Mar 25

US Senate Candidate Tony Monetti (R) and The Freedom Center of Missouri’s Dave Roland.

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – Campaign season is well underway in Missouri.

This week, we begin our series of candidates for office in statewide elections with Republican Tony Monetti, who is running for the US Senate in hopes of challenging Claire McCaskill (D) in November.

To do that, Monetti will have to win the Republican Primary Election in August. We discuss taxes, regulations on business, national security, and guns among other topics.

Also, elections aren’t the only places changes are made. The Freedom Center of Missouri’s Dave Roland provides updates on some of the cases he’s working on in Missouri and he comments on a case before the US Supreme Court that may have an affect on all Americans. We’re talking about religious freedom and free speech.

On the web:

Tony Monetti (campaign site)

Freedom Center of Missouri

MOVP MonettiMOVP Dave Roland

Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/us-senate-candidate-tony-monetti-r-and-the-freedom-center-of-missouris-dave-roland/

Mar 24

How Do Resources for Ex-Offenders Affect You?

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – Do the crime, do the time. Learn your lesson and move on with your life.

It’s not that easy for many who are sentenced to prison. That’s why Criminal Justice Ministry, ARCHS St. Louis and organizations like them around the state work to help those about to be released from prison and those who have served time.

Criminal Justice Ministry’s Anthony D’Agostino explains why that matters and how it affects everyone, even those of us with no criminal history. Featured in the first segment of the program is a video produced by ARCHS that tells Carl Swope’s story of his criminal past and his work to rebuild his life in a positive way.

Later in the program, Swope joins the conversation in person.

On the web:

Criminal Justice Ministry

ARCHS

MVP Anthony DAgostinoMOVP Carl Swope

 

Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/how-do-resources-for-ex-offenders-affect-you/

Mar 11

Budgets, Tax Cuts, and Education Reform in Missouri

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – We’re at the half way point of the 2018 Missouri Legislative Session.

While the headlines have recently been focused on accusations against Governor Eric Greitens (R), lawmakers have been debating and deciding on legislation that affects everything from tax rates to utility rates to education.

This week, former State Representative Jeanette Mott Oxford – now the executive director of Empower Missouri – and former Speaker of the House Tim Jones – now the chairman of Missouri Club for Growth – gives us their takes on what’s happened so far at the State Capitol.

On the web:

Empower Missouri

Missouri Club for Growth

Tim Jones

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Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/budgets-tax-cuts-and-education-reform-in-missouri/

Mar 11

Making Missouri A Leader in Medical Research. Also, Getting Down to Business in Education Reform

 

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – You probably know someone who’s been hit by the flu bug this year. The epidemic spread through most of the country over the past few months. For most people, it’s just a matter of waiting it out and letting the sickness run its course. For others, the virus was serious and for some it was deadly.

Saint Louis University researchers are working to develop, among other preventative medicines, a universal flu vaccine. Millions of dollars are being invested in SLU research. This week, the University’s Vice President for Research, Ken Olliff, explains what they are doing and how they hope is affects both the health and economy of Missouri (and the nation).

Also, most people agree that Missouri’s public education system needs improvement. The debate is what to change and how to improve what’s being done now.

Linda Rallo from Aligned makes their case for listening to Missouri’s business leaders when updating what is taught.

On the web:

Saint Louis University

Aligned

MOVP OlliffMOVP Rallo

Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/making-missouri-a-leader-in-medical-research-also-getting-down-to-business-in-education-reform/

Mar 01

State Policy Update and The Debate Over Utility Rates

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – Arguably the biggest task of the State Legislature is to decide how to spend our money. This week, State Rep. Kurt Bahr (R) updates us on the wonky process of creating a state budget and discusses what it means to everyone. He also talks about some of the proposals to expand school choice in Missouri.

Also, Cara Spencer from the Consumers Council of Missouri explains their opposition to a proposal that would change how investor-owned utilities, are regulated. She says the bill is good for the companies but bad for customers.

On the web:

Kurt Bahr

Consumers Council of Missouri

MOVP Bahr Feb 2018MOVP Spencer Feb 2018

Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/state-policy-update-and-the-debate-over-utility-rates/

Feb 19

Health Care Policy: Politics and Services for the Disabled in Missouri

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) –

From Washington to Jefferson City, the debate seems to no longer be should government direct health care but how should government policy direct health care?

This week, Americans for Prosperity’s Missouri State Director, Jeremy Cady updates up on his organization’s work as lawmakers deal with health care and other reforms. That list of priorities includes labor reform and tightening up civil asset forfeiture laws.

In the second segment of the show, Barb Griffith from the Missouri Association of Rehabilitation Facilities explains how some community programs work to empower those with intellectual disabilities. They help organizations provide services which help those with disabilities live as independent of lives as possible. Griffith addresses recent cuts to funding for those programs.

On the web:

Americans for Prosperity – Missouri

MARF

MOVP Cady Feb 2018MOVP Griffith Feb 2018

Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/health-care-policy-politics-and-services-for-the-disabled-in-missouri/

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