Your Opinion: ISRS viewpoints vary — favors

Dear Editor:

Well, it took just over four months, but the Missouri General Assembly finally brought the Infrastructure Strengthening and Regulatory Streamlining Act (ISRS) to the floor for debate.

Sadly, a handful of senators prevented an up-or-down vote. It has been truly disappointing to see the single best chance for creating jobs, revitalizing our economy and modernizing our infrastructure be largely ignored by our elected officials.

The good news, though, is that it is not too late to act. Sen. Kehoe’s leadership on this issue has been a bright spot. His willingness to work with legitimate concerns and to place numerous consumer protections into his bill indicate that he is willing to get this important piece of legislation passed this year. Missouri’s unemployment rate remains over 7 percent and our economy continues to slog through an anemic recovery. Passing ISRS now can help turn our economy around and position us as a national leader in small modular reactor technology.

Over the years, Missouri has missed opportunity after opportunity to make policy that will encourage economic vitality in our state. Let’s not allow 2013 to be another one of them. I am pleading with our elected officials to pass common-sense, economy-building legislation in the Infrastructure Strengthening and Regulatory Streamlining bill. With fewer than two weeks to go in the legislative session, now is the time to act.

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