our drivers licenses and concealed carry permits. This action is blatantly illegal and even after we in the General Assembly subpoenaed

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Capitol Report: Protecting Missourians’ Privacy

by Congressman Sam Graves

Last week we learned that the State Highway Patrol, not once but twice, sent a disc containing the names of 163,247 Missourians who have concealed carry permits to the Federal government, supposedly as part of an investigation by the Social Security Administration (SSA) into individuals claiming to have a mental illness

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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: Living Within Our Means

by State Rep. Casey Guernsey

Every day Missouri families and businesses are forced to operate within their own budgets, based on revenues and expenses. One of the best things going for the state of Missouri is the basic constitutional requirement that those of us elected to represent you in the legislature are required to craft

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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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