The recent arguments by Jay Nixon's administration that it can float bonds for an NFL football stadium without voter approval reminded me of other methods that have been used to avoid a public vote for a government debt.
Greetings again. Let me start this week’s report out by saying what an honor it was for me to attend the Annual Foster Parent Appreciation Picnic just recently in Ironton. Foster parents and their kids who are a part of the 42nd Circuit Children’s Division, had a beautiful day for their picnic. The 42nd Circuit consist of Crawford, Dent, Iron, Reynolds and Wayne counties. I had an opportunity to visit with many of the foster parents and also to thank them for their dedicated service in providing a home for many of our kids that are placed in foster homes. It takes a special person to open up their home in these cases. It was also good to have an opportunity to visit with the staff personal that is responsible for placing these wonderful kids. Their biggest concern was that there are not enough homes available for these kids. If you might be interested in becoming a foster parent, please contact me and I will get you in touch with the right people. Again, I had a great time and I want to thank everyone there for making me feel so welcome.
This week, the House of Representatives voted to improve our national forests with The Resilient Federal Forests Act. This bipartisan bill helps the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service provide more efficient land management while protecting the environment.
The month of March is upon us and with the change of calendar comes the dawn of springtime and many decisions for Missouri farmers. And this year, these decisions include several important choices on federal safety net programs that could make a big difference for you, your family and your farm through 2018.
In late December, President Obama signed H.R. 5771, the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014. While the president’s overdue action will finally provide taxpayers with some clarity on their obligations for 2014, for the first 352 days of that year, businesses and farmers operated without certainty on the tax structure governing them. They were unable to make informed financial decisions because the tax treatment of those decisions was unknown. As the fourth-generation owner of my family’s farm, I understand that the hardworking men and women of rural America cannot afford for Washington to wait any longer to act. Tax reform has to be a priority in the next Congress to alleviate this uncertainty, and to provide our small-business owners, farmers and entrepreneurs with the assurances they need to grow the economy.