Below is Missouri State Representative Bob Nance’s Capitol Report from Oct. 22. In it he talks about the future of the Missouri state budget and some local district stuff.

October 22, 2009

“The greatest advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science and literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government.” Milton Friedman

State Finances

As you know, the economy has caused our state budget to take a deep hit.  Revenues are not nearly as high as they have been in the past, which will cause many state programs to suffer.

Last session, our Budget Committee, led by Representative Allen Icet, worked night and day to produce a balanced budget.  It was much more difficult than it has been in previous years due to the decline in our state’s income.  Because of the countless hours spent working in both the House Budget Committee and Senate Appropriations, the budget passed through both chambers and was placed on the Governor’s desk for signature.

Unfortunately, with tax revenues down, balancing the 2011 Fiscal Year budget will be a significant challenge, even compared to last year’s budget process.

The House is committed to balancing the budget without raising taxes.  It’s not fair to place a financial burden on your family in order to lessen the financial burden on the state.  Each state program must be analyzed for ways to be more prudent with revenues in these trying times.

In The District

Congratulations to Tim Tipton on receiving the contract for the local license bureau. Not only did he get the contract, but he is working with Ben and Darla Wierzbicki to continue the day to day operations. Tim and Ben plan on helping fund youth programs in the area when possible. This is bi-partisanship at its best.

On Wednesday the 21st I attended the Excelsior Springs S.A.F.E. meeting. I continue to support all of our school groups that promote alcohol and drug prevention programs. If you have Mediacom Cable, you have probably seen my Public Service Announcement. Contact your local school if you would like to be involved.

Today I shared our accomplishments of the past session on senior issues. The event was at Tri-County Mental Health Services.

Friday evening is the Excelsior Springs Hospital Foundations annual dinner.

Saturday, I will see you at the Richmond Chamber’s annual banquet.

In your service

Bob Nance

Quick Links:

www.state.mo.us

www.house.mo.gov

www.MoDot.org

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