The Show-Me Report: April 23, 2014

KMOV: Missouri business tax break has wide reach

PoliticMo: Nixon questions Sinquefield involvement in latest tax cut bill

The Turner Report: Video- House leadership responds to Nixon comments on tax bill

St. Joseph Post: Mo. Democrat reconsidering support for GOP tax cut

Columbia Daily Tribune: GOP lawmakers, Nixon continue battle of tax-cut rhetoric

Missourinet: Nixon, GOP square off on possible tax cut bill flaw (AUDIO)

The Missouri Times: Nixon, Republicans, spar over “error” in tax cut bill

The Missouri Times: Press Release: Legislative Leaders Comment on Governor’s Statement on Tax Cut Bill

The Eagle 93.9: Eagle Investigation: Nixon’s tax cut claim

Missouri Business Alert: Hopes Fading For Wholesale Medicaid Expansion In Missouri

Jefferson County Penknife: JeffCo in Jeff City: Legislative Update

Newsmax: Missouri Lawmakers Under Fire for Lobbyist-Funded Travel

The Turner Report: Tim Jones: Gov. Nixon is lying about the tax cut bill

The Show-Me Daily: Missouri Needs The Sunrise Act

The Missourian: WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri needs a way to monitor prescription drug abuse

ABC 17: Mo. House passes bill to nullify federal gun laws

The Missourian: Missouri senator wants Koster’s opinion on gun bill

Fox 2: Boeing announces voluntary layoff plan in St. Louis

Post-Dispatch: Mo. Senate Committee OKs undocumented student tuition language

Kansas City Business News: UnitedHealthcare will drop hundreds of Missouri docs

The Show-Me Daily: Few Students Transfer From Kansas City Public Schools – Thanks To Charter Schools

Post-Dispatch: Jesse Jackson implores St. Louis clergy to ‘go to Jefferson City’

Post-Dispatch: Stenger, Dooley spar over debate for Medicaid expansion

Post-Dispatch: Man who avoided prison for 13 years seeks release

St. Joseph Post: Sen. Blunt speaks to Mo. House

St. Joseph Post: Mo. House OKs Use of Cannabis Extract for Epilepsy

St. Joseph Post: Mo. Senate Panel Adopts Tuition Restriction

Ozark Area Network: Missouri House Panel Endorses Bonding Plan

Fox 2: Lyft ride sharing service under restraining order

News-Tribune: Missouri mulls state funds to districts for preschool

April 23rd, 2014|The Blog|0 Comments|

The Show-Me Report: April 22, 2014

Kansas City Business News: Missouri tax cuts would affect most businesses

The Rolla Daily News: AP Analysis: Mo. business tax break has wide reach

Kansas City Star: BuzzChatter Tuesday: MO GOP leader defends tax cut

The Eagle 93.9: Nixon expected to take action on tax cut bill today

St. Joseph Post: Nixon to discuss Mo. tax cut measure today

The Turner Report: Company hired to prepare Missouri Common Core tests has breakdown in Oklahoma

Post-Dispatch: St. Louis cab driver compares Lyft to Walmart, blasts ‘hipsters’

The Rolla Daily News: Missouri Republicans outline new gun proposal

The Rolla Daily News: Missouri lawmakers debating Bright Flight changes

Fox 4: Justice sought for fallen father and injured son at gas station vigil

Southeast Missourian: The truth about Right to Farm Amendment

Kansas City Star: Kraus seeks AG opinion on proposed gun nullification law

St. Joseph Post: Mo. Senate Panel Looks to Conclude Budget Work

News-Tribune: Lobbyists spent $200K on lawmakers’ trips

Missouri Business Alert: Bill Would Nearly Double Budget For State-Run Venture Fund (Video)

News-Tribune: Missouri Democrats name new staff leaders

The Eagle 93.9: Death row inmate to be executed 12:01 a.m. Wednesday

Ozark Area Network: Sen. Cunningham Discusses Electric Coop, Patent Bill

Ozark Area Network: Missouri Senate Debates, Shelves Ethics Bill

Obama Admin Wants to Force Companies to Give Employee’s Personal Info to Unions Before Labor Elections

Streamlining the intimidation process, brought to you by Team Obama:

The Obama administration is poised to change regulations to allow for union “ambush elections” in which workers have less time to decide whether or not to join a union — and in which workers’ phone numbers and home addresses are provided to unions.

The administration’s National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) proposed rules would allow for union elections — in which workers at a company vote whether or not to unionize — to be held 10 days after a petition is filed. And what, exactly, would be happening to the unions during those 10 days? The new rules require employers to disclose workers’ personal information, including phone numbers, home addresses, and information about when they work their shifts.

One of the first things I thought of was of when SEIU protestors descended on a Bank of America executive’s home, terrorizing his son, who was home alone at the time.

While that’s not a idle concern, it’s not my main worry. I’m more concerned about the unions gathering up all that data and the impact that will have on state and local politics.

Data was the key to turning Colorado blue. From “The Blueprint: How Democrats Won Colorado (And Why Republicans Everywhere Should Care)“:

Coalition for a Better Colorado set about building a ground operation from scratch, with the first building block being voter data. At its most basic level, this could be gathered using public information: Coalition for a Better Colorado purchased detailed files in targeted legislative districts from county clerks in Adams, Arapahoe, Bent, Boulder, El Paso, Fremont, Gunnison, Jefferson, Lake, Larimer, Mesa, Otero, Pueblo, Rio Blanco, Routt, and Weld counties. This information was supplemented as Election Day neared. For example, voters who requested absentee ballots were tracked so mail could be timed to hit mailboxes close to the same time as ballots.

Roundtable groups such as AFL-CIO, Colorado Conservation Voters, CTLA, CEA, and the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) also helped build the database by contributing their own information.

So, if I’m reading this right, employers would be forced to surrender all the contact info for each employee to a union if they get enough people to call for an election there.

It would be worth it from a political level to get elections at as many businesses as possible, even ones you know you couldn’t win. At least you’d get names, addresses, emails and phone numbers for the data base.

And it would save a lot of money for the left’s political ground game.

The only people they wouldn’t be able to collect data on are the unemployed, and I’d wager they already know where they live.

April 21st, 2014|The Blog|0 Comments|

The Show-Me Report: April 21, 2014

The Turner Report: When it comes to Common Core, the New York Times just doesn’t get it

Lee’s Summit Tribune:  Missouri Medical Marijuana Bill Passes House Committee Unanimously

News-Tribune: Missouri mulls state funds to districts for preschool

News-Tribune: Missouri Republicans outline new gun proposal

Show-Me Daily: But Tomorrow Will Rain, So I’ll License The Sun

ABC 17: Communities rally to fight back against heroin

Agri Marketing: Missouri’s Farming Rights Amendment Gaining Strong Momentum

St. Joseph Post: Mo. Lawmakers to Send Nixon Criminal Code

The Eagle 93.9: Who has the correct numbers on “Right to Work”

The Eagle 93.9: Tax cut bill won’t save you money for a couple years

Fox 2: House plans debate on Missouri student transfers

Kansas City Star: Missouri House panel to discuss impeaching Gov. Jay Nixon

Post-Dispatach: Revamped Missouri criminal code could hit Nixon’s desk soon

MoDOT Scraps LRAD Idea, Blames Internet for Misinformation, Common Sense

The brilliant idea of blasting Missouri motorists who are speeding in work zones with a loud siren is no more:

Chris Redline, MoDOT’s assistant district engineer in Kansas City, said the agency learned it will not be able to secure the two Long Range Acoustic Devices, or LRADs, from its manufacturer before the end of the lane-striping efforts this year.

The acoustic devices, which deliver a directed, audible warning to drivers approaching the lane-striping operations, would send an audible alarm measuring about 60 decibels at 600 feet. A message encouraging drivers to slow down would reach about 78 decibels, or the equivalent of a hair dryer.

“There was some misinformation on the Internet,” said MoDOT spokeswoman Holly Dentner. “People assumed we would be using them at military-grade levels.”

My concern wasn’t that it would be “military-grade levels,” but that any sudden loud noise blasted at a driver might cause them to react violently.

All I know is, when I drive, I tend to get in my own little world. If suddenly someone turns on a siren as loud as a hair dryer, I’d probably look like this:

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Now that’s fine if MoDOT is going to get video of everyone this thing blasts and then post it to YouTube. That would be hilarious. I could support that.

But let’s be realistic. This isn’t safe at all.

As I said before, for the money MoDOT was going to spend on this bad idea, they could make a ton of fake cop cars and post them in work zones. Maybe even put some flashing lights on them.

That would make me slow down without pulling the wheel into a bridge abutment.

April 18th, 2014|The Blog|1 Comment|

The Show-Me Report: April 18, 2014

The Turner Report: Sen. Lager: Supreme Court decision damages Missouri economy

KBIA:  Nixon Blasts Tax Cut Bill Sent To Him By Missouri Lawmakers

The Turner Report: Tim Jones: Nixon’s opposition to tax cut shows he is tax-and-spend bureaucrat

The Missouri Times: Where Republicans could find the votes for ‘right-to-work’

News-Tribune: Missouri Senate confirms Social Services director

The Missouri Times: Press Release: Remarks from Gov. Nixon on Senate Bill 509

The Missouri Times: Press Release: Grow Missouri on Senate Bill 509

St. Joseph Post: Missouri Lawmakers Pass E-Cigarette Legislation

Marshall Democrat News: Gov. Jay Nixon visits Marshall High School to talk about good jobs, good schools

Post-Dispatch: Missouri House endorses limited funding for preschool programs

St. Joseph Post: Missouri House Approves Early Voting Measures

The Turner Report: Education blogger: Why Common Core Standards will never work

Sen. Lamping: Capitol Update; Debating Ethics, Transportation Funding and Common Core

The Turner Report: Video- Tim Jones reviews this week in the House

KPLR: Settlement reached in suit over Bridgeton Landfill

Southeast Missourian: Area pupils take Common Core field tests

Lee’s Summit Tribune: Senator Will Kraus Applauds House Vote on Tax Cuts

Missourinet: Legislature will try to get criminal code rewrite to Gov. Nixon next week

St. Joseph Post: Mo. Senate panel endorses penny transportation tax

St. Joseph Post: Nixon issues statement on negative impact of Senate Bill 509 on funding for local public schools

The Eagle 93.9: Mamtek trial delayed again

The Eagle 93.9: Jones says tax cut plan has some democratic support

KPRL: Kansas City residents breathe easier after highway shootings suspect nabbed

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.

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

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