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Wednesday 09/23/2015
Bond Issue Schemes
Posted: September 23, 2015

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.

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Wednesday 07/15/2015
Some Interesting Bills That Have Been Signed Into Law
Posted: July 15, 2015

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.

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Resilient Federal Forests
Posted: July 15, 2015

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.

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Wednesday 06/17/2015
Too much water, too many rules
Posted: June 17, 2015

The waters of the U.S. are everywhere. After a month of daily rains, the constant deluge only interrupted by short interludes of drizzle, we’ve got water filling every ditch, puddling every piece of flat ground, standing behind every terrace and seeping from every sidehill. We’ve got water in places it hasn’t been since 1993. Missouri farmers are behind on planting, have lost much of what we did get planted and, if biodiversity is important to you, there are weeds of every kind and description. It’s been a slow motion disaster, and if the forecasts are correct, there’s not much hope of change.

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Thursday 03/26/2015
Avoid the End of the Month Crunch
Posted: March 26, 2015

 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. 

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Wednesday 01/07/2015
Tax Reform and Rural America
Posted: January 07, 2015

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.

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Thursday 11/06/2014
Scars on their Souls
Posted: November 06, 2014

We are playing taps far too frequently these days for our comrades from World War II, and Korean War vets are also decreasing in numbers.  We Vietnam-era vets know we’re next.

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Wednesday 10/22/2014
Where Would We Be If...
Posted: October 22, 2014

Dear Editor,

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