The Governor of Missouri made his State of the State address this past week and stated that Missouri is Strong and Growing Stronger each passing day. He is correct. Our state is financially sound and we want to keep it that way. Spending more than you earn is not the recipe Missouri people use who live and work to improve their standard of living, provide for their children, and secure their Freedom. Keeping our state financially strong will not work if the Governor spends more than the state receives.
Governor Nixon's proposed his 2015 budget during the State of State address that amounted to $27.7 billion, which is the largest budget in the history of our state. That is $3 billion more than our current budget, which is an 11.7 percent increase.
The bottom line is that our Governor is basing his budget on numbers and revenues we will never see with the actions he promotes. Is a 11.7 percent possible, yes: But not when the Governor vetoes a Tax Cut bill that promotes Revenue Growth and More Jobs; Not when the Governor opposes Missouri being "Right to Work" state, (which is one of the main reasons Boeing this past month, did not select Missouri to construct their 777X); Not when the Governor accepts millions of dollars from the federal government to adopt Common Core Standards in our schools without knowing what Common Core is until a year later; Not when the Governor wants to accept federal dollars for Medicaid that after a couple of years Missouri "be on the hook" when the federal government can not provide the dollar commitment. As I have said before, Governor Nixon's ideas are too much like President Obama.
The Governor made clear that he is opposed to the majority's tax cut proposals. He also wants to add 300,000 working adults to Missouri's broken Medicaid program. The budget includes more than $128 million for higher education, and more than $365 million for early childhood and K-12. Certainly, we should invest in education and those truly in need, but we must do so responsibly, making sure that taxpayer dollars are protected, that our state's AAA credit rating is secured, and that our Freedom is protected according to our Constitution.
As a taxpayer, I understand you when you tell me the Governor's ideas and budget ideas are outrageous and unsecured. Money does not grow on trees, and the tax revenue we receive from you should either be spent wisely or be sent back to you. That is the role of a responsible fiduciary, and one I willfully assumed when I asked for your vote.
I continue to pray daily for the Lord's guidance in making decisions as your State Representative. As always I welcome and appreciate your help, support, contacts and opinions.
Finally, if we can ever be of any assistance to you at your State Capitol during the coming months do not hesitate to contact us at 573-751-0169 or you can reach my assistant, June, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you ever are around Jefferson City at any time during the year, please feel free to visit my Capitol office Room 201E. It is my pleasure to represent the good people of the 48th District.
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