Legislative efforts versus the state’s constitution

By Phill Brooks
    This year, an effort to provide financial help for parents to send their kids to alternative schools could run afoul of two very clear provisions of the state's Constitution. The issue arises from a bill that started out as a simple idea to give home-schooled kids the right to participate in public school sports.

Think education and income in Missouri

By Rik W. Hafer
    As we dig out from the social and economic calamity wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, policy makers in Jefferson City will face some important decisions. Educational policy going forward will be crucial for the economic future of the state and its residents.

Common-sense policies move rural America forward

By Garrett Hawkins
    Brutal. Miserable. Those were a couple of words (among others) used to describe the recent Arctic blast. As farmers and ranchers, we know dealing with the elements is part of the job, but that didn’t make it easy to manage through the bitter cold and snow to keep hay out and water available. Our animals were, and are, our priority.

Should legislators be punished, or expelled?

By Phill Brooks
    Missouri history provides a fascinating contrast to the U.S. House vote to remove Rep. Marjorie Greene, R-Georgia, from committee assignments. Unlike Greene, similar disciplinary actions in Missouri against members have avoided a partisan split and required a simple action by the leader of the legislator's own party.

Eroding trust can also erode the U.S. economy

By Rik Hafer
    Recent events surrounding the presidential election and the transfer of power to a new administration has widened a rift amongst U.S. citizens. Many have lost trust in institutions central to the functioning of our political system. Because trust is the bedrock upon which our free market capitalist system rests, if this distrust spills over into our interactions, this will have very dire long-term consequences.

Governor puts money where his mouth is

By Daniel P. Mehan, President and CEO
Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry
     Missouri, did you happen to watch the big speech on January 27?
    It was Gov. Mike Parson’s annual State of the State address. If you are like most people I’ve spoken with in recent days, you might have missed it.