*It has been an intensive week filled with important events such as The State of the State Address by Governor Nixon, budget committee work, meetings galore with all sorts of organizations and associations. Everyone has needs and concerns in their respective spheres. What you'll want to know is that the state budget process has reached the stage of legislative input. The Appropriation Committees are hosting state department overview meetings wherein committee members are exposed to the various department divisions and the cost to run each. The information from these departments also includes what programs are recommended to be cut, expanded or changed in some other manner.
*Governor Nixon's State of the State Address was well delivered; however, I really must disagree with a good portion of the content. As he enumerated his "state budgetary wish-list" I couldn't help but think to myself that it may sound great to the general public to increase, for example, state funds to higher education, but we still need to figure out from where the revenue will come. It's similar to a parent reading their child's Christmas list and promising what the parent knows they cannot afford to buy. What the parent should say is "Sorry, maybe some future Christmas, but not this year!"
*This session we are blessed to have MU student, Reagan Nielsen, as my office intern. She came to MU from Brookings, South Dakota and is a junior majoring in strategic communication / journalism. She was chosen as one of the top pro-life leaders to participate in the Wilberforce Fellowship (national headquarters, Washington D.C.) She and eight MU Students For Life attended the January 25, National March For Life in Washington, D.C. Estimates for attendance at the march was upwards of 650,000!
*I would like to publically congratulate Jay Knudtson for his appointment as regent for the Southeast Missouri State University. He visited the state Capitol this week for his Senate confirmation hearing.