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View from the Chair: For What Will We Be Remembered?

View from the Chair: For What Will We Be Remembered?

April 24, 2015 The greatest generation – those men and women who fought for our country during World War II and who then invested in America during the great post-war growth period – are slowly but surely receding from the pages of history, as witnessed in the obituaries each day. For them, no personal sacrifice


Letter to the Editor: Transportation Funding

Our state is facing two critical transportation issues: Missouri has thousands of bridges over 50 years old; 1,600 of them are over 75 years old! Approximately 6,300 of our bridges are obsolete and structurally deficient. In 2017, Missouri will no longer generate enough highway user revenue to access federal construction dollars that would otherwise be

Farmers' Market

Cut to the Chase: Differing Definitions

  By Rebecca French Smith For the last few weeks I have been immersed in local food — defining the term, meeting farmers who grow food for consumers who want “local food” and discovering ways Missouri farmers are evolving to meet demand. More and more are discovering new markets for the food they grow and


Weekly Column from Sen. Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau): Balancing Budgets

The Senate spent the first part of this week working through the night and into the early morning, finalizing their version of the Fiscal Year 2016 state budget, and sending the state’s spending plan back to the House with our recommendations. If the House does not pass the changes, the budget will go to conference

Ask Shana

Ask Shana: Dating delights and duds

My marriage is now a separation and my career just got rebooted, and now I feel so empowered and men are just flocking! Some days I feel like a “natural woman” and other days I can’t stop crying. Any advice on getting it together? I’m channeling my inner REO Speedwagon when I say don’t be

Capitol Report: Rep. Kevin Engler (R-Farmington)

State Representative KEVIN ENGLER District 116     Committees Select Committee on Rules, Chairman Local Government Health Insurance Select Committee on General Laws Joint Committee on Legislative Research, Chairman       Quick Links: www.house.mo.gov www.modot.org   As the House is awaiting the Senate to work through their budget requests, my colleagues and I gave

Capitol Report: Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville)

  General Assembly Reaches Session Mid-Point The Missouri House wrapped up the first half of the legislative session and reached its annual Spring Break this week. The first two-and-a-half months of the 2015 session saw the House move legislation out of committee at a near record pace. To date, House committees have voted out more

Capitol Report: Rep. Donna Lichtenegger (R-Jackson)

State Representative Donna Lichtenegger District 146 COMMITTEES Appropriations: Higher Education, Chair ~ Economic Development Higher Education ~ Select Committee on Education Select Committee on Budget   Regional Links: Cape Girardeau County  –  City of Jackson   State Government Links: MO House of Representatives MO State Government Missouri State Senate MO DOT   April 2, 2015