On Wednesday the Photo ID bill was debated on the floor. The proponents of the bill reasoned that we need photo ID’s for virtually every transaction we make in today’s world and that showing them in order to vote should not be construed as anything but a reasonable precaution. The opposition voiced concerns that some elderly people may not have the necessary documents to get an ID. The main point they made was that in some parts of the country 70 or 80 years ago, there were no birth certificates issued for “at home” births. The bill has provisions to provide an applicant with the necessary documentation and to pay for it at State expense. After considerable debate, it passed with a wide margin and now is on its’ way to the Senate.
Wednesday evening we received the State of The State address from Governor Nixon. He gave highlights of his political career and lamented that he had promised to do five things upon his election seven years ago and that only one thing remained unfinished. It looks to me that there are a lot of things unfinished. We are 47th in the Nation in industrial growth yet he has repeatedly vetoed attempts to encourage bringing industry back to the state. Our state employees are the 49th worst paid in the nation yet he refuses to budget increases. Our Children’s Division is woefully understaffed yet he raids their budget to pay his Governor’s Association dues. Our Highway Patrolmen haven’t had a meaningful raise in years but he raids their budget to buy a new plane that we don’t need. Oh, the one thing he says he didn’t get done…. ethics reform!
Friday evening was the annual International Food Fest at McDonald County High School. There was every kind of food and dessert imaginable prepared and served by some great cooks! The proceeds were all designated to the Drug Free Scholarship Program. From what I saw, they had a successful event and Jane and I both ate way too much!