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Dan Brown

The challenge and tribulations of crafting a $27.8 billion budget

The challenge and tribulations of crafting a $27.8 billion budget

The balancing act of finding ways to fund our public schools and still take care of those individuals who are the most vulnerable is not an undertaking I take lightly. First, we are spending taxpayers’ dollars. But, we are also looking for paths to best meet the needs of our constituents. No one priority should

Sen. Roy Blunt at an NRA endorsement event in Columbia, Mo. Aug. 11, 2016. (Travis Zimpfer/THE MISSOURI TIMES)

Guest: NAM and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals recognize Sen. Roy Blunt for supporting manufacturing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals presented Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence during an event hosted by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals in Hazelwood, Missouri. “Mallinckrodt applauds the selection of Senator Blunt as recipient of the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence. His support of pro-manufacturing

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Letter to the Editor: Lift Ban On MO Alcohol Advertising

To the Editor: Mr. Overfelt’s opinion piece, “HB433 Upholds Free Speech in Missouri’s Free Marketplace” was right to criticize Missouri’s current liquor laws as burdensome relics of prohibition. Current law prevents alcohol retailers from advertising the sale price of their products, leaving businesses incapable of communicating special sales or offers, and consumers ill equipped to

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Op Ed: Coal use and responsible environmental stewardship are not mutually exclusive ideas

By Ray McCarty, President/CEO, Associated Industries of Missouri During the 2016 campaign, President Trump actively campaigned to end the “war on coal”.  His message resonated with not only states whose economies benefit from production and shipment of coal, but with manufacturers and industry. This includes those who believe in our country’s energy independence, and with others

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Op Ed: How ESAs Can Fix the Status Quo

You may already know that 10,000 Missouri high school students dropped out of school in 2016. What you may not know, is that of those students that stayed in school and went on to college, nearly 40% required remedial courses in basic math and English to catch up with their counterparts from other states.   These

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Op Ed: Truth in Alcohol Advertising

HB433 Upholds Free Speech in Missouri’s Free Marketplace By David Overfelt, President, Missouri Retailers Association Missouri retailers of alcohol may currently offer discounts and specials just like other businesses. But unlike other businesses, they cannot publicly advertise actual truthful retail prices through newspapers, radio and TV. It’s a bizarre example of government censorship that dates

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Op Ed: A Conservative’s Take on Charter Schools

The evidence is overwhelming. Giving Missouri families choice in education helps ensure our children have access to high quality educational opportunities in areas where Missouri’s public schools are failing. It is time for Missouri’s behemoth education bureaucracy to face the fact that our state’s education outcomes are less than stellar in certain areas.  In 2016, nearly

Op Ed: Legislature Must Act to Protect Small Businesses in Growing Fantasy Sports Industry

By Tim Jensen In 2016, the Missouri legislature was refreshingly proactive in becoming one of the first states to regulate and tax fantasy sports. At first glance, the passage of legislation was great news for fantasy sports companies — not just the big names you know, like DraftKings and FanDuel, but also Missouri small business

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