Get real. The taxes and fees you pay in this state would make the folks in other states on the East and West Coast laugh. We have one of the lowest tax and fee rates in the nation. The reason they hurt is because we are also one of the states with the lowest wages in the US. Nothing is going to change as long as they continue to fight to bring down wages in this state.
Do you really think that once these fees and taxes are reduced that you are going to magically have more money in your pocket to spend? If so, let me refer you to another article in this paper that explains the new tax plan just passed by the Missouri Legislature.
Welcome to Missouri and the Midwest, where rather than fighting to improve the economic and social conditions for everyone, we fight to bring everyone down. It is truly sad that I should have to resort to "counting my blessings". We should all want and strive for just a little more. Unfortunately there are forces at work now that make that difficult, and are working everyday to make sure that I will never achieve as much as my parents, even though I am better educated.
“I’m happy that we’re able to get a little bit of something in there,” state Sen. Mike Kehoe said, “even if it does just help offset another cost that they’re incurring.”
If you read between the lines of this quote it is pretty easy to see that the raise was only given to off set the rise in insurance premiums that will be coming. This is the second year of the current insurance contract, which means that they are now in negotiations for another two year contract.
"and little, if any turn over compared to other employment opportunities of equivalent experience and educational levels."
Seriously? You know why? It is because State Government is the only game in town for folks like myself. I would have to leave Jefferson City to find equivalent employment for my experience and education level. At this point in my career (and my age) that would be difficult...since age 40 is now considered the new 60 in this economy.
Glad to see that the Republicans have their priorities straight. Either way the folks that need the help the most lose. Don't worry, however, the welfare programs for the corporations of this state will not be touched. Have to admit the Republicans have really figured this out. Pass budgets that make the Governor the bad guy for making tough choices, and they (the Republicans) can have plausible deniability when election time rolls around. Big Thumbs up to the Tea-Publicans of this state!
Glad to see that even after Speaker Jones fired four members of his own party from their positions on the education committees, that sanity returned to the chamber...if only for this bill. Touche' Speaker Jones...touche'.
Wonder why Jones doesn't want the computer log released? Could it be that the trail leads back to a computer in his own office? If you are going to play this kind of game, be prepared for the return volley.
The truth is, once the Sheriffs take it over the information will not be maintained centrally. Some of the offices, like Jackson County, will develop a database. Others, like my home county in North Missouri, will just place them in a file folder and put it in a filing cabinet or more likely, just keep it on the Sheriff's desk.
They don't approve expanding health care, but approve this insane piece of legislation that will lead to increased health care costs. Got to love their priorities.
I have an idea. Why don't you use this money to repair the Capitol building, and reduce the amount of bonds you were going to try to issue.
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