And in Missouri Politics…

In case you were wondering and haven’t been appalled enough lately, the MO Legislature really did override Governor Nixon’s veto of SB 509. The Missouri Budget Project is calling this a massive tax scheme that will starve education, health, infrastructure, and other critical services of nearly $800 million a year when it is fully implemented.  You can read more here: http://mobudget.org/files/SB509_override_statement.pdf

A somewhat less scathing review was issued by the Coalition for Missouri’s Future. “The bill is overly complex and riddled with special-interest loopholes. It disproportionately benefits the wealthy at the expense of lower-income and middle-class taxpayers. And, it jeopardizes state funding for critical public services and infrastructure including schools, health and social services, and investments in technology”.

It seems that if there’s a silver lining, it might be that Missourians are coming together to rally for Medicaid Expansion before the session ends. The disruptive antics of some clerrgy who were calling for a renewed emphasis on human dignity were removed from the Senate chamber and arrested. (Don’t worry – they were released on site.)

And finally. In case anyone wants to get really fired up, an actual comment to the article above: “…these ministers have apparently forgotten about teaching people to catch fish rather than giving them fish. They need to be pushing education and training as a way out of the darkness. Giving more fish away simply won’t cut it!”