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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.
I know that you have probably received a lot of information both from candidates and on ballot initiatives on both sides of the issues. Here is some information from the Missouri Secretary of State's website; hope this helps.
The following measures have been certified for the August 5, 2014 primary election, and additional information regarding elections and ballot measures may be found on the Secretary of State website: www.sos.mo.gov
2014 August Ballot Measures
Official Ballot Title: Constitutional Amendment 1
[Proposed by the 97th General Assembly (First Regular Session) CCS#2 for SS for HCS HJR Nos. 11 & 7]
Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to ensure that the right of Missouri citizens to engage in agricultural production and ranching practices shall not be infringed?
The potential costs or savings to governmental entities are unknown, but likely limited unless the resolution leads to increased litigation costs and/or the loss of federal funding.