I want to thank all the road crews that did an outstanding job of clearing Missouri’s roads after the weekend weather. This winter has been relentless even as we are approaching spring. By Monday afternoon the main roads were cleared and safe for travel due to the hard work of the state and local crews. I realize these workers spent many hours at night away from their homes and families to accomplish this. It was very much appreciated.
I was pleased to sponsor Susan Sparks from Humansville to be a member of the State Historical Records Advisory Board. Susan and her husband, Mark, came to the Capitol Wednesday morning for her confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Committee on Gubernatorial Appointments. Governor Nixon makes the initial appointment, and the Missouri Senate must then approve the nomination. Since most of these appointments pay nothing other than travel expenses to the meetings, I sincerely appreciate those citizens willing to serve in these positions.
My bill requiring the Missouri Department of Economic Development to open a trade office in Israel received a favorable vote in committee this week. I am pleased with the progress of this bill as I believe it would provide important economic opportunities for Missouri businesses and workers. In today’s global economy it is important we use every tool possible to put Missouri products in front of consumers around the globe. In 2013 Missouri exported $12.9 billion in goods.
Tuesday night the Senate spent some time debating my bill to provide a method for construction of a new state mental hospital and also to catch up on maintenance projects we have deferred for several years. The current hospital located in Fulton is past the point of its useful life. Because of the condition of the facility we are paying an excessive amount of money for utilities, workers compensation, overtime and repairs. Workers and residents also face unsafe working and living conditions daily. There is little debate on whether a new hospital is needed. Legislation to do this has been proposed by the House, Senate and Governor Nixon. The issue is how best to pay for it. My proposal is to take advantage of current low interest rates and finance construction with long term bonds. This issue will continue to be a priority topic as Session continues.
It was a great turn out for the educational meeting held at SMU in Springfield on the Farming Rights constitutional amendment. So far we have had good crowds and enthusiastic reaction to the presentations.
Upcoming meetings in the area are listed below:
Visitors to the office this week include – Ken Ashlock, Dr. Doug Kiburz, Kevin Bond, Linda Fisher, Ginger Dollinger and Mark and Susan Sparks, Jack and Patty Dill, Lee and Monica Garrett.
March 13 – 6:30 p.m. April 3 – 6:30 p.m. April 5 – 6 p.m.
Prairie Grove School Osceola High School-Commons Sedalia State Fairgrounds, 12 Winding Creek Drive 76 SE Division Road Agriculture Building, Buffalo, MO Osceola, MO 65776 Sedalia, MO
“Nothing is Politically Right Which is Morally Wrong’
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Information, Senator Mike Parson, State Capitol Building, Room 420. Phone: 573-751-8793 or 800-752-8256
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