Missouri's legislative second half

By Phill Brooks
    The Missouri legislature's week-long break that began March 15 is a good time to assess where the General Assembly may head in the second half of its annual session. This year taxes, school choice, voter rights and COVID-19 promise to be dominating issues.

What is holding Missouri back?

By Rik W. Hafer
    Cities are places where diverse groups of people cluster, their ideas feeding off one another to create innovations that often change our lives in dramatic ways. It is not surprising that a very large body of research has found that cities are the engines of economic growth. Except in Missouri.

Let government know who’s boss

By Ken Paulson
    When government fails, it’s the rare public official who says, “Oops. My fault.”
    That’s human nature, particularly for officials in the public eye who may have to run for office again. No one wants to be held directly responsible for letting the public down.

Protecting students with food allergies

By State Representative Jason Chipman, Republican from Steelville
    For the more than 32 million Americans dealing with food allergies, and the many more suffering with sensitivities to different food items, it has become a critical daily function to plan and manage their diets to prevent catastrophic reactions to allergens. And while the world has been quick to adapt in many ways to provide allergen-free food options, there are still many areas where efforts to protect folks with food allergies have lagged behind. One area I have worked to address during my time in the legislature is the way our public universities accommodate students with food allergies.

Missouri must stop the trial attorney COVID cash-in

By Daniel P. Mehan, President and CEO of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry
    It’s now been one year since coronavirus arrived in Missouri. The first confirmed case was announced by Gov. Mike Parson on March 7, 2020. This is a somber milestone for our state as many Missourians have suffered a loss, been infected, lost a job, closed a business or otherwise had life upended by this virus.

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.