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Missourians to politicians: majority rule must continue to stand

Concerned Citizens Gather for Voting Rights Day at the Capitol to Express Support for ‘One Person, One Vote’ and the Right to Vote for all Missourians At least 150 Missourians from across the state and political spectrum rallied in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday as part of Missouri Voting Rights Lobby Day. They sent a

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Sandy Crawford Capitol report

We were successful in seeing some of our gubernatorial appointees move on to confirmation this week. Michelle Mincks of Bolivar serves on the Missouri Board of Nursing Home Administrators, Sarah Newell of Bolivar is on the Missouri 911 Service Board and Craig Jones of Brighton serves on our state’s Elevator Safety Board. I am thankful

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Freedom Caucus gears up for initiative petition debate

Madeline Shannon Missouri News Network Members of the Freedom Caucus said Thursday that they expect to debate initiative reform legislation in the Senate as early as next week. “This is unprecedented movement,” said Sen. Rick Brattin, R-Harrisonville. “Because of us pushing in, this has been pushed to the forefront and next week, hopefully, as the

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House committee approves charter school expansion

by Dmitry Martirosov Missouri News Network Bills seeking to expand charter schools into three Missouri counties were approved Monday by a House Special Committee on Education Reform. The proposals were combined into one substitute bill after the committee voted to adopt an amendment by the committee chair, Rep. Bishop Davidson, R-Republic. Committee members voted 7-2

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BBB’s tips for choosing the right tax preparer

Taxes can be complicated. If you’ve experienced major life changes, own a business, or simply want reassurance that your taxes are being done properly, it might make sense to seek the guidance of a professional tax preparer. You’ll need to be able to trust your tax preparer with your finances and sensitive personal information, so

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Politicians want to rig the rules to end majority rule in Missouri

Missourians are standing up to protect the principle of ‘one person, one vote’ On the precipice of the first hearing to dismantle democracy as Missourians have known it for over 100 years, concerned Missourians are pushing back on attempts to undermine the initiative petition process. By changing the rules for constitutional amendments, politicians want to

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Sandy Crawford Capitol report

Lawmakers heard the governor’s budget for our state this week when he gave his annual State of the State to the Legislature. He laid out his agenda for the Show-Me State, including his desire to continue fully funding the foundation formula and raising base pay for teachers to $40,000. In addition to the improvements to

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BBB tips to declutter, how to make the sale and avoid scams

If you’re looking to declutter in the New Year and make a few extra bucks along the way, you might want to try selling some of your used items online. Online marketplaces like Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, eBay, Poshmark and more make it easy to sell unneeded items, sometimes without even leaving your home. While the

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Advocates Cheer Legislative Hearing on Childcare Incentives

The Missouri Champion of Children coalition, which includes child advocates, law enforcement, military, and business and healthcare leaders, cheered today’s hearing of HB 1488. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Brenda Shields (R-St. Joseph), would provide tax incentives for businesses that provide childcare to employees and provides a tax incentive to individuals who make charitable contributions

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Sandy Crawford Capitol report

One of my priority measures was heard in committee this week. Senate Bill 736 seeks to increase the limit on investments in linked deposits by the Missouri State Treasurer. It was heard before the Missouri Senate Insurance and Banking Committee, which I chair. The MO BUCKS/Linked Deposit Program is a statutorily created lending program managed

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