- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)46
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)8
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)40
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)2
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
- Local company makes eco-friendly kitty litter that cuts cat-box smell (04/25/16)
- Man accused of pointing BB gun at Chaffee resident (04/26/16)2
Missouri House, 158th District -- Robert Roland
Name: Robert Roland
Birth: June 17, 1940, Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Spouse, children: Lorene Roland; none
Occupation: Environmental consultant
Businesses owned by candidate or spouse, all or in part: Roland & Associates
Public offices held: None
Past political campaigns and offices sought: None
Question 1: What is the most important issue facing the 158th District?
Answer: The most important issue facing Cape Girardeau is reducing the tax burden of its citizens. To do this, we must defeat Proposition A.
Question 2: What in your background or education makes you qualified for this office?
Answer: Living in the Cape area for 30-plus years gives me insight into the area, and being a business manager and self-employed person for 18 years gives me the experience.
Question 3: Why are you better qualified than your opponent?
Answer: I bring a unique perspective to the office. I am a consultant; I evaluate problems and come up with solution. That solution is not going to be spend more, tax more, which is what is being done now.
Question 4: In 2005, lawmakers voted to restrict eligibility for Medicaid as a cost-cutting measure, resulting in 100,000 removed from the Medicaid rolls. The state currently has a surplus. Should eligibility be restored to its previous level or any other steps taken to expand health coverage to more Missourians?
Answer: Yes, but more studies need to be done to make sure it doesn't happen again. Funding for this program is going to grow and must be addressed.
Question 5: Do you support using state resources to allow parents to choose to send their child to any school, public or private?
Answer: Yes. Some of the state resources come from the parents so they should have the right to use some of it, if they feel it is best for their children.