Capitol Report 09/03/2015

Legislative Survey & Disaster Relief
This spring my office sent out a legislative survey to each household asking constituents to share their thoughts and opinions on a series of important topics that the General Assembly could potentially address. In return, I received an overwhelming number of great responses, so thank you to those who took the time to complete the survey. I have included the final survey results in this edition of the Capitol Report. Please know that your responses will help guide me when certain matters come before the House for consideration. When we have clear objectives, our goals are within reach, and Missouri’s future remains bright!

In other news, Gov. Nixon announced this past Tuesday that eight more Missouri counties will receive disaster assistance after the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved his request to expand the federal major disaster declaration for flash flooding and severe storms that was declared on Aug. 7. Local governments and nonprofit agencies in Camden, Jackson, New Madrid, Nodaway, Oregon, Pemiscot, Phelps and St. Clair counties can now seek federal assistance in response and recovery expenses associated with the flooding and severe weather. Public assistance allows local governments and eligible nonprofit agencies to seek assistance for response and recovery expenses associated with the severe weather and flooding.

Gov. Nixon also announced that small, nonfarm businesses in 112 Missouri counties, including Phelps and Crawford counties, are now eligible to apply for low interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). These loans offset economic losses resulting from excessive rainfall and flooding that began March 1, 2015.Missouri also received a USDA disaster designation making farmers impacted by severe weather eligible for low-interest loans and other assistance.

The eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLS) includes both businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers who have suffered agricultural production losses caused by the disaster as well as businesses directly affected by the disaster. , nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for EIDLs of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred.

By law, SBA makes EIDLs available when the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture designates an agricultural disaster. Secretary Tom Vilsack declared this disaster on August 26, 2015. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela

Finally, this Labor Day, please take a moment to reflect upon the benefits that American labor bought for all of us with their efforts, and the brighter days they will help us achieve with their continued diligence. You may read more about what is happening at your Capitol below.

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

-Jason

Legislative Survey
This spring my office sent out a legislative survey to each household asking constituents to share their thoughts and opinions on a series of important topics that the General Assembly could potentially address. In return, I received an overwhelming number of great responses, so thank you to those who took the time to complete the survey. I have included the final survey results below. Please know that your responses will help guide me when certain matters come before the House for consideration. When we have clear objectives, our goals are within reach, and Missouri’s future remains bright!

1.) Generally, is Missouri’s budget too small in priority areas such as education or social services, making it necessary to increase taxes?
Yes 127 21.56%                 No 320 54.33%                 No Opinion 22 3.74%                 No Response 120 20.37%

2.) Should tax credit programs like these be reined in because they reduce tax revenues available to state government spending on priorities like education, public safety, and the disabled?
Yes 261 44.31%                 No 169 28.69%                 No Opinion 37 6.28%                 No Response 122 20.71%

3.) Should Missouri tax law be changed to apply the same sales tax rates and requirements to all purchases, for both Missouri-based retailers and purchases made over the internet?
Yes 208 35.31%                 No 244 41.43%                 No Opinion 19 3.23%                 No Response 118 20.03%

4.) Should the legislature put before the voters a proposition that would temporarily increase the current 17-cent per gallon road tax by a modest amount so that additional revenues could be bonded to generate additional revenue for road and bridge construction?
Yes 243 41.26%                 No 200 33.96%                 No Opinion 25 4.24%                 No Response 121 20.54%

5.) Is Missouri’s state education system adequately preparing children to compete in the global workforce?
Yes 203 34.47%                 No 231 39.22%                 No Opinion 34 5.77%                 No Response 120 20.37%                 Invalid Response 1 0.17%

6.) Should Missouri’s teacher tenure system be eliminated and replaced with a compensation system based solely on merit and performance for teachers?
Yes 280 47.54%                 No 161 27.33%                 No Opinion 25 4.24%                 No Response 123 20.88%

7.) Should Missouri’s education system participate in and utilize national standards for school performance and curriculum?
Yes 185 31.41%                 No 247 41.94%                 No Opinion 41 6.96%                 No Response 116 19.69%

8.) Should Missouri’s education department stay out of curriculum development and performance reviews because these are issues best handled by the local school district?
Yes 311 52.80%                 No 131 22.24%                 No Opinion 131 22.24%                 No Response 24 4.07%

9.) Should Missouri act to provide additional health care services for the indigent by expanding Medicaid and accepting additional federal funds with existing strings attached?
Yes 147 24.96%                 No 298 50.59%                 No Opinion 26 4.41%                 No Response 117 19.86%                 Invalid Response 1 0.17%

10.) Should Missouri accept additional federal funds for Medicaid expansion if the state can receive the authority to overhaul the existing Medicaid system into a less cumbersome and more effective health care delivery system?
Yes 285 48.39%                 No 156 26.49%                 No Opinion 29 4.92%                 No Response 119 20.20%

11.) Should Missouri’s current contribution disclosure law be left as is since all contributions in excess of $5,000 by any group or individual are already immediately disclosed?
Yes 249 42.28%                 No 192 32.60%                 No Opinion 28 4.75%                 No Response 120 20.37%

12.) Should Missouri prohibit performing all abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or threat to the life of the mother?
Yes 301 51.10%                 No 156 26.49%                 No Opinion 16 2.72%                 No Response 116 19.69%

13.) Should Missouri law be changed to abolish use of the death penalty?
Yes 65 11.04%                 No 391 66.38%                 No Opinion 22 3.74%                 No Response 111 18.85%

14.) Should Missouri law be changed to expand the death penalty for criminals convicted on numerous different counts of forcible rape and incest?
Yes 309 52.46%                 No 132 22.41%                 No Opinion 31 5.26%                 No Response 117 19.86%

15.) Should Missouri law be changed to allow for the decriminalization of marijuana only for medicinal use?
Yes 239 40.58%                 No 216 36.67%                 No Opinion 17 2.89%                 No Response 117 19.86%

Disaster Relief
Gov. Nixon announced this past Tuesday that eight more Missouri counties will receive disaster assistance after the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved his request to expand the federal major disaster declaration for flash flooding and severe storms that was declared on Aug. 7. Local governments and nonprofit agencies in Camden, Jackson, New Madrid, Nodaway, Oregon, Pemiscot, Phelps and St. Clair counties can now seek federal assistance in response and recovery expenses associated with the flooding and severe weather. The expanded declaration means that the Aug. 7 federal disaster declaration for Missouri, which already included the largest number of counties since the Great Flood of 1993, now includes a total of 76 counties. Public assistance allows local governments and eligible nonprofit agencies to seek assistance for response and recovery expenses associated with the severe weather and flooding.

Gov. Nixon also announced that small, nonfarm businesses in 112 Missouri counties, including Phelps and Crawford counties, are now eligible to apply for low interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). These loans offset economic losses resulting from excessive rainfall and flooding that began March 1, 2015.Missouri also received a USDA disaster designation making farmers impacted by severe weather eligible for low-interest loans and other assistance.

The eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLS) includes both businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers who have suffered agricultural production losses caused by the disaster as well as businesses directly affected by the disaster. , nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for EIDLs of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred.

By law, SBA makes EIDLs available when the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture designates an agricultural disaster. Secretary Tom Vilsack declared this disaster on August 26, 2015. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela

District Visits
chipmanbodyDuring the interim season between legislative sessions, I have been attending several meetings with local organizations and businesses and making constituent visits. This week I had a great tour of Steelville Manufacturing, who makes airframe parts. Thank you to the Bell family for employing 135 local Missourians! In the next few weeks I will be meeting with several more local businesses in District 120 including:

  • Meramec Instrument Transformers, Cuba – Sept. 14th at 10 AM
  • Sullivan Hospital – Sept. 21st at 10 AM
  • Crawford County Electric Co-Op, Bourbon—Sept. 28th at 10 AM

If you are a local business or organization and would like me to come visit your location, please email my legislator assistant, Dylan Bryant, at dylan.bryant@house.mo.gov

Special Events
MDC Hosts Ladies Free Fishing Day at Maramec Spring Trout Park
Location: Maramec Spring Trout Park near St. James
Date: Saturday, September 12, 2015, 7:30 AM to 7:15 PM
Women of all ages will have a chance to trout fish for free at Maramec Spring Park. For more information, call (573) 265-7801 or on the web at http://www.mdc.mo.gov/2921

Discover Nature-Fishing
Location: Van Buren Library, 403 Ash Street, Van Buren
Date: Thursday, September 24, 2015, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Discover Nature- Fishing Lessons 1 & 2. Equipment, Casting, proper fish handling, how to tie and knot and bait a hook. 1 hour of practicing casting with “backyard bass” on the library premises and fishing in the Current River. Adults must accompany their children at all times at the river.

Effective Wingshooting for the Hunter-Shotgunning
Location: Duck Creek Conservation Area
Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
(EXPERIENCED SHOTGUN HUNTERS AGE 15 AND UP) The wingshooting seasons are just right around the corner. Are you ready? This intermediate program is designed to elevate the skills and knowledge of seasoned hunters. Participants will hear from experts on current wounding loss, ballistic properties of non-toxic shot, wingshooting, gun fit, and much more. Shooters will enjoy a full day of shooting FREE of charge. Participants must bring their own shotgun and chokes. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. To register, please call the Southeast Regional Office at 573-290-5730. Reservations began 7/22.

Facts & Figures
Each week you can find an interesting fact or figure here about Missouri!

Warsaw holds both the record for the lowest recorded temperature, -40 degrees, and the highest recorded temperature, 118 degrees, in the state.

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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