Apr 02

Missouri Legislative Update

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – Spring Break is over for Missouri lawmakers and the second half of the Legislative Session is underway.

This week, Republican State Senator Bill Eigel and Democratic State Representative Tracy McCreery offer their views on what the Legislature should focus on for the remainder of their work this year.

On the web:

Senator Bill Eigel

Representative Tracy McCreery

Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/missouri-legislative-update/

Mar 26

Should Missouri Expand Charter School Access?

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – It’s one of the most contentious debates in the state right now and it’s not Republican-versus-Democrat.

It’s often urban and suburban versus rural.

Charter schools are only allowed in Kansas City and St. Louis right now but some lawmakers want to allow other parts of the state to have that option.

State Rep. Nate Walker (R) doesn’t like that idea and explains why.

Dr. Doug Thamen from the Missouri Charter Public School Association hopes lawmakers will make that option available statewide.

On the web:

Rep. Nate Walker

Missouri Charter Public School Association

Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/should-missouri-expand-charter-school-access/

Mar 23

Transparency and “Sunshine” in Missouri’s Government

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – It’s easy to say we want government transparency and accountability but it’s more difficult to actually make that happen.

The Missouri Sunshine Coalition’s Jean Buchanan (an editor for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch) discusses the importance of the “Sunshine Law” and the public’s access to government meetings and documents.

Also, Dave Roland from the Freedom Center of Missouri explains why he works to apply the Sunshine Law to law enforcement agencies. ROland answers some of the criticism of his legal work in that area of law.

Missouri Sunshine Coalition

Freedom Center of Missouri

Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/transparency-and-sunshine-in-missouris-government/

Mar 23

Consumer Protection Laws in Missouri

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – One of the top items on many Republicans’ to-do list this Legislative Session is to reform the state’s legal climate for businesses.

Cara Spencer from the Consumers Council of Missouri doesn’t like what she’s seeing in that effort so far and explains why.

State Rep. Nick Schoer (R) makes his case for the changes that are already underway.

On the web:

Consumers Council of Missouri

Rep. Nick Schroer

Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/consumer-protection-laws-in-missouri/

Mar 23

What’s Next in Wireless Technology and the Need for Volunteer Firefighters in Missouri

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) Is access to broadband, wireless internet a right?

Maybe. AT&T Missouri* president John Sondag updates us on the next steps in providing wireless access just about everywhere in Missouri. He discusses what that could mean to your entertainment, to education, to public safety in your community and to business.

The, acting State Fire Marshal Greg Carrell joins us to explain why volunteer firefighters are vital to many communities around the state.

On the web:

AT&T

Missouri Division of Fire Safety

* Disclosure – AT&T Missouri is a sponsor of “Missouri Viewpoints”

Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/whats-next-in-wireless-technology-and-the-need-for-volunteer-firefighters-in-missouri/

Feb 26

Business, Labor and Money. What Should Missouri Reform?

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – Few debates are a contentious as “Right To Work” and that’s just one of the issues impacting jobs and the state’s economy.

Gov. Eric Greitens signed it in to law already but organized labor is determined to put the issue on the ballot in hopes that you will overrule that decision.

This week, former Missouri Speaker of the House Tim Jones (who is now the Chairman of Missouri Club For Growth) and Empower Missouri’s Assistant Director A.J. Bockelman offer two very different views on the right to work law and on other proposals that impact how state government taxes, spends and entices business.

On the web:

Tim Jones

Missouri Club for Growth

Empower Missouri

Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/business-labor-and-money-what-should-missouri-reform/

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