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Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Funding our future
Posted Monday, July 27, at 7:16 AM
I value education and believe in allowing our students, of all ages and needs, the best education we can provide to them. This means examining funding closely, spending time interacting and understanding what is best for all students. It also means giving opportunities to students and rewarding their dedication and hard work by helping them reach their long-term post-high school goals by offering state funded student financial aid...

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Explore your state parks
Posted Tuesday, July 21, at 4:33 PM

Missouri's vast landscape, from the mountainous Ozarks to the wide river basin in Mid-Missouri, to the gently rolling hills and farmland that makes up the 21st District, is the perfect setting for an adventure. Missouri is also fortunate enough to offer 52 state-run parks and 35 state historic sites operated and maintained by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources...

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Bill signings near an end
Posted Friday, July 10, at 12:16 PM

This year, I had the pleasure of sponsoring some key pieces of legislation. The governor has 45 days upon receiving the bills to sign or veto the legislation. However, if he takes no action the legislation will automatically lapse into law. This year, that date is July 14...

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Honoring Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich
Posted Thursday, March 5, at 3:19 PM

Several days ago, the Senate received word that State Auditor Tom Schweich, 54, had died, leaving behind his wife, Katherine, and two children. The news was tragic and heart-wrenching. Legislators and Capitol staff gathered in the House Chamber that afternoon to send our thoughts and prayers to the Schweich family...

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Higher Education Compact visits Capitol

Posted Thursday, February 5, at 1:50 PM

Higher education has become not just critical, but almost necessary in today's job market. College graduates age 25 and above earn nearly twice as much as workers with a high school diploma. The median earnings gap between those who attended a four-year college versus a high school diploma is nearly double. Community colleges and technical schools also play a pivotal role, equipping students with applicable skills for high-quality jobs upon graduation...

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Resolve to be involved
Posted Friday, January 9, at 1:46 PM

With the transition to a New Year, many people start the process of making New Year's resolutions. It's a time to make new goals, many of which can be personal, professional, or somewhere in between. The New Year marks a perfect time to reevaluate these goals and make a significant transformation. One possible area of improvement is civic engagement and responsibility...

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Celebrating our veterans
Posted Monday, November 10, at 2:32 PM

Veterans Day, recognized Nov. 11 each year, is a great opportunity to look around our communities and take a few moments to thank the men and women who willingly offered their own lives for the protection of our state and country. The selflessness of these individuals is a debt that is rarely repaid in full, but this annual remembrance can be one small token of gratitude from a grateful nation...

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Senate holds Ebola hearing
Posted Friday, October 31, at 2:51 PM

Recently, my colleagues on the Senate Appropriations Committee and I met with state officials to discuss the prevention of Ebola in Missouri and the potential costs associated with the virus, should it show up here. The hearing focused on two important issues, avoiding the virus and its effects, and how the state would respond in the event of an outbreak. ...

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Capitol Report: Continuing to Learn (June 30, 2014)
Posted Thursday, July 3, at 11:50 AM

One of the good things about the interim is that lawmakers get a chance to focus on long-range projects, attend meetings and explore long-term issues. Recently, I was able to attend the 2014 Education Commission of the States (ECS), a nationwide organization dedicated to improving education for students and school personnel...

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Capitol Report: Let Freedom Ring (June 23, 2014)
Posted Friday, June 27, at 1:27 PM

I always look forward to the Fourth of July, a day when Missourians get together to watch parades, enjoy picnics or barbeques, view fireworks displays, attend patriotic events and spend time with their families. During my time as a legislator, I've had the opportunity to participate in a number of community parades and events, and to me, there's nothing that showcases the American patriotic spirit more than Fourth of July...

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Capitol Report: Transportation Tax to Solicit Public Input (June 16, 2014)
Posted Friday, June 27, at 1:27 PM

Earlier this year, the General Assembly passed House Joint Resolution (HJR) 68, a proposed constitutional amendment that would raise the state sales and use tax by an increase of .75 percent for 10 years in order to fund various transportation projects. The measure would be put to a vote of the people and the governor selected the August primary to vote on the issue, which would pass by a simple majority...

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Capitol Report: Passenger Rail Vital to Missouri (June 9, 2014)
Posted Friday, June 27, at 1:25 PM

Historically, Missouri has held a significant role in the evolution of rail transportation across our nation. In our position as the Gateway to the West, and as more railroad track extended through the plains, this state was vital to westward expansion. As we've seen other modes of transportation improve, in both comfort and speed, rail travel lost some of the grandeur it once commanded. But, things are changing...

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Capitol Repot: An Active Interim (June 2, 2014)
Posted Friday, June 27, at 1:24 PM

Missouri, like many other states, has a legislative session that only lasts part of the year. In our case, the session runs for 19 weeks before adjourning and entering the interim, or the time between legislative sessions. So far, this has been a busy interim and has set the pace for the weeks and months to follow. ...

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Capitol Report: Education Legislation Moves Forward
Posted Friday, May 30, at 1:18 PM

With Memorial Day weekend marking the first unofficial week of summer, there is a whirlwind of activity. Schools are letting out. Local pools are filled with kids enjoying their time away from school. Parents are busy preparing for family vacations. And some teachers are enjoying much needed and well-deserved time off. But, August is merely three months away, and it won't be long before parents set out to buy school supplies and get ready to send their kids off to school once again...

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Capitol Report: Gavel Falls on 2014 Legislative Session
Posted Friday, May 30, at 7:55 AM

In the last few hours of session, lawmakers debated many bills, trying to pass beneficial legislation for all Missourians. Each chamber brought up and addressed measures that were considered high priorities, or bills that might not have received much discussion since they were voted out of committee months ago. However, no matter the level of importance, many bills were brought up before the body and deliberated...

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Capitol Report: Tax Relief Passes
Posted Friday, May 9, at 9:31 AM

This week, the General Assembly won a hard-fought battle to keep Missouri on the front lines of competition in the business market and to allow Missourians to keep more of their hard-earned money. This week, my colleagues and I in the Senate voted with the necessary two-thirds majority vote to override the governor's veto of Senate Bill 509, legislation that offers tax cuts for many Show-Me State small businesses and families. ...

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Capitol Report: In Remembrance (April 28, 2014)
Posted Friday, May 9, at 9:30 AM

This week in the Missouri Capitol, I was honored to take part in an annual ceremony held to commemorate injuries, illnesses and deaths that have occurred during the last year in direct connection to the workplace. April 28 is observed across this nation as Workers' Memorial Day. ...

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Capitol Report: Making Forward Strides
Posted Tuesday, April 29, at 4:07 PM

We've had another busy week in the Missouri State Capitol. Of course, every week has its activities, but this week set the stage for many different discussions and debates in the three weeks left in the session. The Senate Appropriations Committee has finished its task of reviewing the House budget bills line by line, and those 13 bills have been voted out of committee. ...

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Capitol Report: Capitol Days
Posted Tuesday, April 22, at 4:25 PM

While most people only hear about activity in the Capitol through local news outlets, like newspapers, radio and television, a normal day in the Missouri Senate is so much more than what goes on in the chamber. During the legislative week, numerous Senate committees hold hearings on bills, and listen to testimony either for or against bills. ...

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Capitol Report: State Budget Moves Along
Posted Sunday, April 13, at 9:42 AM

Under the Missouri Constitution, the General Assembly is to pass a budget for the upcoming fiscal year and send it to the governor's desk for approval prior to 6:00 p.m. on the Friday of the first full week in May. This year, that date is May 9. Crafting the state budget is a challenging process. ...

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Senator David Pearce, a Republican, represents District 21 in the Missouri Senate, which covers Caldwell, Carroll, Howard, Johnson, Lafayette, Livingston, Ray and Saline counties. Due to redistricting, he was elected to serve the 21st District in 2012, after serving a previous term in the Missouri Senate representing District 31 in November 2008 after completing three, two-year terms in the Missouri House of Representatives. Pearce serves as chairman of the Senate Education Committee, chairman of the Joint Committee on Education, and was chairman of the Educated Citizenry 2020 Committee. Pearce was appointed to serve on the Missouri Veterans Commission in August 2009 and continues to serve in that capacity. He was also reappointed to the Midwestern Higher Education Compact in September 2010, and was honored to serve again as an Executive Committee member. In addition, Pearce serves as a member of several Senate Committees: Appropriations; Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections; and Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources. Capitol Office: 201 W Capitol Ave., Rm. 227 Jefferson City, Missouri 65101 (573) 751-2272 FAX: (573) 526-7381
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