Session 2013 – Week VII - Winter Storm "Q"

Despite the snow, this week was full of activity in the Missouri House. We worked on important issues, such as tax amnesty, Second Amendment rights, and higher education infrastructure.

Our week began as most do, with legislators completing their weekly pilgrimage and ending their journey at your State’s Capitol.  Soon, though, it was clear that this week would conclude with a reminder of winter’s humbling power and that public safety should never be taken for granted.  We adjourned a day early, retreating from the incoming Winter Storm “Q”, which I will discuss in more detail in this week’s Capitol Report.  It is not always public funding or police officers that secure the public.  A dash of common sense and leadership can go far to ensure no one is recklessly placed in danger.  Debate at the Capitol was hastily concluded this week – but that debate can wait a few precious days while our emergency management crews, public safety officers, and transportation officials work diligently to assist the stranded and injured and restore safe travelling conditions along Missouri’s roads and interstates. 

Winter Storm “Q”

It is not often we write on the actual inner workings of the legislature – we often talk about the ideas and policies being proposed, debated, passed or defeated.  But this week, the leadership of the House and the Senate faced extraordinary circumstances.  Click here to read more.

House Advances Tax Amnesty Program

The Missouri House voted to send the Senate a new revenue policy being championed by budget hawk Representative Tom Flanigan (R-Carthage).  Rep. Flanigan initially proposed the idea of tax amnesty in the 2011 legislative session as a way to help increase revenues without raising taxes.  It is an intelligent
idea, and it will help us fund many critical services.  Click here to read more.

Protecting our Fundamental Rights

You have probably heard a great deal of discussion in the past few months, especially this past week, regarding all of the different tactics being proposed by Democrats in D.C., and now Missouri, that not only violate, but actually seek to eradicate our Second Amendment rights.  Click here to read more.

This Week’s Video Log NEW!!!

In this week’s video log, I take a brief moment to continue the discussion surrounding Missouri’s need to capitalize on historically low interest rates with a bond issue that will serve our public community colleges, universities, and transportation needs.  Click here to read more.

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