The McDonald County Band came to the Capitol on Thursday and did a marvelous job of performing. The band set up in the Rotunda and the acoustics were absolutely wonderful. Everyone that I talked to enjoyed them immensely. I particularly enjoyed the Star Spangled Banner. Representative Davis and I were watching from the 3rd. floor and watched a veteran in a wheelchair struggle to get up and salute. What a wonderful witness that was! I thoroughly enjoy hosting school groups at the capitol. There are lots of things to see and do and everyone enjoys the trips to the top of the dome. We were also visited by the Pineville 8th Grade Class.Mr.Hall, Mrs.Sutherland, and Mr.Curl brought 49 students to visit their State Capitol. I introduced them in the House Chamber and they toured the Supreme Court, the Governor's Mansion, and the Capitol as well as Jefferson's Landing. Much Pizza was consumed!
This coming week we will be debating education issues, workforce issues and may get started talking about health care reforms. I have been asked about the Transportation sales tax issue. We have yet to hear debate on the bill but what it does in a nutshell is allow a vote of the people on a one cent tax dedicated to building and maintaining Missouri's roads and bridges. The tax would be in effect for ten years and a portion of the money would go to the counties for their road use. There aren't many alternatives that will do what we have to get done with our roads, but they will be discussed at length and I'm sure there will be amendments. The main thing is that it will require voter approval. It will without a doubt, be interesting!
More next week, until then I am and remain in your service.