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BBB tips on researching tax preparers

With tax season just getting under way, some consumers rush to file taxes as soon as their employers provide a W-2. While you may get your refund fast that way, you could be missing important deductions or leave yourself in a position where you need to file an amended return. Better Business Bureau advises consumers

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Video Game Company, Epic Games, has “F” Rating with BBB

Creator of Fortnite has over 240 unanswered complaints The gaming company behind such popular titles as Fortnite and Infinity Blade has an “F” rating with Better Business Bureau due to unanswered customer complaints. BBB serving Eastern North Carolina (BBB) is warning consumers about Epic Games of Cary, NC, which has 279 BBB complaints on file

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2019 Missouri Legislative Session begins

On Wednesday, January 9th, the first regular session of the 100th General Assembly began at noon in the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City. The first day of session is generally ceremonial in nature and allows for the Speaker of the House and President Pro-Tem of the Senate to provide speeches on their legislative priorities.

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Hartzler requests congressional pay be withheld during partial government shutdown

In wake of the partial government shutdown, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) requested Jan. 10,that the House Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) withhold her Congressional pay “until an appropriation agreement to fund the entire government has taken effect.” “Even though Members of Congress continue receiving their salary through the ongoing partial government shutdown, many federal workers are

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Capitol Perspectives: The Art of Compromise

by Phill Brooks Members of Congress and the U.S. president might want to look to Missouri for lessons about the consequences of holding a government budget hostage to achieve a legislative objective.  In 2003 an example arose when a Missouri governor’s budget blackmail probably contributed to his re-election defeat.  For another governor, a budget compromise

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Love note from Jeff City

Greetings, My Fellow Missourians My first day back in Jefferson City on Wednesday, Jan. 9, began with the welcome tradition of attending the Concord Baptist Church Annual Legislative Breakfast and Prayer Service for all Missouri government leaders.  This was my 7th year to attend this event sponsored by the Christian Life Commission of the Missouri

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BBB Advice on Evaluating Wedding Vendors

With the most popular months for weddings just a few months away, many wedding shows or expositions are scheduled early in the year. Better Business Bureau advises couples to look for ideas at shows but to be careful when booking or signing contracts for goods and services. Some vendors may offer show specials. Before grabbing

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Hartzler statement on lapse of appropriations funding

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) made the following statement regarding the lapse of appropriations funding for the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies: “On Dec. 20, I voted for a continuing resolution to fund the entire government through Feb. 7, 2019. This measure added much needed border security funding for the Department of Homeland

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Hartzler supports common sense prison reform measures

The bipartisan “First Step Act” looks to curb recidivism among non-violent drug offenders Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) supported S. 756, the First Step Act of 2018, which reduces mandatory minimum prison sentences for nonviolent drug offenders and expands programs to curb recidivism. “Congress has finally acted to reform our justice system to reduce recidivism and

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