April 2017

Sen. Brown Discusses State Budget


Jefferson City- Senator Dan Brown (R-Rolla) discusses his thoughts on the Missouri Senate’s version of the state’s 2018 operating budget.

Finding the Right Balance

The Challenge and Tribulations of Crafting a $27.8 Billion Budget

The balancing act of finding ways to fund our public schools and still take care of those individuals who are the most vulnerable is not an undertaking I take lightly. First, we are spending taxpayers’ dollars. But, we are also looking for paths to best meet the needs of our constituents. No one priority should land higher on the list than the other. Continue reading “Finding the Right Balance”

Senate Approves Conservative Budget that Includes Funding Increases to Education


Upper Chamber will Conference With House Before Final $27.8 Billion Budget is Sent to Governor

JEFFERSON CITY— The Missouri State Senate sent the $27.8 billion operating budget back to the House this week after multiple days of floor debate. While the Senate and House differed on certain line-items, for the first time in a decade the General Assembly will fully fund the state’s elementary and secondary education Foundation Formula. The Senate also agreed to fully fund the Bright Flight scholarship program and increased funding for the Show-Me ECHO program to $3 million. Continue reading “Senate Approves Conservative Budget that Includes Funding Increases to Education”

Remembering Our Former Colleagues

We Have Big Shoes to Fill

This week, we took time out of our normal routine to recognize some of the men and women who have helped shaped the Show-Me State. On Tuesday, the Senate hosted a memorial service for the distinguished former senators who have passed away since April of 2014. Together with the families of the former senators, we celebrated the lawmakers’ lives and legacies and remembered their dedicated service.

After listening to the moving stories told by former Lt. Governor Peter Kinder and former Senate Pro Tem James L. Mathewson, it reminded me that my colleagues and I aren’t the first to sit in these seats, and we won’t be the last. These former senators showed a great deal of enthusiasm for Missouri. They made sacrifices, fought hard for what they believed in, and lived true to the duty of public service. They were mentors, friends, leaders, and we will be forever united together. Always a senator, they will always have a place in history.

Partisan politics aside, this ceremony helped me to remember why were are here in Jefferson City. Many of us ran for office because we believed in a better Missouri. We believed we each could make a small ripple that would eventually transform the Show-Me State.

We sometimes take for granted all of the beauty that surrounds us. This chamber is at the heart of what is the most beautiful capitol building in America. Inside these walls there is so much history. We are still making history today, and we must forever live under the weight of our decisions. Today we have the chance to determine how heavy our load will be. We get to decide how we will forever change Missouri.

This week reminded me that we have some big shoes to fill. In three weeks we will leave this building once again. Our job, at least for a little while, will be done. When we leave, will we be able to say we fought for what we believed in, that we paid attention to details? Did we have the courage to say what needs to be said? And did we rise to the grandeur of the occasion?

As I said in my opening remarks this January, I hope history remembers us for our respect for the institution and the traditions of the Senate. I hope we will be remembered for restoring civility while still speaking passionately about our convictions. I hope history will remember us as having the courage to speak up, and the courage to sit down.


The following members were recognized at this week’s memorial service:

Vince Baker
Mary Groves Bland
Harold Caskey
William Cason
Donald Gralike
John Johnson
Emory Melton
Edward Quick
John T. Russell
John Schneider
Betty Sims
Carl Vogel
Anita Yeckel

To read more about each senator who was remembered, visit the Senate Memorial page.

Senate Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin

District 32

Unleashing Innovation and Empowering Parents

How School Choice Can Strengthen our School System and Save Children from Failing

 It’s an issue our state has dealt with for decades – students trapped in failing school districts. From 2013 – 2016, nearly 20,000 Missouri students didn’t receive a diploma. They didn’t walk across the stage wearing their graduation cap with plans to continue their education. Instead they dropped out. Out of those who stayed and went on to college, 40 percent needed to take remedial courses in basic math and English just be on par with other students. Continue reading “Unleashing Innovation and Empowering Parents”

Sen. Brown Discusses Budget Deadline


Jefferson City- Senator Dan Brown (R-Rolla) discusses the constitutional deadline facing lawmakers as they continue to work to pass the state’s 2018 operating budget. Lawmakers must truly agree and finally pass the state’s spending plan for 2018 by May 5th at 6 p.m.

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