Sep 12

Should voters raise our fuel tax? Also, new advocacy for disability rights in Missouri

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – One thing almost everyone agrees on is that Missouri’s highways and other infrastructure need improvements.

The disagreement comes over whether we need new or higher taxes to fund those improvements. And, if we do, how that should be done.

One this week’s program, Scott Charton, spokesman for SaferMO.com, makes their case for passage of Proposition D. That’s on the ballot in November and it calls for an increase in the state’s fuel tax.

Also, should state law increase the number of conditions required to be covered by health insurance? A new disability rights advocacy group, Missouri Disability Empowerment (MODE), says coverage for therapy for those with autism should apply to those with some other disabilities. Robyn Schlep explains why MODE is asking for the change in law. She also discusses their push to change how bathrooms are designed in public and publicly-accessible buildings.

On the web:

SaferMO.com

Missouri Disability Empowerment

MOVP Charton Sept 2018MOVP Schelp Sept 2018

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May 14

Missouri Humanities Council and Missouri Sec. of State Jay Ashcroft (R)

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – Missouri has a big birthday coming up and the Missouri Humanities Council is planning the statewide party.

Executive Director Steve Belko, PhD is the guest this week and he explains what this organization does for the state. In addition to preserving historical records, the Council supports many educational and cultural efforts. It also has programs specifically for veterans, although everyone in the state could benefit from it. Belko explains.

Also, Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft (R) updates us on the work his office does outside of running elections. This work involves watching for investment scams and helping legitimate businesses get up and running in Missouri.

On the web:

Missouri Humanities Council

Missouri Secretary of State’s Office

MOVP Ashcroft April 2018 MOVP Belko April 2018

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Apr 28

Right To Work And Other Labor Reform Ideas

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – Is “Right To Work” an issue of worker freedom or is it union busting that’s “right to work for less”?

What about the unions that are comprised of government workers? Should the rules be changed for them because they, ultimately, are negotiating for taxpayer money in their contracts?

These are just a couple of the contentious debate over labor reform in Missouri.

On this week’s episode, former Republican State Representative Carl Bearden, who now runs United for Missouri, and former Democratic State Representative Bill Otto provide two very different perspectives on the laws that affect unions.

On the web:

United for Missouri

Bill Otto (campaign site)

MOVP Bearden April 2018 MOVP Otto April 2018

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Apr 28

Updates From the BBB. Also, Candidate Profile: Saundra McDowell (R)

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) While this conversation was broadcast right before Tax Day, the warnings remain relevant: con artists want to turn a fear of the IRS into an ill-gotten quick buck.

BBB investigator Rebecca Phoenix describes some of the common financial scams that are happening now and how to spot them early enough to protect your money.

Also, in our series of interviews with candidates for statewide office, Republican candidate Saundra McDowell makes her case for becoming your next State Auditor.

On the web:

Better Business Bureau

Saundra McDowell for State Auditor (campaign page)

MOVP Phoenix BBB April 2018MOVP McDowell April 2018

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Apr 28

Telehealth in Missouri and the Future of Energy

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – Imagine being seen by a doctor and getting his/her help without actually going to the doctor’s office.

That’s happening in Missouri and the Missouri Telehealth Network is increasing access to medical professionals with technology. Dr. Karen Edison explains how it works and how it’s helping those in under served areas, especially rural ones.

Also, most of us only think about our energy supply when we get the bill each month. It’s not that simple and for much of the state, our energy infrastructure is several decades old.

Josh Campbell from the Missouri Energy Initiative explains why the state needs an updated, long-term plan for energy and what they means to you.

On the web:

Missouri Telehealth Network

Missouri Energy Initiative

MOVP Edison 2018 MOVP Campbell 2018

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Apr 28

C.O.P.S.: Taking Care of Officers’ Families. Also, How Economic Policies Affect Low Wage Workers

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – A national organization dedicated to serving the families of fallen law enforcement officers is based in Missouri. And, tragically, they are busy.

Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) is based in Camdenton. Sara Slone explains what they do, the effect they have on families, and why everyone should care even if there are no law enforcement officers in your family.

Also, it’s now common for activists, economists and politicians to debate the minimum wage. What should that rate be and should it actually be what activists call a “living wage”?

Dr. Tawni Farrarini from Lindenwood University’s Hammond Institute for Free Enterprise is a co-author of Common Sense Economics. She explains who benefits from an increased minimum wage and who loses.

On the web:

C.O.P.S.

Hammond Institute for Free Enterprise

MOVP Slone 2018MOVP Ferrarini 2018

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