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A Back-to-School Tax Break for Consumers Missouri's Sales Tax Holiday -- Aug. 3rd through 5th
Posted Thursday, August 2, at 12:22 PM
Families will once again get the chance to save on school supplies, thanks to legislation passed by the General Assembly in 2005 that implements a three-day back-to-school sales tax holiday. It's hard to believe that we're already half way through summer, but with some schools just weeks away from opening their doors again to students here in Southeast Missouri, parents throughout our area can breathe a little easier knowing back-to-school items, such as new clothes, notebooks and pens, won't put too much stress on their pocketbooks.. ...

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Obamacare Post Supreme Court Ruling - Missouri Must Opt Out of the Medicaid Expansion
Posted Wednesday, August 1, at 10:58 AM

In 2009, Congress passed the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Commonly known as "Obamacare," the law fundamentally changes health care in America. At the heart of the bill is the individual mandate, which requires every American to purchase health insurance. ...

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USDA Designates Southeast Missouri Counties as Disaster Areas - Designation Gives Farmers Hurt by Drought Access to Emergency Assistance
Posted Friday, July 20, at 9:47 AM

It's been a brutal summer. We're currently living through one of the worst droughts in Missouri since the 1980s, and one of the worst nationwide since the 1950s, according to the National Climactic Data Center. We've already had more than 10 straight days with temperatures above 100 degrees this year, and forecasters predict little relief anytime soon. ...

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Celebrating America's Independence - Happy 4th of July
Posted Tuesday, July 3, at 10:43 AM

The United States of America was founded with the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. With this document, we claimed our independence from Great Britain. Fifty-six men of simple means inscribed their names on a piece of paper. ...

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Supporting Our Veterans
Posted Monday, June 11, at 9:18 AM

For more than 200 years American men and women have answered our country's call to defend the many freedoms we all enjoy today. In doing so, they have become our heroes. I believe that in the soul of every person who has honorably worn our nation's uniform, there is special heroism. ...

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Happy Mother's Day: I Love You Mom -- Son #1
Posted Friday, May 11, at 11:26 AM

Being a mother is a selfless job; it's also a never-ending one. From the time we're born and on, a mother is there, to provide support, encouragement, and comfort. One of the few things a person can depend on in life is a mother's love. The bond between a mother and her child is one of the strongest, and one of the most beautiful...

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Donate Life - Giving the Gift of Life Through Organ Donation
Posted Friday, April 27, at 9:50 AM

April is National Donate Life Month, a time when we recognize the importance of organ donation. Organ, eye and tissue donation is a selfless act where you literally give of yourself for the sake of another. It costs you and your family nothing, and in return, a recipient is given a new chance at life...

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Wishing you a Blessed Easter
Posted Thursday, April 5, at 3:13 PM

"So the Word became Human and lived here on earth among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father." (John 1:14) This weekend marks the celebration of Easter, the holiday that observes the cornerstone of the Christian faith -- the resurrection of Jesus Christ. ...

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A Shortsighted Budget
Posted Friday, March 30, at 12:11 PM

Last week, the House sent its version of the budget to the Senate. Shortly thereafter came the press releases and statements from House members claiming they'd succeeded in passing a "balanced" budget. But, nothing could be further from the truth. The House's budget is flawed and not even close to being truly balanced. ...

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Let the Sun Shine - Ending the Secrecy Behind Missouri's Legislative Redistricting Process
Posted Wednesday, March 14, at 1:41 PM

Every 10 years, Missouri is constitutionally charged with the responsibility to redraw the legislative districts that represent you in the General Assembly based on population growth and decreases. Because each district must have roughly the same number of people, the shift in population can change state House and state Senate districts significantly. ...

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Principles of Government
Posted Friday, March 9, at 3:34 PM

Americans this year will pay more in taxes than they will spend on food, clothing, and shelter combined. In fact, from the beginning of the year until April 4th, you are working just to earn enough money to pay for your tax obligation at the federal, state, and local levels. The 95 days of hard work you have to put in just to pay for government spending is what economist Milton Friedman said is "a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes nonwork."...

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Pass Ethics Reform Now - Holding Politicians Accountable
Posted Friday, March 2, at 11:56 AM

Politicians work for you, to represent your interests, not their own. But far too often a few politicians use their position to be self-serving and forget to make decisions based on what is best for you. The special session this past fall put on full display how lobbyists and special interests, through campaign donations, are controlling politicians more and more. ...

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Making Changes to Missouri's Elections - What Do You Think?
Posted Friday, February 24, at 11:04 AM

This November, Missouri citizens will head to the polls to cast their ballots in state and national elections. This act is one of the most fundamental principles of our country where we the people shape our future. Currently there are ideas before the General Assembly that would change how the voting process works in Missouri. This affects you, the voter, and your thoughts on these issues are important to me...

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Should We Use Tolls on I-70? - What Do You Think
Posted Friday, February 10, at 1:15 PM

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is responsible for 32,000 miles of state owned and maintained highways across our state. Missouri's population ranks 18th in the nation, yet our state highway system has the seventh most miles. One of the major roads MoDOT maintains is Interstate 70, 251 miles of highway that cuts Missouri in half, running east and west and connecting St. ...

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Attention Southeast Missouri Farmers
Posted Friday, February 3, at 11:56 AM

Agriculture is Missouri's No. 1 industry and the backbone of our state economy. We rank second in the country for number of farms, and agricultural goods are one of our main exports. How Missouri's farms fare is often tied, or even attributable, to how our state fares...

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JOBS JOBS JOBS - A Missouri First Plan
Posted Friday, January 27, at 12:13 PM

The horrible jobs numbers recently reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the Obama/Nixon economic plan is not working. During December of 2011, Missouri lost a net of 11,800 jobs leaving 245,200 unemployed. With an eight percent unemployment rate, where the labor force is growing and the number of jobs is declining, it is time to change how Missouri approaches job creation. ...

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Welcome to your Capitol
Posted Friday, January 20, at 1:26 PM

The Missouri State Capitol is your building. While the Capitol serves as the center of Missouri government, it also is a monument to Missouri history. In this week's video, I highlight a few of the features found in your State Capitol as well as other important Missouri buildings in Jefferson City. I invite you to visit our State Capitol and when you do, I would love to show you around. Please give us a call at (573) 751-2459 and we will be happy to schedule a tour...

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New Legislative Session: General Assembly Begins Work in Jefferson City
Posted Friday, January 6, at 12:53 PM

On Wednesday, January 4, 2012, legislators from across Missouri returned to Jefferson City to convene the Second Regular Session of the 96th General Assembly. The General Assembly begins each year at noon on the first Wednesday after the first Monday in January at the State Capitol in Jefferson City. It will meet this year until May 18th...

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The Real Christmas Story
Posted Thursday, December 22, at 10:27 AM

When many think of Christmas, images of hectic malls, children asking for gifts from Santa, and a decked-out Christmas tree come to mind. It might even bring up memories of reading or watching the many "Christmas stories" on television and in books. ...

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Remembering Pearl Harbor - Honoring our Heroes
Posted Wednesday, December 7, at 2:21 PM

The events on December 7, 1941, started around 6 a.m. as 183 fighters, bombers and torpedo planes left six Japanese aircraft carriers that were waiting in the Pacific Ocean. Shortly before 7 a.m., the 14th Naval Headquarters at Pearl Harbor Naval Station receives a report that the U.S.S. ...

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Sen. Jason Crowell was elected to serve Southeast Missouri's 27th Senate District in November of 2004 and was reelected in November 2008. During his first year in the Senate, Sen. Crowell earned the Chairmanship of the Committee on Pensions, Veterans' Affairs and General Laws. Before that, in 2000, Jason Crowell was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives and represented the 158th district. After re-election in 2002 Jason was elected by his colleagues to be the Majority Leader. Jason used this position to fight for lower taxes, protect traditional marriage, and reign in out of control spending.