National politics dominated much of 2012, but state-level issues still merit examination. Yahoo News asked voters to pinpoint issues within their own states that they'd like to see tackled in 2013. Here's one perspective.
After recent elections, the Missouri General Assembly will have a Republican supermajority for the first time since the Civil War. The Associated Press says that Missouri is one of several states that achieved a one-party supermajority in the legislature. That means lawmakers have the ability, if everyone votes along party lines, to override any veto from Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.
Here are three things I'd like Missouri to handle next year:
Don't Alienate Voters
Even with a supermajority, Republicans must compromise with Nixon over the next four years. The Democrat was given a second term by voters on Nov. 6. Tim Jones, the incoming Speaker of the House, warned "the governor will need to understand the importance of true, actual negotiation...."
A piece in the Joplin Globe outlined Jones' agenda for the House. The GOP leader wants a pro-business agenda to "create a stable, consistent legal environment that will ultimately open the doors of opportunity for all Missourians."
What works for business may not work for all Missourians. Remember the recession over the past four years? Missourians did nothing to warrant the subprime mortgage crisis.
Be Pro-Worker, Not Just Pro-Business
If the plan works, Republicans will be seen as saviors. If not, Democrats will make a comeback in two years. PoliticMo.com notes there were 103 General Assembly candidates endorsed by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce. Of those, 99 were elected.
Missouri Chamber President Daniel P. Mehan told PoliticMo.com, "Voters proved they care about job creation." Missouri's unemployment rate is 6.9 percent, below the national rate. Last year, Nixon vetoed several pro-business bills sent to him by the General Assembly. That could change in the next two years with a veto-proof majority.
Higher education budget cuts and tuition hikes have been regular occurrences in Missouri for several years in a row. Administrators of several universities testified before the General Assembly's Joint Committee on Education back on Nov. 14. The Rolla Daily News reveals the administrators were trying to explain how legislators can help make a viable funding formula for institutes of higher education by 2015.
The Maneater reports Nixon cut education funding by $106 million for the 2013 fiscal year. The General Assembly looks forward to working with the governor to avoid further cuts while remaining fiscally responsible.
If educating our kids is a viable part of Missouri's future, hopefully the General Assembly will help move the state forward instead of back.
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