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Missouri State Senator Dan Hegeman – Reflecting on the Governor’s State of the State Address

Missouri State Senator Dan Hegeman represents parts of northern Clay County. For more information on our Opinion Section and why we publish these updates from legislators please click HERE.

Members of the Legislature gathered Tuesday evening in the House chamber to listen on as newly sworn-in Governor Eric Greitens gave his first State of the State address. In his speech, the governor called for creating more jobs and growing an economy that will lead to higher incomes for all families in the Show-Me State. In addition, his legislative agenda includes tackling labor reform, tort reform and tax reform, all of which are long overdue.

The governor also emphasized supporting our law enforcement at all levels, improving public safety, and protecting the pensions of our hardworking teachers, while working to increase their pay. Of course, we will conduct further reviews of our social welfare programs; this includes Medicaid, which continues to eat up any discretionary dollars we have from year to year.

Finally, the governor discussed the need to restructure our tax system so that it is simple and fair for citizens of every income level. In particular, he wants to roll back special interest tax credits, instead focusing on broad-based opportunities for all Missourians. I absolutely agree, and I look forward to working with the governor’s administration on these and other reforms.

Shortly after taking office, the governor put a freeze on all state regulations and called for a complete review of them. This is a first great step for eliminating frivolous regulations while keeping in place the ones that protect the health and safety of all Missourians. It is well past time for us to cut away the red tape of government and make it easier for job creators in our state do what they do best, create jobs. By successfully addressing these issues, we will transform Missouri into an attractive place for both established businesses and new startups.

As always, it continues to be an honor serving the great people of the 12th Senate District and representing you in the Missouri State Senate. Please feel free to call, email, or write with your ideas or concerns. My Capitol office number is (573) 751-1415, my email is [email protected] and my mailing address is Room 332, State Capitol Building, Jefferson City, MO 65101.

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