The Show-Me Report – April 17, 2014

Missourinet:  Legislature sends $620-million tax cut proposal to Governor

PoliticMo:  A year after HB 253, legislature sends smaller tax cut to Nixon’s desk

The Missouri Times:  Republicans send tax cut to Nixon

Missourinet:  How they voted: Income tax cut SB 509

St. Joseph Post:  Gov. Nixon not pleased with passage of Tax Cut

PoliticMo:  Nixon hints at HB 253-syle campaign against legislature’s tax cut

Missourinet:  NIxon veto of tax cut anticipated (AUDIO, VIDEO)

Sen. Will Kraus:  Senator  Will Kraus Applauds House Vote on Tax Cuts

Missourinet: Senators say mixed messaging in transportation sales tax, income tax cut proposals

The Buzz:  Missouri lawmakers cut taxes as they ponder raising them

The Missourian:  Missouri House endorses early voting measures

PoliticMo:  Koster’s campaign account dwarfs those of two Republican rivals

Missourinet:  ‘Flimsy’ Republicans join caucus leadership ahead of debate of income tax cut (VIDEO)

Connect Tri-States:  Missouri Farm Bureau says ‘no’ to electric line project

The Missouri Times:  Medical hemp extract poised for passage

KBIA:  Doctor inducted into Hall of Famous Missourians

The Missourian:  Doctor honored through Hall of Famous Missourians induction

The Turner Report:  Video- Marionville mayor agrees with Frazier Glenn Miler’s anti-semitic views

The Rolla Daily News:  State Senate bill raises benevolent tax credit cap

St. Joseph Post:  Senators Mull Jumping Jack as State Exercise

KMOV:  Parent says daughter warned by teacher for carrying Bible at local school

KMOV:  Spanking may soon be banned in Missouri schools

 

 

PRESS RELEASE: House Approves Historic Tax Cut Legislation While Making Record Investment in Education

The day after many Americans paid their taxes the Missouri House of Representatives gave final approval to legislation that would reduce the tax burden for Missouri families and businesses. By a bipartisan vote of 104-48 the House approved SBs 509 & 496 and sent the legislation to the governor to be signed into law. When fully implemented, the bill would reduce the tax burden on individuals and businesses by more than $600 million annually.

“The key to this legislation is that it takes a reasoned, careful approach to lowering the tax burden for Missourians that will provide a much-needed boost to our economy while also safeguarding our record investment in education,” said House Majority Floor Leader John J. Diehl, Jr., R-Town and Country. “The very simple goal we have is to put more money in the hands of industrious and innovative individuals and businesses who know best how to spend and invest these dollars so that they produce more jobs that will increase our tax base and spur economic growth.”

While tax cut legislation approved by the legislature in 2013 was ultimately vetoed by Governor Nixon, Diehl said the keys to the success of this year’s bill are the safeguards it contains combined with the legislature’s commitment to record levels of funding for education. Diehl noted that the bill requires that revenues increase by at least $150 million each year before each phase of the tax cut is implemented. He also emphasized that the tax cut would not impair the legislature’s ability to fund education and pointed to the budget plan approved by the House that would increase K-12 education funding by as much as $278 million and funding to the state’s public universities and community colleges by as much as 3 percent.

“The legislature has once again affirmed that our highest priority is funding our system of education and that we are committed to achieving record levels of funding even as we work to put more money in the pockets of Missourians,” said Diehl, who was joined at a press conference touting the passage of the bill by many members of the House. “Our commitment to education funding and the safeguards contained in the bill have earned the support of all members of our caucus. Our hope now is that the governor will join us in supporting a responsible tax cut plan that emphasizes investment in our families in businesses rather than inefficient government bureaucracy.”

The plan approved by the House would cut the top income tax rate from 6 percent to 5.5 percent over a period of years depending on increases to general revenue. It also would phase in a 25 percent tax exemption for Missouri business income in 5 percent increments. For low income Missourians who make $20,000 or less the bill would the exemption for personal income taxes from $2,100 to $2,600. In addition, the bill would require that the brackets for individual income tax be adjusted annually for the percent increase in inflation.

The legislation now moves to the governor’s desk for his consideration.

House Education Funding Highlights:

K-12 Education
1. $278m increase for the Foundation Formula ($122m GR and $156m Surplus Revenue) which would make the K-12 education budget the largest in in state history.

2. $8.2m for Missouri Preschool Program in unaccredited and provisionally accredited districts.

3. $3.5m for reading programs in unaccredited and provisionally accredited districts.

4. $1m increase in Parents as Teachers.

5. $1m increase for Teach for America.

6. $25m increase to transportation funding.

7. $29m increase in First Steps Program

Higher Education
1. 3% increase to the core at every university and community college in the state.

2. $10m in equity funding for community colleges.

3. Full ride loan forgiveness for Bright Flight recipients who stay and work in Missouri.

4. $20m increase for Access Missouri.

5. $6.7m increase for A+ Scholarship Program.

6. $1.5m in UMSL equity funding

April 16th, 2014|The Blog|0 Comments|

Please Help Me With My Outrage: Is Getting An Abortion An Easier or Harder Decision Than Buying a Car?

Rep. Stacey Newman is once again doing her best to be seen as Missouri’s version of Wendy Davis, the obscure Texas legislator who rode an abortion issue to national prominence.  This time, she’s seizing on the comments of Rep. Chuck Gatschenberger, who said, like buying a car, getting an abortion wasn’t something you should rush into.

Here’s the exchange, via Mother Jones:

Newman:  Your original premise, that a woman who is receiving any type of care with her pregnancy, regardless of what decisions are involved, is somehow similar to purchasing a key for an automobile—

Gatschenberger: If you were listening to my explanation, it had nothing to do [with] that…In making a decision—not making a life-changing decision—but making a decision to buy a car, I put research in there to find out what to do.

Newman: Do you believe that buying a car is in any way related to any type of pregnancy decision?

Gatschenberger: Did I say that?

Newman: That’s what I’m asking you.

Gatschenberger: I did not say that. I’m saying my decision to accomplish something is, I get the input in it. And that’s what this bill does, is give more information for people.

Newman: So you’re assuming that women who are under care…for their pregnancy, need additional information that they’re not already receiving?

Gatschenberger: I’m just saying they have the opportunity, it increases the opportunity. If you want to know what this bill does, [it] increases the opportunity.

Now, I could argue that women who are under care for their pregnancy “need additional information that they’re not already receiving,” especially if they are receiving their care at a Planned Parenthood facility.

But let’s focus on the outrage that followed in the wake of Gatschenberger’s comments.  

I’m up for being part of faux outrage as much as the next guy, but I need to know the agenda first. Am I to be outraged because buying a car is a far more difficult decision than aborting a baby, or because it’s far more difficult to have an abortion than buy a car?

Seriously.

Some progressives will tell you that getting an abortion is no big deal. It’s a “rite of passage.” After all, it’s a not like you’re killing a person. It’s more like a “pre-sentient cluster of cells,” right?

No different than a tumor, as pro-abortion feminist and psychologist Florence Thomas said:

After the doctor had dismembered her unborn child, Thomas says she felt “a relief. An immense relief. This tumor went away, disappeared. I could go back to living.”

She’s not the only person who has made that claim. I’ve been told that by the pro-abortion left for years.

And really, you don’t need that much information to decide whether you need to jettison a tumor. It’s not alive. It’s just a clump of cells, no different than cancer.

So, am I supposed to be outraged because buying a car is harder than deciding to get an abortion?

No, I don’t think that’s it. I suspect I’m supposed to be outraged because getting an abortion is a very difficult decision, much harder than buying a car.

But that brings up a question. Why?

Why is it harder to get an abortion than buy a car?

Is it because you know that you might regret getting an abortion?

Is it because you are worried what others might think?

Or is it because deep down, you know you are ending a life?

If getting an abortion is a more difficult decision than buying a car because a life is on the line, that’s a big departure from the traditional rhetoric of the pro-abortion crowd.

And, if that’s the fact, shouldn’t government ensure that all the relevant information is known? Why does it take decades to execute someone convicted of a capital offense? Because the legal system makes the best possible effort to make sure all the facts are known and they aren’t going to regret killing an innocent.

Am I to be outraged because Gatschenberger wants to apply the same thinking to abortion?

Of course, there could be other reasons for the outrage. I don’t intend to create a false dilemma.

Women could be upset about being compared to a car. Rep. Davis Newman tweeted this yesterday:


Sorry, but that’s a

redherring

Gatschenberger didn’t compare women to a car. He simply said important decisions merit consideration over a period of time and as much data on the subject as possible.

Am I supposed to be outraged about that? Why?

Or am I supposed to be outraged that a man dares to tell a woman what she can do with her body? But Gatschenberger isn’t advocating control over a woman’s body. He’s trying to protect the unborn child’s body from being dismembered.

There’s so many opportunities to be outraged, but I choose none of the above. I choose to be outraged over the fact that while people are working to make abortion illegal, there’s not enough work being done to end abortion.

There’s a difference.

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The Show-Me Report: April 16, 2014

Ozark Area Network:  Missouri Senate Gives Final Approval to “Super Bowl” Resolution

Kansas City Business Journal:  Missouri lawmakers seek funding for eco-devo office in Israel

Ozark Area Network:  WP Superintendent Comments on FBI Investigation of St. Joseph District

Kansas City Business Journal:  RNC staff set date for technical visit

Connect Tri-States:  Senators halt Mo. ethics debate

The Eagle 93.9:  Columbia school board discusses common core

PoliticMo:  Dempsey questions Koster, Nixon handling of tobacco master settlement

Post-Dispatch:  Mo. Senate endorses diesel fuel inspection bill

Show-Me Daily:  Sales Tax Is Wrong Way To Fix Roads

The Dana Show:  On Rule Of Law

Post-Dispatch:  Appointed panel will run St. Louis schools for at least two more years

Post-Dispatch:  Law firm donates radiation detector to residents around West Lake Landfill

Post-Dispatch:  $3M already piled up for 2016 (yes, 2016) Missouri governor’s race

Kansas City Star:  Schweich hauls in $257K

St. Joseph Post:  Holder to deliver remarks in Overland Park

St. Joseph Post:  As Americans Mark Tax Day, Senator Blunt Continues Fight to make Washington more accountable

Southeast Missourian:  Pachyderm Club to host Congressman Smith

News-Tribune:  Nixon keeps pushing for expansion of Medicaid

The Missouri Times:  April Quarterly Reports: The Missouri Senate

Missourinet:  Legislator urges greater efficiency in MO government (VIDEO)

Missourinet:   Senate moving to block sales taxes on some home sales (AUDIO)

News-Tribune:  House votes to expand Bright Flight loans

West Central Mo Info:  House advances bill to restrict e-cigarettes to adults

St Joseph Post:  Buchanan County May Withdraw Support For Grain Belt Express

 

St. Joseph Post:  School funding compromise allows tax credits for ‘school choice’

St. Joseph Post:  Mo. Senate Bill Raises Benevolent Tax Credit Cap

 

The Show-Me Report – April 15, 2014

St. Joseph Post: Blunt on the KC shooting suspect: “Hateful Intolerance Shows How Disturbed This Person Must Be”

Show-Me Daily:  Streetcars (Still) Do Not Reduce Miles Driven In Cars

Fox 2 Now:  Missouri set to tighten restrictions on undocumented immigrants

PoliticMo:  Where Republicans could find the votes for ‘right-to-work’

Show-Me Daily:  Proactive Is The New Reactive

The Eagle 93.9:  State Senate resumes lost memorial service

PoliticMo:  With no 2014 opponent, Schweich turns to grow 2016 war chest

Ozark Area Network:  Missouri Auditor Raises $250K for Reelection

The Turner Report:  Video- Dempsey speaks on criminal code reform legislation

Free Republic:  Missouri Opts For More Jobs In Its Move To Become A Right-To-Work State

The Missouri Times:  Criminal Code re-write moving closer to Nixon’s desk

Ozark Area Network:  Missouri Senate Sets Aside Ethics Legislation

The Missourian:  Missouri House passes bill to find Common Core replacement

The Rolla Daily News:  Mo. House passes change in self-defense law

The Buzz:  Voter ID again pits Republicans against Democrats in Missouri

Missourinet:  Senator wants lower tax, more consolidation in House 911 bill

Sty. Joseph Post:  McCaskill Calls for Explicit Timeline for Keystone Pipeline Approval

St. Louis Business Journal:  Former Santorum aide named executive director of Missouri GOP

The Eagle 93.9:  Design company chosen for new Fulton State Hospital

The Eagle 93.9:  Who is the real bully in “Right to Work” debate?

Ozark Area Network:  Missouri Senate Debates, Shelves Jury Awards Legislation

 

Dana Loesch Speaks to Speaker Tim Jones on Missouri’s Right to Work Fight (Audio)

On today’s Dana Show, Dana spoke with Missouri Speaker of the House Tim Jones.  The interview was around ten minutes long and follows:

Loesch said she wanted to see every card the Speaker was holding to his chest, starting with the number of votes he currently had in favor of passing Right to Work in the House.

Jones laughed and said, “For the progressives who are declaring victory, I say they need to understand history. And Dana, in every single state in recent times who became right to work, worker freedom states, it was a process. It did not happen overnight. I mean, my goodness, let’s remember the stories and the scenes in state capitols in Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan.”

“You’re talking about a multi-year, multi-faceted process where workers are finally given the freedom to choose whether or not they should be compelled to join a labor organization or not and have their wages taken away from them to be spent on political purposes which most rank and file union members do not agree.”

“For the first time ever in Missouri history, we had a vote. Seventy-eight courageous Republicans said, ‘Yes, we want Missouri to be the twenty-fifth right to work state, which would be, for liberals counting at home, half the country. I think that’s an economic trend, not an anomaly.”

“Dana, we were four votes short from moving it one step further. So myself, the house sponsor, all the other seventy-eight Republicans who want to move this forward, we’re working hard to try to get four more Republicans to not fear the political intimidation of Big Labor and move forward on making Missouri a worker freedom state.”

Dana commented that when you moved away from the cities and talked to rural folks, people didn’t want forced unionization. Jones agreed.

“I would say that a majority of Missourians, ‘real Missouri’ wants Missouri to have worker freedom. In the last three to four years, I have traveled the state extensively,” Jones said. “As I’ve traveled the state and spoken to small business owners, medium sized and large, everyone…says Right to Work would be the number one economic development tool to move Missouri forward.”

Jones added, “All people need to do is look at Oklahoma. Oklahoma in 2002, put it on their ballot and a majority of Oklahomans supported Right to Work. They became a Right to Work state. Guess what happened over the last two to three years. Oklahoma gained 20,000 union jobs. That’s right: union jobs. And tens of thousands non-union jobs. What happened in Missouri? We lost over 50,000 union jobs.”

Jones added later, “Right to work laws do not prohibit unions, at all. They welcome everyone in.”

Rumor has it the vote is one person short.

April 14th, 2014|The Blog|0 Comments|

Brilliant: MO DOT To Blast Motorists Speeding in Work Zones With “Incredibly Loud Noises” (Video)

Somewhere in the Missouri Department of Transportation is a person who one day thought, “You know what might make people slow down?  Blasting ear splitting sirens at them in work zones.”

That person took that stroke of genius up the MODOT chain of command, where it was embraced.

That’s right.  Embraced:

Good news! For people that like speeding in work zones! The Missouri Department of Transportation just acquired two Long Range Acoustic Devices, or LRADs, to blast incredibly loud noises at drivers as they speed past construction sites. This is definitely, definitely going to go over well.

This is either a really good idea, because it will help drivers slow down when lives are at risk, or a really, really terrible idea, because blasting an ear-splitting screech suddenly at the driver of a speeding car is a great way for them to think, carefully and with caution, that maybe this is a good time to slow down, maintain car control, and not suddenly veer first to the left, and then wildly over to the right, in a desperate attempt to preserve what little hearing they have left, hoping against hope that they will one day hear the beautiful strings of Beethoven’s 3rd symphony again, while they plow directly into the construction zone.

While MODOT is spending taxpayer money on sonic weapons, the Missouri Legislature is actually trying to get a one cent sales tax on the 2014 ballot, because MODOT needs more money, or something.

So, we have money for LRADs, but not bridges?  Is that what we’re being sold?

You know what might make people slow down in work zones?

 A fake cop car.

Sounds like a good project for the prison sheet metal shop.

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Presenting The Missouri Torch Rogues Gallery

Not long ago, I put out a request in the newsletter for names of Missouri politicians who broke bad.

The response was great, and over the weekend, I put the finishing touches on:

roguesgallery

 

The miscreants are listed in chronological order, with party affiliation listed below their name.  There is also a link to read more about what they did to earn a place in the gallery.

For example:

1990

dewey

Name: Dewey Crump

Party Affiliation:  Democrat

Position:  State Representative

Crime:  Three counts of possessing and distributing cocaine and amphetamines

Home:  St. Louis

Details

1993

869-33117-1
Name:  William L. Webster

Party Affiliation:  Republican

Position:  Attorney General

Crime:  Conspiracy and Embezzlement

Details:

The former Attorney General of Missouri, William L. Webster, who gained national recognition for arguing abortion and right-to-die cases before the United States Supreme Court, is planning plead guilty to charges of conspiracy and embezzlement, a Federal judge said Friday.

As you can see, it’s bipartisan.

Check it out here

If there’s someone who isn’t on the list and you think deserves a spot, send me a note through the contact page and let me know.

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The Show-Me Today: April 12, 2014

The Eagle 93.9: Missouri budget closer to House’s projections than Governor’s

Ozark Area Network:  Missouri Senate Discusses Bill Repealing Committees

Ozark Area Network:  MFB Report: Missouri Shoppers Paying More for Food This Year

St. Joseph Post:  Senator Blunt’s Response To Secretary Sebelius’ Resignation

The Turner Report:  Video- House passes Common Core Standards bill

The Turner Report:  Ed Emery: The states empowered Congress ,not the other way around

KMOV:  ‘Pop Tart Bill’ passes Missouri Senate

Columbia Daily Tribune:  Sales tax is wrong way to fix roads

Urban Review STL:  Poll: Thoughts on Former Alderman Kacie Starr Triplett’s Personal Use of Campaign Funds

Ozark Area Network:  Radio Report from Congressman Jason Smith

Ozark Area Network:  Missouri Lottery Sends $25.2 Million to Public Education in March

The Missourian:  Competing voting plans could appear on Missouri ballot

St. Joseph Post:  11 Missouri Lawmakers in Right-to-Work Spotlight

News-Tribune:  Missouri union vote focuses on absent lawmakers

News-Tribune:  Tort reform stalls in Missouri Senate

KMOV:  Movement to legalize medical marijuana in Missouri gaining momentum

Missouri Tenth:  Action Alert! Hearing Tuesday on Missouri’s Second Amendment Preservation Act

KRCU:  Nixon Expresses Caution About Criminal Code Overhaul

MissouriNet:  No taxing the dancing studio (AUDIO)

MissouriNet:  Senate moves to knock trolls off the bridge (AUDIO)

 

 

April 14th, 2014|The Blog|0 Comments|

Sikeston Teachers Speaking Against Common Core Featured on Fox & Friends

This happened on Saturday:


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