Thursday, January 29, 2009

Macon Co. News & Views

For those wondering what former Rep. Kenny Hulshof will be doing now, an AP article in the Southeast Missourian reports he will take a post in public policy at a prestigious Kansas City-based law firm.

Our state senator, Bill Stouffer, made several memorable comments on the federal "spending" package in a press release this week announcing his appointment to a senate committee to help oversee its expenditures. A favorite Stoufferism in the column read: "Clearly, we have a huge task and need to take it seriously. This proposal may have so many earmarks it only stimulates the Q-tip industry.”

The Democrat representing most of Macon Co. in the state house, Tom Shively, has yet to sponsor a bill of his own since his election in '06. Some observers comment that his job may now be even more difficult, as he's pinched between supporting his party's own governor or the conservative cause he claims.

Grassroots tip from a Macon Co. Friend: "This site keeps people up to date on what's going on in Congress. The best feature that I have made a habit of using almost daily is, if you put your zip code + 4 digits in it'll bring up all your state and federal representatives. Up at the top, under where it says "Write Your Elected Officials" there are links "Federal" & "State." When you poke on those it'll take you to a page of names you want your correspondence to go to and how you want it to go."

You say potato, I say... "Budget Stabilization Funds?" In his state of the state address, Gov. Jay Nixon banked on federal stimulus (read spending) money to fill shortfalls in "health care" (read welfare). What will be used to fill the gaps in the future is unknown. Instead of actually spending money on creating jobs, our new governor has found a way to continue to move us towards welfare for all. His proposed budget cuts did include sending 50% less to University Extension, ending some capital improvement projects via the sale of MOHELA, and $20 million less to Economic Development. However, Nixon's budget is actually larger than last year's version, despite a shrinking economy and revenues.
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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

News & Views You Can Use

Taking a Gamble on Education

Regarding November’s passage of Proposition A, ending the state’s $500 loss limit at casinos, the Missouri State Teacher’s Association’s latest newsletter states the following:

“Drafters of the measure sought to assuage concerns by placing the new revenues in a special fund and requiring them to be spent as additional dollars through Missouri’s funding formula for K-12 schools.

But if the voter-approved law is followed, 115 of the state’s 524 school districts are projected to get no new money from the ballot measurer in the next fiscal year, due to the way the funding formula is calculated.

Adding to potential controversy is a perception that the revenues from previous voter-approved gambling measurers have been used to replace, rather than enhance, existing money for education.”

Macon County was one of only a handful of counties that opposed Prop. A

Ending Term Limits for the President?

Rep. Jose Serrano, D-New York, has proposed a resolution to repeal the 22nd Amendment of the Constitution, removing term limits for the U.S. President. Mr. Serrano chairs the House Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government. This is just one of several bills this gentleman and others have sponsored from the left.

Contact Information for Rep. Blaine Luektemeyer:

This information comes from a Rep. Luektemeyer’s staffer in Washington, Laura Hardecke (email Additional District 9 offices are in Hannibal and Washington. I know Tanner Smith and Dan Engemann are employed at these office, respectively. The new district director is Gary Marble.

Washington DC Office:
1118 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-2956
Fax: 202-225-5712

Columbia District Office:
3610 Buttonwood Drive, Suite 200
Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: 573-886-8929
Fax: 573-886-8901

Is Mandatory Ammunition Coding Ahead? Not really.

Recent emails regarding legislation requiring serialization of ammunition in Missouri (SB 1200 – 2008) are misleading. Here’s some text from the forward:

“In a nutshell, the bill that is being pushed in 18 states (including Illinois and Indiana) requires all ammunition to be encoded by the manufacturer. They must maintain a data base of all ammunition sales so they will know how much you buy and what calibers. Nobody can sell any ammunition after June 30, 2009, unless the ammunition is coded.

Any privately held uncoded ammunition must be destroyed by July 1, 2011, (including hand-loaded ammo.) They will also charge a 5 cent tax on every round so every box of ammo you buy will go up at least $2.50 or more! If they can deprive you of ammo they do not need to take your gun!

This legislation is currently pending in 18 states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee and Washington.”

It is important to note a state senator or representative can sponsor anything they wish. Sen. Joan Bray, D-St. Louis, sponsored SB 1200 in 2008 and it did not even receive a committee hearing. With the current set of folks in charge of the legislature, this type of idea will continue to not even see the light of day. Sen. Bray has not sponsored the legislation so far in 2009.

You might want to share this information with friends interested in gun rights as several emails and phone calls have been received by state legislators on this topic and it seems to be a non-issue.
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