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Greetings! Hope you are enjoying the cooler temperatures, I just wanted to share an update on our recent Veto Session in Jefferson City:
Budget Veto Overrides Authorize Funding to Benefit Some of Missouri’s Most Vulnerable Citizens
As the veto session came to a close the House and Senate had agreed to override the governor’s vetoes of 47 spending items in the state operating budget. These items represent approximately $35.5 million in state general revenue with another $18 million in funds from federal or other sources. In total, the overrides approved by the General Assembly authorize nearly $53.5 million in spending for programs that help some of our state’s most vulnerable citizens such as children who have suffered abuse, senior citizens, developmentally disabled children and adults, and victims of sexual assault.
A brief look at some of the spending items vetoed by the governor and overridden by the legislature:
· $2.5 million for an intensive reading instruction program for kids in failing school districts
· $150,000 for the Bright Futures Program that empowers communities to meet the needs of their children
· $1.45 million to provide forensic exams for physically abused children
· $1.3 million for programs to help children with Autism
· $948,381 for a Medicaid waiver for individuals with brain injuries
· $125,000 for services for Missourians with Alzheimer’s
· $400,000 for the Area Agencies on Aging to provide home delivered meals to Missouri seniors
· $500,000 to provide assistance to victims of sexual assault
· $5.2 million for services to Missourians with asthma
· $500,000 for the Alternatives to Abortion Program
· $455,000 for Missouri’s 22 Centers for Independent Living
· $500,000 in state aid for sheltered workshops
· $200,000 to provide dental care to developmentally disabled young people
· $191,400 to enhance and expand newborn screening services
Celebrating Labor Day!
Each year since 1882, Americans have set aside one day to recognize the workers of this country. Labor Day is a day to celebrate the social and economic achievements of American workers. It is a yearly tribute to the contributions workers have made to the prosperity and wellbeing of this nation.
Labor Day was first celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City. The Knights of Labor proposed the idea of a day to celebrate American workers. They formed a committee to plan a demonstration and a parade in New York. Two years later, the Knights adopted a resolution making the firstMonday in September a day to celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” with parades and demonstrations. In 1887 the state legislatures of Oregon, New York, Colorado, New Jersey and Massachusetts passed laws recognizing that day as Labor Day. It was not until 1894 that the United States Congress officially recognized the first Monday in September as Labor Day.
Labor Day was first celebrated as a way to pay tribute to the hard work and dedication of the American worker. It was also a way to boost the morale of the workingman in the United States. The country was in the midst of an economic depression during the 1880’s, which lead to nationwide wage cuts and mass unemployment. The workers that remained on the job had to work longer hours for sometimes less money. Labor Day was a way of celebrating their backbreaking efforts and to let them know the country appreciated their service.
Greetings! Hope your summer has been a good one!
August Primary Results in Solid Voter Turnout
The August primary elections drew a significant number of voters who wanted to make their voices heard on a variety of issues ranging from gun rights to farming rights. With a turnout of nearly 25 percent, this year’s primary saw an uptick in voter participation compared to the average turnout over the past few decades. However, it did fall short of the 27 percent turnout that many election officials predicted. Still, it was encouraging to see so many of you make your way to the polls to participate in our free and open elections, and I thank you for your support.
Voters Decide Right to Farm is Right for Missouri
While it was a close race, voters ultimately decided Amendment 1 was the right direction to take for Missouri’s family farmers and agriculture industry. Known as the “Right to Farm” bill, the provision changes the Missouri Constitution to “ensure that the right of Missouri citizens to engage in agricultural production and ranching practices shall not be infringed." In effect, the amendment will prevent changes made to state law that infringe on the rights of farmers. Considering Missouri’s history as an agricultural state and the huge impact the farming industry continues to have on our state, this is an important protection to have in place to ensure farmers will be able to continue to make a living by putting food on our tables.