We have all the info from our survey tabulated. A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to everyone who took the time and effort to respond. I got back nearly three times as many surveys as my first mailing two years ago. Some of the results surprised me but on the whole, I think we are just conservative thinking citizens. Nearly 64% of you think that we should control our own Health Care Exchange. Only 23% think we should let the Federal Government take a large role in the process. Surprisingly enough, 47% answered that we should not put an exchange in place period! 32%responded that we should expand Medicaid if it means the state will only pick up a small share of the expense.17% agreed to Missouri paying a larger share than originally promised. 65% replied that we should not expand Medicaid under any circumstances. On the subject of Paycheck Protection, 78% responded that we should implement the law. 21% feel that the current system works well enough. The questions on teachers’ salaries were pretty well split. Fifty percent responded that teachers should remain on the current step based system while 66% favor a merit-based system. 50% believe that teachers deserve an annual increase regardless of the system. On Medical Malpractice, 65% of you believe that the Legislature needs to reinstate the $350,000 cap. 62% of you would like that question to come before the voters and only 25% think we are better off without caps.
Many of you added comments to your surveys and I have read every one of them. I have to admit, some comments were less than flattering, but I really appreciate knowing that you don't agree with me. My intent is to do the will of the majority of my constituents, but each and every voter is entitled to their opinion and more than once I have changed my personal opinion after talking to one of you about a proposal before the Legislature. I'm glad to say that the good comments outnumbered the bad ones by quite a bit. Don't worry; Jane won't let me get a big head! She does a pretty good job of keeping me in my place. We have a lot of work ahead of us now that break is over, I'll report more next time. Until then, I am and remain, in your service.