JEFFERSON CITY – Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake St. Louis, speaks about HB 1246 and Missouri gaining one more tool to fight human trafficking.
How We are Bringing More Awareness to the Sex Trafficking Epidemic
It’s a list we don’t want to see our name appear on. Unfortunately, Missouri is a hotspot for human trafficking with St. Louis and Kansas City ranking among the top 20 in the frequency of reports. These are young men and women in our own communities who are bought and sold for sexual exploitation. We have learned that many of these victims are vulnerable children, some as young as six years old. This statistic is appalling and frightening, and we must pay more attention to this modern day slavery epidemic. Continue reading “Seeing Strength in Survivors’ Stories”
Taking Care of Some of Our Most Vulnerable Citizens is our Priority
Last year was a tough budget year for the state of Missouri. Lawmakers had to make some hard decisions. Unfortunately, one of last year’s budget reductions was the MO Rx program. This budget situation forced the General Assembly to reauthorize the program for dual eligible (Medicaid and Medicare) recipients only, reducing the program’s enrollment by about 25 percent. The move saved the state about $12 million, but for many of us in the Senate, that $12 million came at too high a cost. Continue reading “Restoring Essential Services to our Seniors”
JEFFERSON CITY – We are currently facing difficult decisions in our state about how we can fund our roads, education, health care, and programs for senior citizens. The Low Income Housing Tax Credit program has merit. However, by lowering the cap, we can make this program more efficient and a better value to Missouri taxpayers.
JEFFERSON CITY – Historic Preservation tax credits were originally supposed to be self-limiting because only a certain amount of historic property exists in the state. Today, the program has grown to $140 million. While this is a great program and very successful, it comes at a cost to Missouri taxpayers. The question is, do we continue the program at the $140 million level, or are there other needs around the state that could benefit from those resources, like the elderly, disabled, and our veterans.
By Reining in Regulations, We Can Create a More Encouraging Business Environment
More regulations means more money out of pocket for many of our farmers and small business owners. For far too many years, the amount of new regulations in Missouri was outpacing the federal government. It’s time we hold these regulations by the reins and take a more conservative approach to governing the Show-Me State. Continue reading “Making Missouri a Model State”