District 120 Capitol Report | June 04, 2015

Economic Upturn & Capitol Improvements
The latest economic indicators are in and the good news is that Missouri’s economy continues to grow at a healthy rate. For the month of May, general revenue collections increased to $649.6 million, which is up 5.7 percent compared to May of last year. In total, revenues for the current fiscal year are up by 7.5 percent when compared to 2014 – from $7.32 billion last year to $7.87 billion currently. What this all means is that Missouri’s economy is trending in a positive direction as more folks are working and purchasing goods and services, and more Missouri businesses are benefiting from this activity.

Also, as promised, over the next several weeks I will summarize some of the bills that have been “Truly  Agreed To and Finally Passed” during the First Regular Session of the 98th General Assembly.

The Capitol building is in a state of much-needed repair. The foundation is deteriorating and significant inside repairs are necessary to help preserve the Capitol building’s awe-inspiring beauty. Therefore, this week I would like to discuss three bills that affect our Capitol building.

HB 17 reauthorizes appropriations previously made by the General Assembly when the authority for the appropriations will lapse before the funds are fully expended. These projects are typically, but not always, multi-year capitol construction or maintenance and repair projects.

HB 18 authorizes expenditures for maintenance and repair on state facilities. State facilities include any building or property owned by the state, not including higher education facilities, or property owned or possessed by the conservation or transportation commissions.

Finally, HB 19 includes new improvement expenditures. The vast majority of these expenditures for fiscal year 2016 reflect Board of Public Buildings bonding for maintenance and repair projects at state facilities and at higher education institutions throughout the state. Debt service for the bonding is also included.

You may read in more detail what is happening at your Capitol below.

As always, I will work diligently and tirelessly for you as your State Representative.

-Jason

Economic Upturn
The latest economic indicators are in and the good news is that Missouri’s economy continues to grow at a healthy rate. For the month of May, general revenue collections increased to $649.6 million, which is up 5.7 percent compared to May of last year. In total, revenues for the current fiscal year are up by 7.5 percent when compared to 2014 – from $7.32 billion last year to $7.87 billion currently.

What this all means is that Missouri’s economy is trending in a positive direction as more folks are working and purchasing goods and services, and more Missouri businesses are benefiting from this activity. However, even with the current good news, economists are predicting slower growth at the end of the third quarter of 2015 for states in the Midwest. An economist from Creighton University has said states that rely heavily on energy or agriculture will see a pullback in economic activity. As a state largely dependent on its robust agriculture industry, Missouri will continue to see economic growth in the months to come, but likely at a slower rate than it has seen so far this year.

Capitol Improvements
The Capitol building is in a state of much needed repair. The foundation is deteriorating and significant inside repairs are necessary to help preserve the Capitol building’s awe-inspiring beauty. Therefore, this week I would like to discuss three bills that affect our Capitol building.

HB 17 reauthorizes appropriations previously made by the General Assembly when the authority for the appropriations will lapse before the funds are fully expended. These projects are typically, but not always, multi-year capital construction or maintenance and repair projects. The General Assembly retains complete discretion on which projects are reauthorized.

HB 18 authorizes expenditures for maintenance and repair on state facilities. State facilities include any building or property owned by the state, not including higher education facilities, or property owned or possessed by the conservation or transportation commissions. Expenditures are authorized from a variety of state funds including the Constitutionally mandated Facility Maintenance Reserve Fund pursuant to Article IV, Section 27 of the Missouri Constitution.

HB 19 includes new improvement expenditures. The vast majority of these expenditures for fiscal year 2016 reflect Board of Public Buildings bonding for maintenance and repair projects at state facilities and at higher education institutions throughout the state. Debt service for the bonding is also included.

District Events
Missouri Mission of Mercy Free Dental Services — July 31-Aug 1, Doors Open at 5 AM
MOMOM is a large scale dental clinic to provide free oral healthcare to patients of all ages who cannot otherwise afford care. The free services will be held at the Hearnes Center Field House, 600 E Stadium Blvd., Columbia, MO 65211. DENTAL SERVICES OFFERED INCLUDE: Cleanings • Fillings • Extractions. We will NOT be providing crowns, bridges or dentures. CLINIC DOORS OPEN AT 5 AM. Arrive early as the clinic is first come first serve until we reach capacity. Expect a LONG DAY. Open to both adults and children. NO CHILD CARE AVAILABLE. Please read the Patient FAQs available online at http://www.momom.org. It will explain, in greater detail, how the event is conducted and what you should expect to experience at MOMOM 2015. For more information visit http://www.momom.org.

Jacques Thibaud Trio Wine Cellar Concert— June 13th, 2015, 6:30 PM Brewer Science will continue its tradition of supporting the arts with a wine cellar performance by the internationally known Jacques Thibaud Trio from Berlin, Germany. “We are excited to bring the Jacques Thibaud String Trio to Steelville and showcase their music in a truly unique venue,” said Dr. Terry Brewer, founder and CEO of Brewer Science. “These musicians are exceptional masters of their craft, and we are delighted to help bring their talents to our region. We are looking forward to experiencing an extraordinary evening of music and welcoming the trio to one of our regions best’s vineyards.” Dr. Brewer has made it a mission for Brewer Science to encourage employees to seek out arts of all kinds to inspire creativity in their work and personal lives. On June 13, 2015, three of the world’s finest chamber musicians will bring chamber music to the wine cellar of Peaceful Bend Vineyard, located in Steelville, MO. The Jacques Thibaud String Trio is comprised of Hannah Strijbos, viola; Burkhard Maiss, violin; and Bogdan Jianu, cello. The original international trio was founded at the Berlin School of Art in 1994. The newest member, violist Hannah Strijbos, joined the group in 2012.

Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 6:30 pm, and the concert will begin at 8 pm on Saturday, June 13, at Peaceful Bend Vineyard, 1942 Highway T in Steelville, Missouri. Tickets are $35 each and can be purchased at Peaceful Bend Vineyard, Kent Jewelry, or Arts Rolla. Seating is limited. For more information about this concert, contact Peaceful Bend Vineyard at 573-775-3000.

Facts & Figures
Each week you can find an interesting fact or figure here on how Missouri measures up to other states and the U.S. government: State wine excise tax rates range from $0.11 in LA, and $0.42 here in MO, to $1.75 in IA.

I am committed to serve the constituents of the 120th District, so please feel free to contact my office anytime at 573-751-1688. Your District 120 Capitol office is 201 W Capitol Ave, Rm 115H, Jefferson City, MO 65101. If you wish to unsubscribe from this report, please email Dylan Bryant at dylan.bryant@house.mo.gov

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