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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

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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

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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

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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.

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Capitol Report: Thanksgiving

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Before the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, or the Bill of Rights, there was the Mayflower Compact. This document, which was drafted in the autumn of 1620 following 67 days of unimaginable challenges at sea, established a working democracy for the Pilgrims in the New World. Although it may have

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Capitol Report: Protecting MO’s Meals on Wheels Program

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Over the past few years, Missouri’s state budget has come under great scrutiny as we worked to weather the national economic crisis. During this time, we prioritized our expenditures and made government live within its means by digging in to the budget so that we could identify programs that were

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Capitol Report: Supporting Our Teachers

by Congressman Sam Graves

In an essay on learning how to ride a bicycle, Mark Twain once observed that “the self-taught man seldom knows anything accurately, and he does not know a 10th as much as he could have known if he had worked under teachers.”

Teachers play an essential role in our educational system.

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Capitol Report: Honoring Our Veterans

by State Sen. Brad Lager

From the American Revolution to the war in the Middle East, the men and women of America’s military have a proud heritage of defending the ideals and principles that embody this great nation. While this began with colonial farmers leaving their families to take up arms in their fight for

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Capitol Report: Keeping a Promise

by Congressman Sam Graves

We’ve heard the promise many times since 2008: “If you like your health insurance plan, you can keep it.” In fact, we’ve heard it at least 29 times according to one report.

However, it turns out that if you like your health insurance plan, you aren’t necessarily able to keep it

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Capitol Report: Supporting Missouri’s Veterans

by State Sen. Brad Lager

As public servants, we all take an oath to defend our constitutions. For most of us, this amounts to fighting for or against certain public policy changes that we believe will impact the civil liberties of the citizens we represent. For the men and women of our military, this means

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Capitol Report: Missouri’s Broken Unemployment System

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Would you be surprised to learn that individuals who have fallen asleep on the job, been drunk at work, been caught using drugs while at work, and even individuals who have been caught stealing from their employer have filed for and have been granted unemployment benefits in Missouri? Unfortunately, this

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Capitol Report: Reforming Missouri’s Sex Offender Registry

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Missouri’s sex offender registry was created back in the mid-1990s as part of a nationwide movement. The concept is simple: require offenders convicted of specific sexually related crimes to enter their personal information into a public database which citizens could then search to see if there were offenders living in

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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: 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: No hungry kids

by Congressman Sam Graves

An old English proverb says “An empty belly hears nobody.” While you can probably relate to a similar scenario, the US Department of Agriculture just doesn’t seem to get it.

New USDA school lunch guidelines were meant to fight childhood obesity and get kids more fruits and vegetables. But leave it

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Capitol Report: Protecting healthcare providers

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Nearly a decade ago, Missouri’s doctors and businesses were under attack from frivolous lawsuits that were clogging up our legal system, damaging our economy, and driving doctors to other states. During that period, more than 250 doctors left Missouri and nearly 25% of the OB/GYNs in our state fled to

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