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Rebuttal to Missouribudget.org2013-08-27 16:42:50memyself

Don't believe this fear mongering. RE: Texas has seen, first hand, the positive economic results of limiting taxes paid by those corporations that do the lion's share of providing jobs. For Missouri to do likewise would not be a mistake, but a true incentive to creating more, and better paying jobs. But as all socialists seem to think, 10 or 15 thousand more burger flippers is the way to grow Missouri's economy. RE: Gov. Jay Nixon’s Excessive Spending $16K for candy at Dept. of Mental Health $250K for NFL Football expenses for Dept. of Revenue $716K for food at Education meetings $1.6 million for “agency provided” food $225 million in undisclosed state agency spending $1.6 million for travel for Education departments $26 million for travel across agencies $13 million for “reserve postage” across agencies $141K for “limousine services” at DESE $5.6 million for new airplane for Department of Public Safety RE: I value my kids future. I want my kids to 1. be able to find a job. 2. be prepared for collage. 3. be independent and think outside the box 4. Have a choice of school that they will attend, Vouchers are needed to put competition back into the education system 5. Be smarter than a 5th grader. The public school system is failing at all these. Spending more money on public school system will not fix the systemic problems of a dumbed down curriculum, undisciplined environment, unfocused objectives, unprioritized goals, and politically biased teachings. And there are way to many so called teachers any way. I am talking about counselors, parent liaisons, administrative assistants, Special Educators, librarians, computer instructors, Reading (ELA) teachers, gifted/explore, and that is for an elementary school. The education system in America is as dysfunctional as Indian Affairs. RE: Missouri's high school graduation rate is only 74% while Texas is 84%. Maybe Missouri should focus more keeping kids in school. RE: Missouri's poverty rate among children is 21% while Texas is 25%. Keep in mind that Texas has a large Hispanic illegal immigrant population that distort the poverty rate. RE: The Missouri maximum classroom size is 25-33, K-12 while the Texas classroom size is about the same. is all wrong in their comparison of Texas. For Dimocrats if it is not the race card it is the education card. Dimocrats do not play with a whole deck.

Override of HB 253 is bad for Missourians2013-08-23 21:56:42tgleason

We at wish that the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and other groups would use their positions to promote Missouri as the good place to do business that it is. Instead, they’re hosting Governor Rick Perry, who is actively trying to poach businesses from our state. The Missouri Chamber says it fosters “positive economic development opportunities for Missouri employers.” We didn’t realize that it meant in Texas. Representatives of the Missouri Chamber and other groups are actively promoting an out-of-state effort to encourage businesses to leave Missouri. What’s more, they’re spending millions of dollars to push extreme and ineffective tax cuts that would not benefit average Missourians and won’t create jobs, but would have long-term devastating impacts on families, communities, and our economy – all to pay for big tax cuts for profitable corporations and the very wealthiest. The facts around HB 253 are clear – it’s a sloppily drafted piece of legislation full of errors that would actually cost Missourians millions. And despite the dog and pony shows of its well-funded supporters, it would do nothing to help create jobs in the Show Me State. Missouri already has one of the lowest effective corporate tax rates and ranks highly on national surveys of good places to do business. Although the tax savings won’t be enough to create jobs, the tax cut will undermine Missouri’s ability to invest in education, transportation, and public safety needs that make our state attractive to business. If the Missouri Chamber and its partners are successful in their attempts to push an override of HB 253, we may just become more like Texas – with more children and seniors living in poverty, a lower high school graduation rate, and more crowded classrooms.