We went to Kansas City at the Speaker's request for a round table discussion with some concerned citizens groups. The Speaker and about ten Representatives were invited to participate in the discussion of future agendas for the Legislature. We have some pretty big issues to deal with in the coming session. The Governor is determined to make Education spending a big issue. He is saying that he wants to spend an additional $600 million dollars a year on K12 education and $250 million on Higher Ed. I think I'll wait to see which social program he is going to eradicate to accomplish that lofty goal, but you can almost bet that it's a smoke screen for something else he doesn't want us to know about. The other issues that we will have to address are Common Core, Medicaid Expansion, Tort reform, Tax Reform, and 2nd. Amendment protections. Oh, and the Speaker wants to have a vote on Right to Work. It's going to be a very interesting year!
Saturday I had the honor of being at the Veteran's celebration at Stella. It was plenty cool for the presentations, but boy was it worth a little discomfort! The Neosho ROTC preformed their MIA ceremony and if you haven't seen them do it, I promise it will bring a tear to your eye. Charlie Davis, the Chairman of the Veteran's Committee helped me with presentations of House Resolutions to Glen Fretz and Jim Maness. The Patriot Guard showed up in force and the Swatosh brothers were there with their wonderfully painted Dune Buggy and Bike and Trailer. Those two guys are really special. They make sure that every child that comes gets an American Flag. They pointed out that they are American made flags as well!
Don't forget the town hall meeting at the New Mac room in Anderson on the 12th at 6:30. We are asking anyone who wants to relate their experiences with Children's Service to call my office at the Capitol to arrange for a time. Also, on Thursday at 6:00 P.M. at the McDonald County High School cafeteria, there is a town hall meeting on fire safety. That would be a good one to take kids to with wood stoves and fireplaces being put into service. More next week, until then, I am and remain in your service.