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Capitol Report

Monday, December 27, 2004

Moving in the right direction

In just a little over two weeks the 93rd Missouri General Assembly will start its work looking at proposed new legislation, revising some old laws and even correcting some mistakes of the past.

There will be several new faces in the Missouri House with 38 new legislators elected in November. Of course the biggest change for this session is the election of Governor Blunt who, along with the General Assembly, will have the opportunity to keep moving our state in the right direction. There will be many challenges for everyone concerned as the state looks at another difficult budget year with the growing demands of mandatory spending programs.

However, I look forward to working with the new members in the Missouri House and our new governor as we work to prioritize our state's spending and chart a course of public policy that helps job creation in the private sector. As you know, jobs are the key to improving the quality of life for our families and helping our state raise revenues to fund public education and other state services.

Now is the time to push forward and make our state a better place to do business by passing frivolous lawsuit reform and workers compensation reform and finding a fair funding mechanism for our schools.

Fortunately, there is now a great opportunity for the General Assembly to work with the executive branch on long overdue frivolous lawsuit reforms. In fact, I attended a meeting last week where local doctors spoke of the need for meaningful frivolous lawsuit reform to protect access to health care in our rural area.

The General Assembly will also have the opportunity to move our state in the right direction by adopting sensible workers compensation reforms. It is important to stabilize the rapidly rising cost of workers compensation insurance to keep jobs and the small businesses that provide the job base in our communities.

Lawmakers and the governor also have their work cut out for them trying to find a way to address the current inequity and inadequacy of the current school foundation formula. As you may know, our schools are dependent on state funding, and I want to make sure our schools receive the money they need to give our kids a quality education.

I look forward to the challenges of the upcoming session and keeping you informed on the many issues that affect our families and our state. I hope each of you and your family enjoys the blessings of Christmas and has a wonderful new year.

You may contact me at: 201 West Capitol Avenue, Room 233A, Jefferson City, MO 65101, my toll free number 866-596-1647 or email at Mike. Dethrow@house.mo.gov.