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/

Nov 27

2017 Holiday Special: Feeding Our Neighbors (and the World)

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – Thousands of Missourians get involved in food drives during the holiday season – and that’s great! The need, however, is year round and it affects more people in more neighborhoods than you may realize.

Feeding Missouri’s Monica Palmer has the facts, busts the myths, and explains how easy (and inexpensive) it is to help those in need all around us.

Also, what will make Missouri’s agricultural industry “MORE”?

Missouri Department of Agriculture Director Chris Chinn explains their “MORE” initiative and what it means to farmers and the rest of the state.

On the web:

Feeding Missouri

Missouri Department of Agriculture

MOVP Monica Palmer 2017MOVP Chinn 2017

Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/2017-holiday-special-feeding-our-neighbors-and-the-world/

Nov 27

From Missouri to the World

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – In times of crisis, a Missouri-based organization steps up to provide for those affected by hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, tornadoes, and other disasters,

Convoy of Hope is headquartered in Springfield and, this week, national spokesman Jeff Nene describes what they do, why they do it, and how they remain ready at all times to help.

Also, Governor Greitens has spent some time globe trotting lately. He’s not on vacation, though. He’s trying to help facilitate agreements for Missouri businesses. In some cases, you are not paying for the trips, the Hawthorn Foundation is. The organization’s Executive Director, Steve Oslica, explains why.

Note – special thanks to our Springfield partner, FOX 5 KRBK, for connecting us with Mr. Nene for the interview.

On the web:

Convoy of Hope

Hawthorn Foundation

MOVP Jeff Nene Nov 2018MOVP Oslica Nov 2018

Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/from-missouri-to-the-world/

Nov 27

Dollars and Sense: A Conversation with State Treasurer Eric Schmitt

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – He’s not just the chief book keeper of the state, he’s also the watchdog over the investments made with your tax money.

State Treasurer Eric Schmitt (R) is featured this week and details some of the services his office provides. He also assesses our state’s economy and explains why he’s concerned about the pension system set up to provide for the retirements of thousands of public employees.

On the web:

State Treasurer Eric Schmitt’s Office (official)

Eric Schmitt (campaign page)

MOVP Schmitt 2017

Permanent link to this article: http://missouriviewpoints.com/dollars-and-sense-a-conversation-with-state-treasurer-eric-schmitt/

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