The Question Remain


The Questions still remain for a number of issues and situations.

The first question might be what happens now?
The answer to that question is played out over
the next several months. The second question:
Will there be any real change in Jefferson City.
We now have a Democrat Governor and a Republican Legislature. The third question: Will civility return to the Legislature? The fourth question: will the people of the state be the
first consideration of these elected
representatives and senators or will they
continue to serve the rich, and their friends and cronies? The fifth question: Will we see laws
and regulations that really benefit all of
Missouri or will those laws be narrow in scope, marginally constitutional or totally
unconstitutional?

Initially there will be a transition by Bunt’s
Governorship to Governor-elect Nixon.
Transition has already begun. I am sure it will be thorough and efficient. Having seen the
Governor-elect at work in the Attorney
General’s office and as a Senator, I have no
doubt. During that transition there will be
selections made for the Cabinet and assistant director positions in the Departments of State Government.

The answer to questions two, three, four and
five above rests with the Republicans. They still have control of the Missouri Legislature in both bodies; that means there will be no change
unless there is real effort on the part of the
House and Senate Leaders. I would hope there
is real change. Judging from the campaign in Bollinger and Madison, and Wayne Counties
there does not appear to be much change. The Republican Party candidate ads seemed much more negative and personal this election. Apparently this is the wave of the present and


 

 


future, unless we the people start saying no to
those attacks and require candidates to stay on
the issues.
The many things the people of Missouri need
are very likely to be slow in coming due to the
inflated, rosy picture of Missouri’s fiscal
situation. The Legislature needs to trim the
huge amount of state tax credits given to
corporations by their predecessors and the
previous governor. What are tax credits? They
are grants to not for profit corporations and to
certain development projects and other
projects sanctioned and created by law. State
taxes are reduced by certificates given by the
Department of Economic Development. The
projects approved reduce the state tax burden
of the person or corporation getting them.
In the year 2000, I am told the tax burden was
($100) One Hundred Million dollars and now
it’s up to ($800) Eight Hundred Million dollars.
This kind of spending will have to be brought
under control if any real progress for programs benefiting the people is to be realized.

The Legislature has to realize that Health care in Missouri is in free fall. Emergency room care is
too expensive. Many people who have been
denied care are costing us huge amounts
because they must go to the emergency rooms
to get care. The number of uninsured and underinsured is climbing at an alarming rate.
The General Assembly must take a hard look at
long term fixes and not just band-aid approaches.

Term Limits has been a pet peeve of mine for
some time. I see things happening in Jefferson
City purely because of lack of experience and ignorance. When we passed term limits in 1992,
the people were determined to stop a runaway Congress. What they failed to realize because of
a lack of education about government, was the federal government is not changed by a
Missouri Petition Referendum effort; even if it
does pass.

 

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FORMER STATE SENATOR
        JERRY T. HOWARD