The other hot spot for the week seems to be the Governor's latest whirlwind trip around the state whipping up the uninformed about the tax bills. He has filled the air with half-truths and hyperbole attacking our efforts to provide some much needed tax relief. He has even resorted to calling tax law clarifications for Missouri job creators a "special interest spending spree." In truth, the only people really against these measures are the tax and spend liberal minded that think they are much better equipped to spend your money than you are! These bills are designed to prevent the Governor from exceeding his authority, (like he did with sending our concealed carry info to the Feds and using money appropriated for Child abuse to pay his Governor's association dues). He wants to narrowly interpret existing tax exemptions for job creating businesses to further grow the size of government. In fact, his executive branch inspired the changes when they changed the policies without involving the Legislature. That, ladies and gentlemen, happens in Washington but will not be allowed in Missouri! We came together as a legislative body to provide a shield against outrageous overreaches by this Governor who obviously doesn't understand that these are not his dollars, they were earned by all of us! I am certain that Southwest Missourian's, when confronted with the truth about these clarifications, will be totally supportive.
We were at Stella on Monday for the dedication of the flagpoles at the Veteran's park. They were donated and installed by Freedom of the Road members and it was really an inspirational ceremony. The weather was great and it was really well attended. On Tuesday, I was at Seneca Intermediate School to present an award to Alecia Arwood for setting the new reading record. It was a great awards ceremony and many students were recognized for their individual efforts. If you like Chicago Style Pizza and great Italian food, the new place in Anderson, Payerli's Pizza, is the place to go! More next week, until then I am and remain in your service.