This week starts with taking on Senate bills and bills that are moving suddenly get loaded with amendments hoping to get their legislation through that way.
One such bill had an amendment put on that would take away the ability of city municipalities to properly legislate their own licensing of Professional Registration businesses of plumbers, funeral homes, electricians, etc…This amendment states that everything should be regulated by the state. Not True, cities should have their own power to properly license their own. This amendment is not good and needs to die in the House.
I talked briefly before about SNAP (food stamp program). This bill HB 1486 did pass the House and is now headed to the Senate. With this bill, we don’t want to take assistance away from those that are on welfare, we want to help get people off welfare, help with job training and job placement so people can help provide for their family. Tough love is needed. Tax payers want to help but they also don’t want to have people on welfare for the rest of their lives.
Charter school legislation came up again this year. Last year, I did change my no vote to a Yes vote due to the fact that a yes vote did not affect by district and it also made the provisions to fully fund the school formula. Not the case this year. Budget has already fully funded the school formula and this is not a good bill and I will not be voting for it. This bill does not have enough support and will not be moving.
Last thing I want to mention is this tax reform bill that is up for debate. This is too important for the state of Missouri to rush through with a bill of this magnitude. I know that by cutting taxes, that would help ease the tax burden on families and businesses, but we need to know that we have the revenue that is needed to fund our expenses. I would like to see the House take more time to fully study all facets of this tax reform and when we are sure of our revenue income; then cut taxes accordingly.
I had the pleasure of congratulating Ryan Honerkamp for his research work as a student at the Missouri University of Science and Technology at Rolla. Congratulations Ryan!
Missouri 116th District State Representative Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, files his Capitol Report at the end of each week the state legislature is in session.