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melbrooks 11 months, 2 weeks ago on Tours hope to attract bargeload of tourism

In 2008 MO voters approved Prop A, which restricted the number of casinos to those already built or being built. There is no chance of changing this law. On top of that, JC voters declined pursuing a license--when they were available--twice.

Constantly saying "we missed our boat" won't change any of those facts. We need to face it--a casino is not possible for us right now. If one of the present casinos fail and a license becomes available, it might be worth exploring again.

For the foreseeable future, the question is settled. Why continue to harp on it? I'd rather hear about ideas you have which could see the light of day, and a boat isn't one of them. Let's spend our energies on stuff which is in the realm of possibility, not on stuff which has been rejected twice by local voters and limited by the entire state's electorate.

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melbrooks 11 months, 2 weeks ago on Tours hope to attract bargeload of tourism

Now is the perfect time to change that. I recommend the Jefferson City Concert Association. The 399th Army Band is performing May 17 at the Miller Performing Arts Center. It's a free performance.

thejcca.org/

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melbrooks 11 months, 2 weeks ago on Tours hope to attract bargeload of tourism

It's a fundraiser, and is completely funded from tickets to the event itself. There are literally at least a dozen each month in the area. It's no different than the Heart Ball or any other fundraiser.

The class envy and misinformation continuously on exhibit here is astonishing.

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melbrooks 11 months, 2 weeks ago on More than 10,000 potholes filled in central Missouri....and counting!

I think it's impossible to everywhere all the time. MoDOT has the seventh largest highway system in the nation at over 32,000 miles. They are responsible for over 10,000 bridges and oversee the second and third largest freight hubs in the country. I think it's simple to call 1-888-ASK-MODOT and tell them about a pothole.

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melbrooks 12 months ago on Council restores transit funds

Voters passed an increase in the lodging tax, and those funds are earmarked for the conference center. They cannot be used for other purposes.

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melbrooks 1 year ago on Low-income Missourians can get free cell service

Wages have not been stagnant or declining. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, wages in Cole County are up 27% since 2001--and that's with very few raises from state government during that time.

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melbrooks 1 year, 1 month ago on Who proposes to build a conference center for Jefferson City?

Rob--the supermax facility has not been standing for quite some time. It was removed because it was on the site of the new federal courthouse.

Join the union, and you'll get invitations to union events. Join the chamber, and you'll get invitations to chamber events. Join a church, you'll get invitations to church events. Join the Lions, you'll get invitations to Lions meetings. Nothing sinister is going on in any of these situations.

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