Posts Tagged 'Missouri'

Current vote tallies are as follows.

An Leargaidh The Slopes    3 Votes
An Dun Hill Fort   3 Votes
Monadh Liath Grey Mountains  2 vote
Cair Ceann Tulaich  Fort of the hillock 1 Vote

And lets not forget an honorary mention for Caisleán Critter 

Don’t forget to check here for the full list.

I was going to finalize this on the 10th, but frankly I have not been able too.  As May 4th we should actually be able to start officially relocating in to the house I will probably make the naming ceremony then.

We have gotten a lot done.

All of the rooms are painted, about 90% of the trim and touch up work is complete as well. The old carpet has been ripped out.

The chimney sweep will be out Tuesday. The carpet is being installed on Wednesday, the new water heater, fridge and exterior doors are coming on Thursday. So I’ll start transporting stuff over Thursday night most likely as long as the weather holds.

I am so ready for all this moving and construction to be over.

Still will have a busy summer. Entire outside of the house needs to be stained, and there are a lot of repairs still to make.

But at least now we can see light at the end of the tunnel!

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Current vote tallies are as follows.

An Leargaidh The Slopes    2 Votes
An Dun Hill Fort   2 Votes
Monadh Liath Grey Mountains  1 vote
Cair Ceann Tulaich  Fort of the hillock 1 Vote

And lets not forget an honorary mention for Caisleán Critter 

Don’t forget to check here for the full list.

Vote tallies will end the morning of Saturday April 20th.

As for me? I’m trying to maintain decorum. Of course inside I’m screaming.  5 and a half hours and it will be all over.

So here’s something to set the mood. Caoineadh Cu Chlainn, probably one of the prettiest songs I know of, as performed by Bill Whelan and played on a Uilleann Pipe.

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So Dana Loesch has written a pretty scathing article of Brad Lager over at Breibart.com.

I know this because I, in turn, received a scathing E-mail from Mr Lager about those damn “unfactual bloggers”.

I’m not surprised. She’s good at that sort of thing and I have a lot of respect for her. I’m also not surprised at getting E-mails from a campaign that I A) am not following B) didn’t ask to receive E-mails from and C) have not even the remotest interest in the candidate in question.

I’ve been rooting for Pete Kinder ever since he forked over his own money to fight the healthcare law. That takes balls in my book, and his stance on illegal immigration is well known in these parts.  Besides that, frankly I’d take Barney the Purple Dragon over Claire McCaskill.

I will openly admit to knowing very little about Brad Lager and frankly what I do know I don’t care for.  Don’t take anything I say at value. I am a “nonfactual blogger” according to Mr. Lager.

Go view his voting record yourself.

My pet peeve? In 2006 Lager voted against  restricting the use of Eminent Domain.

And then he voted to expand it’s use to take help the government take our properties away from us.

He voted to expand abortion laws.

He voted to keep criminals out of prison.

But you don’t have to take my word for it. It’s all right there in black and white.

Just remember I’m not factual, and neither are any other bloggers out here. For the record, while Kinder isn’t spotless his record is much more solidly in my decision process frankly.

Frankly I didn’t have a dog in this hunt, and haven’t written one whit about it until i saw that “unfactual blogger” bit. It really torques my jaws when I see these silly half-assed lawyers degrade folks who are at the fore front of grass root operations.

You can see our retort to Mr Lager and his fine staff after the jump.

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When ever  I can I like to publish communications for my local representatives. With no further adieu here is our semi regular contribution from David Sater

 

The legislative session is wrapping up in this final week of session. Going in to the last day of session, the House and Senate passed just over 70 bills with one day to go. That is 70 out of over 1,000 bills filed. I sometimes wonder about working months on a piece of legislation and then in the last two weeks, one Senator or one person in Leadership in the House decide to table your bill. But, it is always better to error on the side of caution than to pass something that might be more harmful than good.

A piece of legislation that was of great concern to local businesses and county government was House Bill 1329. A month or so ago, a judge decided that county and local sales tax on vehicles and boats purchased out of state could not be collected when the car or boat was titled at the license bureau. These taxes have been collected for more years than I can remember. Already, car and boat dealers from out of state are advertising the savings a Missouri resident would get if they purchased the vehicle or boat from their out of state dealership. This bill would simply reinstate the sales tax that has been in existence for many, many years. Without this, Barry County may not have any local car or auto dealerships in the future. It also places a huge hole in the County`s budget of over $20,000 per month. The bill has passed the House and Senate, but we do not know what the Governor is going to do. He has made comments about a possible veto.

There’s good news and bad news on my individual legislative efforts. This “good news/bad news” scenario affects all legislators. I was able to get my small grain dealer bill through, which changes the amount a grain producer can purchase and produce from $100,000 per year to 50,000 bushels. This was needed because the price of corn has increased the last few years from less than $2.00 a bushel to over $6.00 a bushel. This bill will help our local small grain dealer in Exeter.

I was one out of two on pharmacy bills. My success was changing the statutes to allow pharmacies in Missouri to purchase prescription drugs from out of state pharmacies. Previously, the out of state pharmacies had to be licensed by Missouri. Now they do not, because credentialing in all states is basically the same. This enables the free market to work to transfer drugs from one pharmacy to another. This happens when a pharmacy has one patient on an expensive drug and the patient moves away or has their regimen changed to another drug. The pharmacy is then stuck with a product that might be very expensive. The bad news is that my pro-life/pro-business bill that simply stated that a pharmacy has the right to stock whatever product they want without governmental interference did not make it through the Senate. We will get it done next year.

There was some fear this year that funding for the Missouri Veterans Homes would be cut. We found some money by giving them the casino admission fees they originally received prior to 1998. Under this provision, our veterans homes will receive an additional $30 million dollars which is enough money to keep our homes open and viable for years to come. This will now be a steady funding stream.

Contact me anytime by calling me at my home in Cassville (417/847-4661) or my Capitol office (573/751-1480). Thanks for letting me serve.

Best Regards,

David Sater

68th District

866/485-0759

 

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Our regular contribution From Missouri State Representative David Sater

 

Special session, when will it end? It could last until November 15th, 2011, but it should not. As I mentioned in a previous report, it is costing you around $25 thousand dollars a day for us to be in session.

 

Two weeks ago, the Senate and House passed two pieces of legislation. The Missouri Science and Reinvestment Act encourages investments in science and technology companies in Missouri. We repealed a provision of a new law that prohibits teachers from using sites such as Facebook to privately message students. The Legislature and the Governor thought this was a good idea, at the time, but freedom of speech was a concern. Our mission in this law was to keep our school children safe from teachers that acted badly. The Governor will sign both of these bills.

 

Last week we met for a few days to discuss an economic bill. We were in caucus last Wednesday to see if there was enough support for the bill. I try and keep in good contact with my senator, Jack Goodman, and three other senators in Southwest Missouri. They told me before caucus that our bill in the House was dead on arrival and they would not endorse it. In caucus, I mentioned that since the bill we were discussing would probably not go anywhere, it sure took away from some good crappie fishing. It got a laugh, but the point was made. House leadership is still insistent we pass the bill and send it to the Senate.

 

The key pieces of this bill are incentives to attract new businesses and jobs in Missouri. I still believe that government should not be in the business of creating jobs, the private sector does a much better job. Anyway, this bill would offer tax incentives to attract amateur sporting events in Missouri and encourage the creation of data storage centers. The bill would also create the Missouri Export Act, which creates incentives for exporting Missouri products – such as pork products. The bill would provide funding for job training and create a fund to both retain companies that are considering leaving Missouri and attract businesses that are looking for a new location. An amendment added to the bill on the House floor would reduce Missouri`s corporate income tax from 6.25 percent to 5.5 percent. The tax would be offset by savings generated by reforms to existing tax credit programs. We decreased the Historical Preservation Tax Credit by $28 million per year, decreased the RemediationTax Credit per year (Brownfield Redevelopment Program) by $17.5 million, and the Low Income Housing Tax Credit by $32 million dollars. We also kept a no sunset condition, which means it continues without reauthorization, on the Historical and Low Income Tax Credits. We took off the sunset, which is usually 4 or 5 years, on the Food Pantry and Pregnancy Resource Tax Credits. In the bill, there was also a provision that the Legislature would review any tax credit program by September 1st of the calendar year prior to the sunset of the program to analyze the effectiveness of the program and to see if the money we are giving these programs is worthwhile.

 

I was able to get one amendment through on the House floor. There is a new tax credit program for the Development Disability Care Providers which was in this legislation. I noticed that it did not have a cap on the amount to be given out. I added an amendment to cap the tax credits $5 million dollars per year. According to my conversations with leadership, this was an omission and they welcomed the amendment.

 

As mentioned, probably all of this could of waited another three months for the regular session that starts the first of January. But this was the Governor’s call and by law we have to attend.

 

The Governor will be in Springfield at Missouri State University on October 14 for a ceremony that celebrates the start of a UMKC-Missouri State Pharmacy Program at Missouri State. They will be able to graduate 25 to 30 students from Missouri State with a degree in Pharmacy. This will help southwest Missouri in the shortage of pharmacists. I have been invited to attend because I placed the money in the budget for the program this year. I attempted it in 2010 and it did not stay, but this year there was enough support to keep it in the budget.

 

Hopefully this will give you an explanation of the legislative process. If you have any questions, call me at my home in Cassville (417/847-4661) or my Capitol office (573/751-1480). Thanks for letting me serve you.

 

xxx

 

 

Best Regards,

David Sater

68th District

866/485-0759

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The State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) continues to work with Missouri state and local agencies to provide all necessary response resources to Joplin, following Sunday’s deadly tornado

Responders are being coordinated through established regional mutual aid agreements and requests filed with SEMA for state and federal resources.

Missourians interested in volunteering to assist should first call (800) 427-4626 or 2-1-1, instead of reporting directly to a command post or the disaster area. Those with medical skills interested in volunteering should go to: https://www.showmeresponse.org/.

Missourians wishing to make donations to help with the relief effort can go to http://www.sema.dps.mo.gov/recover/donations.asp or call (800) 427-4626 or 2-1-1.

Residents affected by the tornado who wish to notify their friends and family that they are safe should go to: https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php. Friends and family who would like to check on their loved ones in the affected area can use the same site.

Missourians who need disaster information, shelter information or referrals are urged to call

2-1-1. The United Way’s 211 service number is now available for most areas in Missouri. In areas where the 211 number is not operational, citizens can call 800-427-4626.

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The Atoka, OK Tornado

Six people lost their lives last night. UPDATE: 7 reported. 5 for Arkansas.

Severe weather is a funny thing. It can roll in like a beast and swamp you before you have a chance to act. That wasn’t the case last night.

People were joking last night about the amount of notice we had about the storms.

But the kicker comes when the Storm Prediction Center was not issuing watches for the State of Arkansas. Countless meteorologists and storm chasers, as well as armchair weather geeks like myself were asking the same question last night:

Where. are. the. watches.? Where?

When the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) of the NOAA declares a Watch it is a pretty substantial action. The whole intention of the watch process being ran by the SPC is because of the sheer area they can monitor and cover, versus the more locally driven National Weather Service (NWS) which relies on local information and local announcements.

Can I say that those folks were placed in harms way due to a lack of action by the SPC?

Not directly. but what I can say is it has been proven, by the SPC’s own reports, that early warnings and watches save lives.

And last night that did not happen. By the time the SPC issued the watch for Arkansas there was already a report of a tornado on the ground due North in Missouri that came right across the Bentonville, Bella Vista area. Fortunately in Missouri we had our watches easily a full 45 minutes before it hit.

No matter how you cut it, last night was inexcusable.

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Once again we are privileged to offer you the regular communication from District 68 State Representative David Sater of Southwest Missouri

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So just as we thawed out last week to start blogging we got hammered again.

I finally got power back, which without it has played a serious part in being detrimental to my sanity.

Namely the blog was not being updated save for my twitter posts (which is done via my cellphone) and my school work was getting behind (almost a weeks worth).

To say the least I have been concerned.

v00d3w has not been seen in a few days but I think that is due to his work more than anything. He has been dealing with some major technical issues there and of course neither he nor I are paid for what we do, our real jobs must take priority.

All that said the latest Arctic blast seems to be behind us, and while I have seen it snow in March, fiscally speaking I hope it doesn’t happen. Missing almost 8 days of work in a 2 week period due to being trapped does not do wonders for ones credit rating or bill paying ability, and debtors don’t like to hear the words “Act of God” as your excuse I have found, for being late.

We shall skin by as always. It is after all tax time.

It is supposed to warm up substantially today, and with that sunshine brings light of hope on some other opportunities I hope to explore as well. I’m going to be at Missouri State University on February 19th if all goes well, to examine the campus and see what all is needed for my application. I have one letter of recommendation secured and I am working on a second, I am still debating who to ask for my third.

All in all the winter has been harsh, but they say the best days come after a storm so lets hope it holds true, shall we?

I should be back to my regular blogging self shortly and I look forward to chatting with you all regularly once again!

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So after record snowfall last week it looks like it’s coming again.

Missouri DOT working to clear roadways using their TowPlow

Weather radio’s are already going off, and alerts are being sent to phones apparently.

We get snow in Missouri. Usually about 14 or so inches per year.

But this year, amidst people screaming global warming, has been just a little nuts.

We were declared a state of Emergency, which is a good thing for schools etc.

But the fact that my little corner of Missouri, specifically the Southwest is determined to be the hardest hit, does not bode well.

I guess we’ll see. I won’t be putting my snow chains away any time soon it looks like.

And if I ever see Punxsutawney Phil, I think I’ll be forced to shoot him, the dirty lying scoundrel.

If I vanish again you can keep track of my madness here and I’ll still be in Twitter via my phone.

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Yes I live.

First day back to work in a week since the grand Blizzard.
And of course what happens?

Its snowing.

No internet except my cellphone most of last week. Really only got it back this weekend, and honestly spent most of that catching up on school so the blog took a backseat.

I know, I know damn priorities.

However I am hoping things will come back to normal, provided we don’t get dumped on…yet again. But it’s not looking good.

We had a good time, playing in the snow with Critter and Huck. Many adventures in driving, and I have managed to get sick yet again but I’m powering through it.

How was your adventures?

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Yup. Here it comes.

Weather radio has been going off since Saturday.

So if I vanish for a few days? You’ll know why.

IMPACTS… TRAVEL WILL BECOME INCREASINGLY TREACHEROUS LATE TONIGHT AND TUESDAY. NEAR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS MAY MAKE TRAVEL NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE AT TIMES.

SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATIONS… STORM TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL RANGE FROM AROUND A FOOT NEAR THE INTERSTATE 44 CORRIDOR TO AROUND A FOOT AND A HALF ACROSS PORTIONS OF SOUTHEAST KANSAS AND WEST CENTRAL MISSOURI.

SIGNIFICANT SLEET ACCUMULATIONS UP TO A HALF INCH ARE POSSIBLE… ESPECIALLY ALONG AND SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 44.

RAPID ACCUMULATIONS OF WINTER PRECIPITATION WILL BE LIKELY WITH SNOWFALL RATES POSSIBLY EXCEEDING TWO INCHES PER HOUR ON TUESDAY.

The issue here isn’t the amount. It’s the response. A lot of folks tend to think “Oh gee that little bit amount shouldn’t shut down anything.”

If southwest Missouri was Buffalo, maybe not. But we don’t have $1 million dollars to spend on every inch of snow, either.

I had this argument with one of my former employers. Who lived 4 miles from our job. “If i can get to work so can you!” said he. “You used to live in New York, you don’t have an excuse either!” Quoth his kiss ass assistant.

Let me break it down.

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Missouri State Representative David Sater has been a regular feature both here and at our sister site of Techography for a number of years.

Sadly soon that will end.

Representative Sater has reached his term limit and will be moving on to other, we hope, bigger and brighter things. A pharmacist, and native of nearby Cassville, MO he has brought a degree of honesty and integrity to the very dirty business of politics. We regret to see him go.

We will also miss his regular dispatches, and we hope to share his with you until the last.

With no further adieu, Missouri State Representative of District 68, David Sater.

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Our regular feature from Missouri House of Representatives own David Sater!

Happy holidays from the Capitol in Jefferson City. If this is any consolation, it is colder up here than in Barry County. The Governor has erected a large lighted Christmas tree on the front lawn of the Mansion and there are lighted wreaths on the Capitol Building. One of the things of interest to me are the ice junks moving down the Missouri River and I always wonder how far they have traveled. You just don’t see that along Flat Creek.

December for most of the elected representatives is a time of pre-filing legislation and getting the committees organized. For the last five years I was appointed Chairman of the Appropriations Committee for Mental Health, Health, and Social Services. It is this committee that starts the ball rolling for how much each program will receive in funding. Last year it totaled 9.5 billion for all three departments, and the total state budget was over 23 billion dollars. I enjoyed the challenge of this chairmanship, but have decided to step down and accept the Chairmanship of Healthcare Policy Committee. I will still serve on the Budget Committee, but will get to work on health issues instead of crunching budget numbers.

We have 57 new representatives coming in this year and there will be several on my new committee. So there will be a time of orientation for these new members as they get their feet wet. Also, the new chairman of my old appropriations committee is Tom Flanigan (Carthage) and I have a feeling I will be seeing a lot of him in the coming months. He has already been down to see me in Cassville. You get good results from government when elected officials work together for the common good and not their own good. I have seen it go both ways from Republicans and Democrats.

Half of the bills that I pre-filed for the 2011 session are the same as last year, but there are a few new ones:

1. Regarding Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, I have placed a cap that while receiving state assistance, if the family has more children, the state would not be responsible for financially including these new children for assistance:
2. County Disability Boards (SB40 Boards) would need to publicly have a reserve fund policy. There are some boards in the state that are hoarding taxpayer monies:
3. Keeps government from requiring pharmacies to stock certain medications, such as the morning after pill. Some states have tried to pass legislation and this bill would prohibit government intrusion into the free market area: and
4. Keeps non-prescription drugs while written as a prescription by a physician to remain tax free.

There are bills filed by other legislators to overturn Prop B, the puppy mill initiative. Although I was totally against the provisions in Prop B, this was an initiative passed by the citizens of Missouri. The money supporting the initiative mostly came from out of state and the advertising was misleading in favor of the proposition. I do have a problem with legislators trying to overturn a citizen’s initiative. I would be more in favor of another citizen’s initiative to overturn it, rather than it being done in the Legislature.

The proposed legislation by our Governor to place all Pseudoephedrine products as prescription only is something I will fight against. Presently we have a signature log book that a purchaser has to sign to obtain these products. This is not working very well because law enforcement does not have the staff available to check these in a timely manner. The state received a grant this year from the pharmaceutical industry to fund a “real time” electronic signature log to be placed in all pharmacies. These will be operational in all pharmacies by the first of the year. These devices would lock a person out from purchasing more than was allowed by dosage and would keep people from going to multiple pharmacies because all pharmacies would be on line together. By placing these products on a prescription only basis, it will become a financial hardship for our citizens who need these products. There will be a doctors office visit which cost money, the prescription will be more than the non-prescription product. I would just like to give the electronic signature log a chance to work as it has been successfully in other states in reducing Methamphetamine production.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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I know most folks like to sit back and smoke their cigars.

Yukon Blend Coffee with a shot of Jameson. Gurkha Cuban Legacy in Churchill

I like to walk.

Was a nice brisk cool morning yesterday, great weather for my traveling companions: a Gurkha Cuban Legacy and Yukon Blend coffee with a shot of Jameson.

Here’s a little photo-essay attempt with some random thoughts.
Feel free to click any of the images for a bigger version. Enjoy the walk, sorry if my mind tends to venture in to strange places. its just the way I am.

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Welcome to our regular contribution by the State of Missouri Representative for the 68th District, David Sater

DAVID SATER – Serving the 68th District
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I am in Jefferson City writing this report just after election day. We caucus after every election for the purpose of electing new leadership and welcoming new members to the House of Representatives. And are we welcoming new members. Wow!! The State House went from 89 Republicans to 106 which is an historic pickup of seats. There are 163 seats in the House and to have 106 of these is quite a majority. There are many smiles on people’s faces, but there is also a lot of sadness on the minority side. To be frank, I saw a few Democrats lose that were very good to work with, they tried to do what was honestly best for their constituents, but in the end there was too much of a national “less government movement” in the air. The Republicans picked up seats in a few urban areas that never vote Republican and a few Democrats that have enjoyed large margins of victory in the past, barely squeaked by. But, another election will occur in two years and things never stay the same.

I do believe that House Republicans have done the right thing with the state budget, in trimming programs, greater fiscal accountability for the state departments, and keeping some excess funds for downturns. We were trying to trim state government even before the recession and by being more frugal and not funding every program that is offered, this was appreciated by the people of Missouri. In 2005, my first year, we cut Medicaid eligibility by 100,000 people, because of not enough state revenues to support the program. The Democrats cried “foul”, and we got a lot of heat over this issue. Governor Nixon pledged to restore the previous Medicaid eligibility, but he did not have the money to do so, or he would have. If this had been done school funding would be slashed to balance the budget. As I said nothing stays the same and another election will happen in two years.

I am in the process of organizing my priorities for the next last two years in office. I have around 10 or 11 bills this year to file the first of December. I am also considering stepping down from a Chairmanship that I have held for the last five years. It is the appropriations chair of Health, Mental Health, and Social Services. I will still serve on the Budget Committee and should still have some input on this area. I hope to be chosen chairman of a healthcare policy committee so I can continue to work on issues of healthcare rather than crunching numbers in appropriations. There will be bills presented before this committee relating to healthcare issues, and I believe that will be enjoyable.

Thank you again for letting me represent you here in Jefferson City. I cannot do everything for everyone, but I do try my best for each of you, no matter your political persuasion.

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It’s election day.

No matter who you vote for or which ticket side or color you choose, your voting to help yourself as well as your friends, family and neighbors have a better life.

There’s another way you can help too.

Your donation will help a injured soldier, sailor, airmen or marine receive a voice activated laptop.  It’s not snake oil.

Your donation will them supply a Voice Activated laptop to those troops whom are injured to the point they can not type an E-mail or dial a phone.

Go to our auction site if you wish something to be given to you in return.

Go to our direct donation page if you don’t.

It doesn’t have to be a fortune. Anything and everything helps.

And the cause is worth while.

And go vote!

Ballot Measures for Missouri are after the Jump

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DAVID SATER – Serving the 68th District

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It is Veto Session at the Capitol and we have been in the process of deciding whether to override the Governor’s veto of HB 1903. This bill was passed overwhelmingly this past session by both Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate. The state has been receiving monies from the Federal Government in the form of federal budget stabilization funds, stimulus funds, and what is called an enhanced FMAP monies. We will receive an extra 300 million dollars this year from the enhanced FMAP fund. HB 1903 creates an extension fund that accepts monies from the above. This way, since the House appropriates monies, it would also be in charge of appropriating these funds as we see fit. It would keep the monies received from being controlled by one person, the Governor. This is not a political issue in the House, but an issue between the House and the Governor’s office.  Unfortunately, we did not get enough votes to override this bill.

Recently I received some good news from the Missouri Department of Economic Development which has approved training assistance for Arning Canopy Systems, Inc. through the Missouri Customized Training Program. The amount of $12,500 has been approved to reimburse this Cassville company for retraining 25 workers. Jack Henry in Monett also received $30,000 for retraining 60 workers, Miracle Recreation Equipment Company received $15,000 for 14 workers and Window Technology, Inc. received $1,500 for 28 workers.

Here are some interesting facts from the Department of Conservation. There is a total of 506,170 acres in Barry County. The department owns 4,151 acres in the county, and they paid property tax of $2,427.77 in 2009.  In the past, the  department has actively sought land acquisition since they have the 1/8 of 1 cent sales tax proceeds coming in each year. But since sales tax proceeds are down everywhere, they are just trying to keep their operations solvent. One of the things the department does that I appreciate is their association with volunteer fire departments. Our area departments are eligible for matching grants from the Department of Conservation and provide technical assistance.

The Missouri Retired Teachers Association had a reception for legislators here in Jefferson City last Tuesday evening. I attended and saw Ruby Vincent and got to visit with her. She is a strong advocate for the association and always keeps me informed of issues affecting retired teachers. I appreciate her volunteerism and dedication.

It seems I go for a few weeks and do not receive many E-mails or phone calls from constituents. But the last two weeks, I have received an above average amount of calls. I will always do what I can to help and am always glad to serve your needs.

xxx

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