Tag Archives: budget

Sequestration report to Congress

I have to admit, economics is one field I can’t quite get my head around, but I do appreciate primary sources of information about major issues. Here’s the original Office of Management and Budget’s sequestrations report to Congress. I wonder how the $1.5 billion cut to NIH will affect St. Louis’ Cortex projects?http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/legislative_reports/sequestration


Action Alert– TABOR-like bill needs our help to defeat

For more info, visit the Missouri Budget Project website

HJR 23 has a Hearing in the Senate Ways & Means Committee TOMORROW,

Wednesday, April 8, 2009, Upon Morning Adjournment

Senate Committee Room 1

HJR 23, a TABOR-like bill, would create an additional constitutional revenue/spending lid in Missouri that would permanently tie Missouri to the current fiscal crisis and deteriorate Missouri ’s ability to fund basic services. The bill was changed slightly in the House. The largest change was the permanent tax reduction resulting when the revenue hits the “TABOR” lid was changed to a temporary tax reduction. The bill however is still TABOR and would still have very damaging impacts on Missouri ’s ability to fund services and invest in education and infrastructure. (See attached talking points for more information).

We need Your Help to secure a “no” vote in the Committee. Please Testify or Submit Written Testimony to the Senate Ways & Means Committee members. Ask that they vote NO on HJR 23- TABOR.

Committee Members:

Senator Vogel: carl_vogel@senate.mo.gov, 573-751-2076

Senator Lembke: Jim.lembke@senate.mo.gov 573-751-2315

Senator Bartle: matt_bartle@senate.mo.gov 573-751-1464

Senator Bray: jbray@senate.mo.gov 573-751-2514

Senator Lager: Brad.Lager@senate.mo.gov 573-751-1415

Senator Purgason: chuck.purgason@senate.mo.gov 573-751-1882
Senator Schmitt: Eric.schmitt@senate.mo.gov 573-751-2853

Senator Jones: Robin.jones@senate.mo.gov 573-751-2606

Gifted Association of Missouri lobby day

I took my kids out of school yesterday to trek to Jefferson City.  It was my daughter’s 2nd trip to the state capitol – the first one being when we attended the DESE hearing stripping accreditation to our SLPS – but my son’s first visit.  We attended the Gifted Association of Missouri’s lobby day and were impressed at the turnout – over 100 parents, students and teachers talking with their state legislators about restoring funding for statewide gifted education.

We scooted up into the Senate gallery where Chad Beffa had arranged for Sen. Jeff Smith to acknowledge us from the floor.  While there we waved at Sen. Robin Wright-Jones (my kids were active in her campaign this summer).  We then went around the corner and popped into Robin’s office, asked Debi for a lunch recommendation (Ari’s pizza), and had a good conversation with John Bowman (chief of staff).  We found the stairs to go down to our other Senator’s office – Jeff Smith (also the kids know him as a neighbor).  He provided us with some good coloring and reading material but then had to run and do a roll call vote.  We went over to the House side, greeted Jamilah Nasheed,  and chatted a bit with Jeanette Mott-Oxford.

GAM lobby dayGAM lobby day


capitol-stairsThe kids and I enjoyed taking pictures of all the murals and carvings, and interesting ephemera at the capitol and on the grounds.  It was a long day but it is always impressive to see our government in action!