Unfortunately, misunderstanding is a part of politics. When this occurs, I believe it is best to step in front, and explain matters, which is how I will begin this Capitol Report.
Recently, the Chair of the Policy Development Caucus toured the state gathering feedback from Missourians about road funding options. I am a part of this committee and expressed some concerns about some of these options, but Representative Messenger wanted to seek some true input from taxpayers about several different paths for funding. These are options, and at his meetings he treated them as such. At least at the regional meeting I attended, he gave no endorsement of any option, he only gave information and distributed surveys to gain the thoughts of Missouri taxpayers. Apparently, some people believe he might be giving the PDC blessings to some of these options, specifically giving lettered highways to counties. This is not the case.
Let me say here, that I do not endorse any particular option expressed in these meeting, but I am opposed to toll roads, and reverting lettered highways back to counties. Toll roads would require federal as well as state action, and does not enjoy a great deal of support around the state. Also, I consider such a move to be economically detrimental to the 51st District. The option for reverting lettered highways to counties has never appealed to me as a county resident, and as a representative I don’t believe it is financially feasible. Finally, REVERTING LETTERED HIGHWAYS to the counties is the LEAST FAVORED OPTION among those presented at Representative Messenger’s meetings. More on this subject in the near future!
Finally, with Veto Session officially over and, as mentioned last week, HCB 3 was the only bill the House decided to take up on the Floor. Ultimately, the veto of HCB 3 was not overridden, but House and Senate leadership have committed themselves to formulating a fiscally responsible plan that will ensure services are maintained for those in need. The annual Veto Session was the final opportunity of the year to enact law despite the governor’s objections. Other vetoed bills that were not brought up last week were HB 850, HCR 19, HB 5, HB 6, HB 9, and Senate Bills 65 and 128. These bills are discussed in detail below.