I met with Jamie Emery the Director of the Crowder Behavior Support Center and took a tour of the new facility. She was kind enough to fill me in on the purpose of the center and I was able to observe some of the staff working with autistic children. I took the opportunity to explain the Stewards of Children Program to her and we visited about future opportunities for the Support Center to become involved in putting on the Stewards training. It's still my goal for every Missouri teacher to see this presentation. The hour and a half seminar provides training in the recognition of child sexual abuse. It teaches you how to report it properly and which questions to ask. This is one of those things we don't want to talk about or even think about for that matter, but it affects an incredible percentage of children in every corner of our state. This is truly one of those problems of society that we cannot ignore!
Since the Governor closed the Revenue offices, a lot of people are having a hard time getting tax forms. I sent forms to the Libraries at Seneca, Pineville, and Southwest City to help alleviate this problem. I've talked to several people that have completed filing for last year and there are some rather unpleasant surprises. Some have found that they owe for insurance and others are finding that their tax burdens have taken a substantial increase. I guess now we are finding out what was really in the so-called Affordable Care Act. We really can't expect something for nothing. Someone has to foot the bills for everything that is provided at no cost. The House and Senate both have bills dealing with Welfare Reform this session. As unpleasant as it is to reduce payments and require tougher standards to be met, we have to control the rate of growth in entitlements. As these issues come up for discussion on the floor, I'll share some more information.
The March Republican Club meeting was held last week and we were served dinner by the 4H group. Linda Dumond and her capable group provided a delicious dinner after which we heard speeches by Courtney Keaton and Kyla Moore. Courtney's speech was "Observations of a Farm Girl" and Kyla told us all about maple trees and the making of maple syrup. It would have made me crave pancakes if I wasn't so full of Chili! Support these kids every chance you get, they are our future leaders!