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Tilley, Robinson gear up for next legislative session

Editor’s Note: This is the third of a three part series that deals with Rep. Brad Robinson and Rep. Steve Tilley’s first legislative session.

By CHRIS CLINEDaily Journal Staff Writer

While the next legislative session is still months away, both Rep. Brad Robinson, D-Bonne Terre, and Rep. Steve Tilley, R-Perryville, are formulating a plan for their next session in Jefferson City.

“The next legislative session I think we will be debating amendments on issues that we voted on during the last session,” Robinson said. “To this day, no one had told us how we are going to fund the new education formula. The funding has been based on simulated economic growth. We can’t use a crystal ball to fund the formula. Gypsies do that, not legislators.”

Robinson said he plans on pre-filing a bill that deals with sexual abuse victims.

“I have been working with Children’s Haven on this piece of legislation,” Robinson said. “I am also looking at a bill that will benefit the employees of the Department of Corrections. I want to try to figure out how to get them some extra money.”

Tilley said he is also focused on doing a good job during the next legislative session.

“I enjoyed my first session and I am hopeful that my second can be just as productive,” Tilley said. “Funding our education formula has to be our top priority.”

Having the support of their families is something that both Tilley and Robinson treasure.

“The support that I receive from my family is what enables me to do this,” Tilley said. “There are sacrifices that they are making and that I am making so I can do this. However, I really enjoy working for the constituents of my district and the residents of the State of Missouri.”

Robinson said without the support of his family there would be no way he could serve as a state representative.

“You cannot neglect your family,” Robinson said. “My wife is my biggest supporter. You have to keep a balance between family and work. If I ever saw it teetering the wrong way, I would get out.”

Robinson recently announced he will be seeking re-election to his house seat in the November 2006 election.

“I am looking forward to the next campaign,” Robinson said. “I enjoy meeting and talking with folks. The only thing I don’t enjoy is the negative part of the campaign. When you run a campaign it is exciting. During the last one I stuck to the issues that I thought were important to my district and the state. Then I started hearing the opposition releasing propaganda. Don’t come out and use blatant lies to give people misinformation. I took the high road during the last campaign, but it weighed on me.”

Robinson said his next campaign could be different.

“We will be prepared next time, and if it happens again, we will cut them off at the knees,” Robinson said. “If the same tactics are used by my opposition to win the next election, they had better be prepared.”

While Robinson has already expressed his intentions for the 2006 election, Tilley has not made an official announcement stating his.

“There is plenty of time for that,” Tilley said. “Right now I am focusing on my family and the next legislative session.”

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