Jan 10

The Reality of Human Trafficking in Missouri

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – The two words are ugly when strung together: human trafficking.

But it’s real and it’s happening in Missouri.

This week, we hear from Christine McDonald, who survived being trafficked for sex for two decades – 17 of those years she was trafficked in Missouri.

She talks about her story and also discusses a new documentary about the life she lived and that others live now. The film is called “Human Trafficking in the Heartland” and features McDonald, among other victims.

Christine now works to help others escape “the life”.

On the web:

Christine McDonald

Cry Purple (Christine’s first book)

The Same Kind of Human (Christine’s new book)

MOVP McDonald Jan 2018

Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/the-reality-of-human-trafficking-in-missouri/

Jan 02

The Big Stories in Missouri: Reviewing 2017 and Previewing 2018 with Missourinet

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – One thing we can all agree on: 2017 was a year of change in Missouri. A new president, a new governor, a new lieutenant governor, a new state treasurer, and a new secretary of state.

Political infighting among Republicans in the Legislature. Multiple special legislative sessions .The green light from voters to build a billion-dollar airport in Kansas City. Violence in St. Louis after a police officer is acquitted of murder. The effort to bring hundreds of jobs to an impoverished part of the Bootheel. The rise and fall of hopes for Mizzou’s basketball program.

These are among the top stories of 2017.

This week, Missourinet News Director Brian Hauswirth discusses the lasting affect of these and other events that shaped our state this past year. He also gives his thoughts on what are likely to be the big stories of 2018.

Special thanks to 93.9 “The Eagle” and host Branden Rathert for contributing a video that became part of this episode.

On the web:

MissouriNet

93.9 The Eagle (KSSZ)

MOVP Hauswirth-2

Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/the-big-stories-in-missouri-reviewing-2017-and-previewing-2018-with-missourinet/

Jan 02

A Preview of the 2018 Missouri Legislative Session

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – January 3rd is the official beginning of the 2018 Missouri Legislative Session. In many ways, it will look and sound like the 2017 session because many of the same issues will be priorities for both major parties.

This week, State Representatives Jean Evans (R) and Tracy McCreery (D) preview the Session with their perspectives from their respective sides of the political aisle.

On the web:

State Representative Jean Evans

State Representative Tracy McCreery

MOVP Jean Evans 2017MOVP McCreery Dec 2017

Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/a-preview-of-the-2018-missouri-legislative-session/

Jan 02

Money, Economics, and Your Personal Finances

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – We hear media and politicians use the word “the economy” as a policy and political football of sorts all the time.

What are the real-world impacts of “the economy” on you and your family, though?

Dr. Tawni Ferrarini is co-author of Common Sense Economics and is the Robert W. Plaster Professor of Economic Education at the Hammond institute for Free Enterprise, which is part of Lindenwood University. She provides practical explanations of how economic policy affects us all and she has advice on managing your personal finances.

Also, MasterCard has a resource available to everyone on how to use technology as part of managing your personal and family finances. Service fees, interest, and other costs associated with non-traditional payment options (like cashier’s checks and money orders) often consume a significant part of the earnings many low-income Missourians bring home.

The number of Missourians who are “unbanked” or “under-banked”, especially in the state’s two urban areas, may surprise you.

MasterCard’s Mercedes Garcia gives us the facts, explains how they affect us all, and offers advice on managing your money with technology that’s available to everyone.

On the web:

Hammond Institute for Free Enterprise

Common Sense Economics

MasterCard’s “Master Your Card”

MOVP FerrariniMOVP Garcia-3

Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/money-economics-and-your-personal-finances/

Jan 02

Health Care in Missouri: Public Policy and HIV Laws

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – The Missouri Legislative Session begins in early January and health care is likely to be among the main topics (again).

This week, State Rep. Nick Schroer (R) provides a preview of the debate over health care policy and, specifically, the push to expand coverage through Medicaid. Schroer opposes the idea and explains why.

Also, with the recent case of a Missouri college student being sentenced to prison for knowingly exposing others to HIV, Empower Missouri is among the advocates for changes to state law. Ashley Quinn and Washington University Health Coach Joshua Alexander outlines the changes they want to see made in the law.

On the web:

State Representative Nick Schroer

Empower Missouri

HIV Justice Coalition

MOVP Schroer Dec 2017MOVP Alexander 2017 MOVP Quinn 2017

Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/health-care-in-missouri-public-policy-and-hiv-laws/

Dec 08

A Conversation with Lt. Governor Mike Parson (R)

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – In our ongoing series of conversations with state leaders, Lt. Governor Mike Parson (R) joins us this week and gives us his take on where we are economically and politically as a state and what he hopes to see for Missouri in the future.

Among the topics covered is Missouri’s effort to attract Amazon’s “HQ2” and the tens of thousands of jobs that will come with it. While Parson wants the Show Me State in the running for the project, he expresses concern about the incentives that may be needed to be selected. Parson also discusses his “Buy MO” initiative that hopes to let shoppers know which products are made in Missouri. That, he believes, could help support local businesses.

Also discussed are recent comments from state lawmakers that highlight the toxicity many believe defines our current state of politics and cultural conversations.

On the web:

Office of the Missouri Lieutenant Governor

MOVP Parson 2017

Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/a-conversation-with-lt-governor-mike-parson-r/

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