There are two Capitol Reports below from Representative Bob Nance MO-36 below. The first is from September 16th. In it Mr. Nance shares a letter from Gov. Jay “E. Coli” Nixon about the financial health of the state of Missouri (nothing is mentioned about the health of the Lake of the Ozarks). It’s nice to know that we live in a state that is fiscally conservative and believes in balancing the budget. It’s kind of funny too, you know, Missouri has strong majorities in the House and Senate of Republicans. Nice to know that there is some responsibility out there in government. Could the state of Missouri offer a training seminar to Mr. Obama and all the fools in WADC?

September 16, 2009

CAPITOL REPORT !

“It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of former State Representative Norwood Creason. Norwood was a unique individual and a good friend. He was dedicated to serving the people of this district. I will miss visiting with him at the many functions he still attended. Missouri has lost a great statesman.”

I would like to share a letter that I received from the Governor as follows:

“I have some excellent news to share with you about the financial health of our state. Last Friday, Fitch Ratings of New York affirmed Missouri’s AAA credit rating – the strongest possible rating – on our general obligation bonds. Missouri is one of only seven states, and the only state in the Midwest, to have earned AAA status from all three rating agencies.

Even so, as anyone who has had to cut the family budget can attest, it hasn’t been easy. We’ve had to discipline ourselves and re-emphasize our priorities. We’ve put off spending on things we wanted so we can afford the things we need, like economic development, health care and education.

We have had to make some tough decisions, but at the end of the day, we did what was necessary. If we had not stuck to our principles of conservative financial management and made the tough decisions in the early phases of this national and international financial crisis, Wall Street’s rating agencies now might be cutting our ratings, not affirming them. Neither the impact nor the success of our actions can be overstated.

Unfortunately, the economic challenges aren’t over, which means more belt tightening, fiscal discipline and continued focus on priorities. As we look toward the next budget year, it will be essential to preserve Missouri’s AAA bond rating. I look forward to working together to this end, as a responsible steward of Missouri’s future.”

Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon

Governor

In your service

Bob Nance

The next Capitol Report is from September 30th. This one talks about the veto session in the House that was held. Old “E. Coli” Nixon had a really happy veto pen this year, vetoing some 22 bills this year. What’s funny is that he vetoed some bills that had strong bipartisan support. The Democrats expressed their willingness to reach across the aisle during the veto session by voting on a completely party line vote on the override on HB 44. I get the reasoning for not challenging Nixon’s vetoes, if this was 1950 or something, but I am sick and tired of politics as usual in this country. I am sorry but the Republicans were too nice here. They should have challenged all 22 bills and forced the Democrats to play party politics on every single issue. You know they would have done it if the roles had been reversed.

CAPITOL REPORT

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

Abraham Lincoln

Veto Session

A veto override didn’t materialize on any of the bills vetoed by the Governor. The only bill brought up and voted on by the House was HB 544. It passed in regular session with 144 votes but only received 86 on a party line vote Wednesday the 16th. The bill would have established the Joint Committee on Recovery Accountability and Transparency to coordinate and conduct oversight of moneys received by the state and any political subdivision from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, commonly known as the federal economic stimulus act, to help prevent fraud, waste, and abuse.

I had the opportunity to tour the Ameren U.E Calloway Nuclear Plant during Veto Session. One of the officials giving us the tour and educational information was Rick Eastman who worked for Ameren in Excelsior Springs for two and a half years. I can attest that security is very good. (see picture above)

If you are keeping up with state politics, you have probably read of a State Representative and Senator resigning this past month after a FBI probe. There is a possibility that a third Representative may resign over accepting money for a favor. This marks about eight officials in the General Assembly that have resigned or wavered under bad circumstances in my five years of public service. I want to assure you that this is only eight of the nearly 300 that have served, but it is still unacceptable. Controlling the budget might be difficult, but keeping yourself on the straight and narrow should be easy. In a recent caucus meeting, leadership made it very clear that they wouldn’t stand by anyone that couldn’t follow the rules. Both parties fear the consequences when their members break laws and violate ethics standards.

In the District

On Tuesday, the 22nd I visited the David Salyer farm between Higginsville and Richmond to learn about new concepts in cattle feeding and the use of all ethanol products and derivatives.

On Thursday, I attended the Insurance Coalition Conference on the potential changes in the coming year.

Last Friday, Representative Dwight Scharnhoarst and I spoke at a forum on Autism at the Elms Hotel. The event was sponsored by the Missouri Association for Family & Community Education. We thank Mary Martens and the Richmond MAFCE for the invitation.

The Resource/Health Fair for Ray County Seniors, their caregivers and others will be held on October 13, 2009, at the United Christian Presbyterian Church in Richmond. Registration starts at 3:30 and the event runs from 4-7 pm. It is sponsored by the Ray County Senior Services Board. For questions, email: infoRCSSB@yahoo.com.

In your service

Bob Nance

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