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On the farm, the "to do" list never seems to end—and only grows when the weather doesn't cooperate. For my family, we found a small window when it was dry enough to wean calves a few weeks ago—and it has rained off and on since, delaying other much-needed work. Challenges such as weather are a...
If there’s one thing that should unify this country, it’s support for our allies who have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with us to confront terrorists who seek destruction over prosperity. Over the past few weeks, our closest ally in the Middle East – Israel – has been bombarded by nearly 3,500...
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The General Assembly adjourned its 2021 regular session on Friday, May 14, and it has been my distinct honor to represent the people of the 33rd District in the Missouri Senate this year. By the time the last gavel fell, we had passed 69 separate bills.   As a member of the legislature, I never...
Isaiah 28:16-17 Therefore thus saith the Lord God: Behold I will lay a stone in the foundations of Zion, a tried stone, a corner stone, a precious stone, founded in the foundation. He that believeth, let him not hasten. 17 And I will set judgment in weight, and justice in measure: and hail shall...
At the Capitol, we are now wrapping up the spring session.  It’s been a very busy time.  Unfortunately, we often don’t get serious about debating the strengths and weaknesses of legislation until the last few weeks of session.   Sometimes at this time of year, we debate omnibus bills with many,...
As I prepare this report, the Missouri General Assembly will soon vote on a Fiscal Year 2022 operating budget that totals more than $34 billion. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I’ve truly appreciated the opportunity to participate in the budget process and dig into the numbers...
At the Capitol, the Missouri House and Senate just passed the final agreed upon version of the state’s balanced budget.  Our Governor, Mike Parson, will next review the budget and has the authority to line-item veto certain budget items as well as defer appropriation of other line-items until...
Funding for Medicaid expansion in the state budget was dealt a final blow by the Senate late Wednesday night. That funding had previously failed to gain support in the House. The next step is likely to be decided by the courts. Gov. Mike Parson initially included $1.9 billion in the budget —...
On Wednesday, Joe Biden gave a speech in the House chamber laying out his vision for America. The America Joe Biden described is not one I recognize, and if Joe Biden’s vision comes true, the values that have defined America will be forever lost. His address this past week stands in stark...
On a recent afternoon in mid-April, hundreds of Missourians rallied at the Missouri State Capitol to urge the legislature to protect their property rights. The rally was sparked by an egregious abuse of eminent domain in northern Missouri. Several years ago, a group of investors announced plans...

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