- Obama shortens sentence of inmate from Cape (1/19/17)9
- Jackson police describe night of anger, car crashes, drug possession by 18-year-old (1/22/17)5
- Area hospitals hope a box helps prevent infant deaths (1/19/17)6
- A message from heaven (1/23/17)
- Local students to perform with choir at inauguration (1/19/17)3
- Southeast to lose $3.5 million from state in budget cuts (1/18/17)21
- Subjects of interest in 1992 killing take polygraph tests; results not revealed (1/18/17)2
- Meat-processing plant faces $70K penalty for Clean Water Act violations (1/17/17)4
- Area residents among those attending inauguration, women's march (1/22/17)91
- Comedian, cancer survivor Tom Green headlines sold-out Cancer Center benefit (1/22/17)
Not a good time to redesign license plates
Gov. Bob Holden recently vetoed a handful of bills from this year's legislative session, including a House bill that would have established a license-plate advisory committee to redesign Missouri's auto tags. Thanks to the veto, Missouri taxpayers have been spared the estimated $15 million cost of the redesign effort.
Missouri license plates were last redesigned just five years ago. It shouldn't be a priority of state government to go through this costly process again so soon after the most recent one, especially when state government is feeling a financial pinch.
License plates serve a practical purpose. Spending a sizable amount of money to change their looks isn't a fiscally prudent thing to do right now. The governor was correct to veto the measure. Legislators should heed the message.