Nov 12

Energy and Business: Looking Ahead to 2019

by Mike Ferguson,

(St. Charles, MO) – The elections are behind us and now the focus is gearing up for the 2019 Missouri Legislative Session, which begins in about a month and a half.

Renew Missouri wants to see state laws and incentives changed when it comes to renewable energy, specifically solar power. Executive Director James Owen explains why they want to see a solar customer bill of rights. He also argues for more competition in the energy market so solar power can compete with utility companies more.

Also, small businesses are affected by state law significantly and Missouri’s branch of the National Federation of Independent Business is already working on their goals for 2019’s lawmaking session. Executive Director Brad Jones outlines their agenda for the next session and talks about why he believes it benefits the entire state.

MOVP Owen Nov 2018MOVP Jones Nov 2018

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Nov 12

Election Preview: The Case Against Amendment 1 and Assessing Missouri Politics

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO – A few weeks ago, State Rep. Tracy McCreery (D) argued for Amendment 1, what supporters call “Clean Missouri”. This week, former US Senator Jim Talent (R) provides the case against the measure.

Talent leads Missourians First, which opposes the proposal that would make minor changes to campaign finance rules and major changes to how state legislative districts are drawn.

Also, Dr. Joe Cernick, editor of the Missouri Policy Journal, assesses the state of Missouri politics and policy right now. How much of the voters’ decisions will be based on their opinion of President Trump? How partisan is the divide in the state or is it more rural vs. urban? Cernik looks at it from the viewpoint of a political scientist.

MOVP Talent Nov 2018MOVP Cernik Nov 2018

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Nov 12

State Treasurer Eric Schmitt

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – He’s responsible for balancing the state’s checkbook, so to speak.

And Eric Schmitt (R) says some important decisions need to be made now to make sure the checkbook balances out in the years to come. Specifically, Schmitt says the state’s public pensions need to be reexamined and changes need to be made to ensure they are funded properly for future retirees.

Schmitt’s office may also have some of your money or property and he wants to give it back. He discusses the state’s unclaimed property program and how you can check to see if anything of yours is being held by the state.

The Treasurer’s Office has launched a new website so anyone can see how the state government is spending your tax money. He described that and talks about transparency in state spending.

Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/state-treasurer-eric-schmitt/

Nov 12

Election 2018: Ballot Issue Decisions and Auditor Candidate Saundra McDowell (R)

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – It’s an “off year” election that has the feel of a Presidential election year in Missouri. We’re deciding a variety of issues on the ballot including medical (and recreational) marijuana, a proposed increase to the state’s minimum wage, and a plan to overhaul how state legislative district lines are drawn.

This week, State Representative Tracy McCreery (D) provides a Democratic viewpoint on many of the ballot proposals, specifically Amendment 1 – what supporters call “Clean Missouri”.

Also, Republican nominee for State Auditor Saundra McDowell discusses her campaign and the changes she hopes to make if elected. Democratic nominee, current State Auditor Nicole Galloway, has been invited to be on Missouri Viewpoints but declined,

MOVP McCreery Oct 2018MOVP McDowell Oct 2018

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Nov 12

Investing in Digital Infrastructure and Teaching Common Sense Economics

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – As business, education, economy, and health care evolve at a proverbial break-neck pace, the future of high speed online access is being thought of the same way we think of physical infrastructure. This week, ATT Missouri* President Craig Unruh updates us on the implementation of broadband access upgrades being made throughout the state. ATT is the vendor chosen by the federal government to upgrade and build the system nationwide.

Unruh describes what’s being done and the effect the work is likely to have on rural parts of the state, on business and entrepreneurship, on health care, and on education.

Also, Dr. Tawni Ferrarini from Lindenwood University’s Hammond Institute for Free Enterprise discusses their work in expand economics education by partnering with local schools. Ferrarini is a coauthor of Common Sense Economics and is part of the effort to provide curriculum for schools to help teach students the importance of money management and basic, real world economics.

MOVP Unruh 2018MOVP Ferrarini Sept 2018

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Nov 12

Missouri Politics Update: A View From Both Sides of the Aisle

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – 2018 has been a bizarre year in Missouri’s politics. What’s ahead in 2019?

This week, State Senator (and now State Representative-Elect) Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D) and State Representative Shamed Dogan (R) give their thoughts on the pros and cons of the legislative work done this year. They also discuss what they think will be the most important decisions they will have to make in the 2019 Legislative Session, which begins in less than a month.

MOVP Dogan Oct 2018MOVP Chappelle Nadal 2018

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