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05 March 2010

Rupp: Listening to You and Addressing Long-Term Care Insurance

The most important aspect of my job is listening to you. This month, I'll be out in the district to give you an opportunity to tell me what's on your mind in person. Two listening posts are scheduled below. I have also added a new feature on my Senate website called, "Constituent Question of the Week," to give you an additional opportunity to voice your opinion on various issues before the Legislature this year.

One of the important things I've learned in my time as an elected official is that it's not just about the speed of the response – representing you is about the thoroughness of that response, too. I've heard from many people about their difficulties with long-term care insurance they have purchased for themselves or a loved one. After purchasing the insurance so they can afford the massively expensive nursing home or assisted living expenses in their later years, they are being hit with 30-40 percent premium increases that they must pay or lose the coverage that they have owned for a long time. I contacted the Department of Insurance and they informed me this was their number one complaint issue from consumers. I believe I've drafted a bill that is fair to both the purchasers and the companies that choose to do business in our state that will directly protect consumers while dealing with the underlying reason for these complaints.

Senate Bill 979, if enacted, would not allow any insurance company to issue long-term care insurance without filing the classification of risks and the premium rates with the director of the Missouri Department of Insurance. What happened several years ago is that insurance companies came into Missouri and sold rock bottom premium, long-term care policies in which the premium charged would not cover the life of the policy. This gained insurance companies market share and new policy holders by undercutting the competition.

After having the contract for a few years, consumers started to see drastic rate increases to cover the artificially low premiums that the company didn't collect when they issued the policies. Consumers were faced with a choice: cancel the policy and lose all the credit they had paid over those years or pay a 30 to 40 percent increase with no guarantee it would not increase again the next year. By having the Department of Insurance approve the rates when issuing a policy, they can mathematically determine if the policy premiums are sufficient to cover the risk and be a viable policy for consumers.

For the policies sold before this law, we would be capping a maximum increase of 15 percent in one calendar year on premiums. What we have found is states that have these provisions have protected consumers, where states like Missouri that do not have these protections have paid part of the cost of the undercharged policies in other states. Long-term care insurance companies could charge Missourians higher premium increases for coverage to offset costs in another state, thereby making Missouri consumers pay for their policy costs and the costs of those in other states.

Long term care insurance is a great idea and a key part of many retirement and estate plans. Making sure that the consumer is protected when purchasing a contract is the job of the state who approves these policies to be sold in Missouri. It would also allow our most frail citizens to know they have protection when it comes to buying important coverage that could keep them well taken are of, without depleting their entire savings if they need nursing home care in their golden years — an average of $40,000 per year in costs.


Before the Senate adjourned for its mid-session recess, lawmakers began floor debate on what will likely be one of the most heavily discussed topics of the session—economic development.

Senate Bill 895, a wide-ranging economic development bill aimed at creating jobs—sponsored by Sen. Tom Dempsey (R-St. Charles)—was briefly brought to the floor this week for debate. The bill would, among other provisions, allow municipalities to establish Missouri Jobs for the Future Districts for which they may issue obligations to pay for costs incurred while developing the areas to attract businesses and create jobs.

The bill would also allow the Department of Economic Development to, upon finding an economic benefit to the state, increase the amount of incentives available for Missouri businesses through certain tax credit programs. In addition, it would establish the Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act, designed to encourage business growth in high-tech areas.

Also brought to the Senate floor for debate this week was a bill I co-sponsored with Sen. Rob Mayer, SB 793. The bill would expand the state's informed consent requirements for abortion, including detailing the risks of an abortion and the physiological characteristics of an unborn child at two-week gestational increments. Senate Bill 793 would also require a health professional to discuss the medical assistance and counseling resources available, advise a woman considering an abortion of the father's liability for child support, and provide information about the Alternatives to Abortion Program.

Senate Bill 818, sponsored by Sen. Jim Lembke (R-St. Louis), was also briefly discussed on the floor. The bill would make several changes to the state's initiative and referendum process. One proposed change includes creating the misdemeanor crime of intentional misrepresentation of a petition, which would occur when a person knowingly and fraudulently gathers signatures for a petition.

While no further action was taken on the bills this week, they may be taken up on the floor at any future point in the session.


I hope to see you at my town hall meetings, which the dates and times are below.

Lincoln County Town Hall Meeting Details

Time:7:00 p.m.
Date:Monday, March 8
Location:Lincoln County Health Department Community Room
#5 Health Department Drive, Highway H
Troy, Missouri, 63379

St. Charles County Town Hall Meeting Details

Time:1 p.m.
Date:Saturday, March 20
Location:O'Fallon City Hall, Multi-Purpose Room
100 North Main Street, O'Fallon, MO 63366
As the 2010 legislative session unfolds, I will continue to keep you, my constituents, apprised of all major developments, and I look forward to continuing to serve your needs and priorities in Jefferson City. As always, if you have any questions about this week's column or any other matter involving state government, please do not hesitate to contact me. You can reach my office by phone at (866) 271-2844.

Engler: Reducing the Size of Government and Focusing on Job Creation

This week marks the mid-way point for the legislative session. With state revenue numbers continuing to look grim, the General Assembly is working with the governor to cut the size and scope of government as well as spur the creation of new jobs to help move us out of this recession.

The economic situation that we are in is dismal. The national economic crisis is creating a budget situation that is nearly unprecedented. With more than a $1 billion deficit looking into 2011 and beyond, drastic cuts must be made to the size and scope of government. Because raising taxes is out of the question, the state of Missouri, like any business, is going to have to decrease its overhead in order to survive.

With the budget situation being so bleak, the focus of the General Assembly is not only on reducing government but helping create jobs. This week we worked on several proposals that are geared to attracting new businesses to Missouri as well as helping current Missouri employers to expand their businesses.

We began work on Senate Bill 895 this week, the omnibus economic development bill. The legislation contains several key provisions that would attract new high tech jobs that we are currently losing out on to surrounding states. This proposal, called Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act, or MOSIRA, would create a funding source to target growth in high-tech areas by capturing a small percentage of the growth in state revenue over a base year from a designated group of Missouri science and innovation companies. Money generated would then go into a fund that would continue to do outreach to attract more high tech jobs.

Senate Bill 895 also contains the Missouri First initiative, a program that would provide new incentives to companies already established in our state that want to expand. It is vital that we take care of the companies in Missouri that have been such an integral part of our communities and state. Missouri First would provide the additional resources that will encourage growth for these businesses.

Another way we can encourage job growth is through looking critically at our state's way of collecting taxes. One idea that has been discussed and is gaining support in the Legislature is repealing the state income tax. This plan is also called a "fair tax" or "flat tax" because it would replace the state income tax with a slightly higher and expanded sales tax. One of the benefits to this plan is that businesses would not have to deal with the state dipping into their earnings, property, and savings, which allows them to reinvest that money into growing their business and creating jobs.

We will continue debate and discussion on the budget situation and these bills when we return from the annual spring recess on March 15th. In the meantime, I invite you to get involved in our efforts to streamline state government. You can submit your ideas on how to "reboot" state government through control, alternations or deletions by clicking here. We hope to here from you soon.

Schupp: Classes visit Capitol, Budget and Committee Updates

While the week was busy in terms of constituent visits and events, the surprise has been how slowly we are moving on reconciling the budget.  Budget meetings originally scheduled for this week were postponed by Budget Chair Icet.

While the Democrats have always worked to make funding education a top priority, the budget presented by the Republican Budget Chair late last night included what appears to be fully funding public education.  The question will be, if cuts are needed, will the majority party be willing to make those cuts, or as the party in power, simply send an unrealistic and unbalanced budget on to the Governor and force his hand?

Additionally, what areas of the budget (such as Parents as Teachers) will be quashed or "heroically" restored as part of the politically-charged realities of truly difficult economic times in an election year.  Watch, ask your questions and weigh in as the legislature tackles distributing your dollars in ways that we hope, in the end, will work best for our state.

On a lighter note, events this week included a visit from Andrews Academy's fourth grade class, an awards luncheon honoring winners of Missouri's Poetry Out Loud contest (including one of our 82nd district on) a visit from the current class of Leadership St. Louis, and the Freshman Class dinner, where I was asked to speak, hosted by Governor and First Lady Nixon.

Our office welcomed 30 students from Andrews Academy 4th grade class for Andrews' first visit to Jefferson City.  The students toured the Governor's Mansion, took a trip to the top of the Capitol Dome and visited the Supreme Court. Thank you to Mary Witt, Andrews Academy's Dean of Students, for coordinating the trip with my office.

How exciting it was to welcome Parkway North High School's Wendy Low, a Junior, her parents and teachers as she was invited to celebrate her skills as an invited participant in the Poetry Out Loud conference held in Jefferson City. First Lady Georgeanne Nixon hosted a lovely lunch for these award-winning students that included a visit and recitation from Missouri's newly announced poet laureate, David Clewell.

How wonderful to meet the group of leaders from Leadership St. Louis who joined us in the Capitol!  These people are among those in the community of St. Louis whose skills and work can and do lead us to greatness!  My long time dear friend Lynn Wittels, Laura Dierberg Ayers and Melinda Ohlemiller were among the members of this esteemed group.

At right: Rep. Schupp and fellow St. Louis legislators pose on the side of the House floor with members of the Leadership St. Louis Class on their Wednesday visit to the Capitol.

Finally, it was a wonderful honor to be seated next to Governor Nixon at the Freshman Class Dinner at the Mansion this week.  In addition, in my role as Democratic Caucus Chair, the Governor asked that I offer some remarks to the class. In light of the state of the economy, my remarks focused on a reminder to this skilled and focused group of 74 Freshman legislators, that we have an opportunity to work together toward the vision of all that Missouri can be.  By working together, we will be delivering what Missourians want and expect from their legislature.

This begins our spring break week.  I'll be taking a week off from the newsletter.  Take care of yourselves,


Committee News

Higher Education

HB 1812:  We heard testimony on the bill that equalizes financial awards through the Access Missouri grant program for students regardless of whether they attend private or public institutions. Currently, private school students receive larger grants through the program.  Awards are in the amounts of up to $2,150 for those attending state colleges or universities and up to $4,600 for those attending private institutions.  This bill would combine the two categories and make the minimum award $1,500 and the maximum $2,850.  It would also increase the award for students attending community colleges from $1,000 to $1,500.

There was standing room only with a multitude of witnesses testifying on both sides of the issues, including many students donning college tees.

HCR 24:  House Concurrent Resolution 24 is yet another non-binding resolution.  It encourages students and educators at the state's institutions of Higher Education to make international education an "essential component" of both curricular and extra-curricular life in order to prepare students to participate in the global society.

Children and Families

HB 1235: This bill, sponsored by Committee chair Cynthia Davis, prohibits healthcare providers from withholding or withdrawing food and water from a patient unless a 60-day rehabilitative effort involving the patient's swallowing reflexes has elapsed or oral feeding is offered at least three times per day after discontinuing artificially supplied nutrition and hydration.  Frankly, the testimony against this so called "Terry Schiavo" legislation was compelling.  Swallowing is a reflex, not necessarily an indication of desire to eat or drink.  Having the government intervene in the rights of a patient or family to make decisions about palliative care seems over stepping the bounds of government.

HB 1238: This bill is very similar, if not identical to HBs 1327 and 2000 that add hurdles and restrictions for women seeking abortions and creates the crime of coercion of abortion.

Budget Process Slows Down

Falling revenues add uncertainty

Democratic Communications Director states:

Net state general revenue collections dropped by 14.6 percent in February 2010 compared to February 2009, putting year-to-date collections for FY 2010 12.7 percent, or about $710 million, behind collections at the same point in FY 2009. As a result Gov. Jay Nixon is expected to make another round of midyear spending cuts on top of the $760 million in reductions he's made since the current fiscal year began on July 1, 2009.
The continuing decline in revenues also places in doubt the revenue estimate for FY 2011 that the Republican budget chairmen in the House and Senate and Nixon agreed on in January. Although a revised estimate hasn't yet been finalized, significant additional spending cuts are expected for the upcoming fiscal year.

Despite the news, House Budget Committee Chairman Allen Icet, R-Wildwood, on March 3 submitted an FY 2011 spending plan that includes $300 million that he admits believing the state likely won't receive. Icet's budget allocates some of the money to provide the $105 million needed to fully fund the formula for distributing state aid to local public schools. Nixon's budget plan called for an $18 million increase in the formula.

This Week on the House Floor

House approves speedy tax returns

The Missouri House of Representatives on Thursday voted 150-0 in favor of legislation that would require the state to issue state income tax refunds within 45 days of the annual April 15 tax filing deadline. Under existing law, the state has 120 days from the deadline to issue refund checks.
For taxpayers who file their state returns late, the 45-day deadline would be measured from when a return is postmarked. The bill, HB 1408, now advances to the Senate.

Freshmen Dems' Caucus Sessions

The Freshmen Democratic Caucus welcomed Machelle Watkins, Transportation Planning Director for MODOT, to our weekly session to discuss state roadways and the future of transportation in Missouri.

We also began the discussion of toll roads in Missouri presented to us by Senior Member and Assistant Minority Leader J.C. Kuessner and his right hand man, Wayne Henke.
The caucus will have a break this week, but will meet again on Wednesday, March 17 to hear more about nursing home regulations and the private nursing home industry from Jon Dolan representing the Missouri Health Care Association.

04 March 2010

Purgason: Increasing Jobs and Prosperity in Missouri

Missouri is in a very unique position. Located in the central part of the United States and bordered by eight surrounding states, we are in a position where we must not only compete for jobs across the nation and with foreign countries, but we must also compete with the states that border us.

Missouri, like all other states in the nation as well as our federal government, is experiencing major financial problems. The Governor this week met with the Senate to discuss lowering our consensus revenue estimate and to take an additional $300 million out of our state budget.

Our economy continues to slide, dropping over 14% last month alone. Last week, I spent some time in the St. Louis area and as I was driving home, I drove by the abandoned Chrysler plant near Fenton. The sign out front said, “For sale or lease” and the parking lot was empty. All across the state in small towns are the sights of empty stores and closed businesses.

Our unemployment rate continues to climb and our budget continues to decline. This past week we debated a tax credit bill that again puts the legislature in the position of picking winners and losers in the free market system. Every year we pass tax credits and tax incentives to try to out-bid other states and countries in pursuit of good jobs for the citizens of the state. These credits and incentives usually go to only large companies and put small businesses at a competitive disadvantage --- all this while small business comprises over 90% of the job creation in the state.

This is the time when we put forward new ideas and design a new way of competing in today’s economy. That is why I put forth the Missouri Jobs and Prosperity Act.

This act [SJR29] would put before the voters of the state the opportunity to go to a completely different method of fostering economic activity in the state. The act, upon voter approval, would begin a five-year program to increase sales tax and a phase out individual income tax. Also, all corporate and franchise taxes would be eliminated.

The tax base would be expanded to include services while exempting motor fuels, insurance, education (k-12, higher education and vocational-technical), charitable donations, purchases and government snap payments. The maximum sales tax rate would be no more than 7% to guarantee budget neutrality. Also, every individual would receive a pre-bate to insure the first $2800 of purchases were tax-free up to $11,200 per household.

Everyone’s take home pay will be more because state income taxes would no longer be deducted. Also businesses would be able to lower the cost of doing business and would not have to include the hidden tax costs that none of us see in the price of their products.

Instead of taxing someone for working harder and earning more, the tax would be a consumption tax based on the amount of things you buy while empowering you as an individual to make your own choices.

Businesses prefer to re-locate to states that have no income tax. This has been proven by the growth of businesses in states that use tax income versus the states that do not. Missouri ranks 49th in the nation on new job creation. This cannot continue if we are to be prosperous as a state to ensure jobs for our families.

To recover from the current economic recession and to attract new jobs from competing states, Missouri needs to create a “Jobs-Friendly Environment.”

The best way to create such an environment is by developing a tax policy that promotes economic growth and encourages the creation of new jobs. A second way to work toward a “Jobs-Friendly Environment” is to provide greater stability to funding quality schools and universities, adequate and safe roads and affordable healthcare.

The Missouri Jobs and Prosperity Act would create over 20,000 new jobs in Missouri each and every year. It would create more than 200,000 jobs over a decade. It would do this at a time when jobs are needed the most.

The system created by this act would be more stable than income taxes. Income taxes are collected annually and are impacted greatly by economic downturns. Sales taxes are collected monthly and have a history of being less impacted by shifts in the economy; therefore providing a more stable stream of revenue that would ensure more consistent funding for our local schools, universities, transportation and healthcare. That stability would make it easier to make long-term funding projections for important programs.

Change is not very welcome in government. Many lobbyists and special interest groups like the current system that redistributes wealth. As someone once said, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. This is the time to begin the conversation on changing government for the better.

The only time politicians can ever make tough decisions is when they can no longer beg, borrow or print themselves to the next election. Now is the time to bring the Show-Me State to the forefront as a leader in job creation and begin renewing the promise of a growing Missouri economy.

As always, I appreciate hearing your comments, opinions, and concerns. I can be reached in Jefferson City at (573)751-1882, you can e-mail me at chuck{dot}purgason{at}senate{dot}mo{dot}gov or you can write to me by regular mail at 201 West Capitol Avenue, Room 420, Jefferson City, MO 65101.

Stouffer: Legislative Update

So far, we have had a busy and full first half to the Second Regular Session of the 95th General Assembly. And, the really hard work is yet to come.

One of my priorities, I am proud to say, is one the first measures to make it through both the Missouri Senate and the Missouri House. Senate Concurrent Resolution 35 tells the Missouri State Tax Commission thanks, but no thanks, on a proposal to raise land valuations for most property owners. The panel made the decision back in December and the Legislature only had two months to do something about it. Now, these tax increases will not happen. This is good because a recession is no time to make folks pay more for something they own.

Lawmakers in Missouri are continuing to remind Congress about the appropriate scope of federal government through proposals like Senate Concurrent Resolution 46. This urges Congress not to pass "cap and trade" legislation. As I have written about here before, "cap and trade" would be detrimental to rural Missouri. It would penalize coal-burning states, including Missouri, and cause electric and natural gas bills to skyrocket to unprecedented levels. If the federal government is so concerned with finding new energy sources, then punishing how our state produces its much-needed energy is not the way to move forward.

I am also sponsoring a piece of legislation I believe makes sense. Senate Bill 607 would require drug testing for work-eligible Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) applicants and recipients, based upon reasonable suspicion. This is simply a way of reducing fraud and making things fair for everyone. Most employers do some sort of drug testing, either for hiring purposes or for those already employed by the company. If we make this a requirement for folks who work, why not do the same for those needing state-funded assistance? The bill has been debated a couple of times this session and will hopefully get more floor time.

All in all, this has been a good session. In the second half, we will devote most of our time to the budget. As you have probably heard, the revenue picture is bad and getting worse for Missouri. However, it is not nearly as bad as it is in other states.

This year's revenue shortfalls give lawmakers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to trim back big government to honor taxpayers and to reduce wasteful spending. In future weeks, I will be asking for your input as we seek ways to "reboot" state government. It will take significant changes to balance the budget.

As always, I welcome your feedback regarding state government issues including, but not limited to, pending legislation, the state's budget or any other concerns or issues you may have. The more I hear from you, the better I am able to do my job as your representative in the Missouri Senate.

Tim Jones: Appearances on KETC & KMOX This Weekend, Health Care Freedom Act Update, Unfunded Mandates

As the week wore on and bright sunshine bathed the Capitol Dome, warming the still frozen ground with hints and promises of Spring, we returned to Jefferson City and filled our days with lengthy committee hearings and longer debates on the House Floor as we rocketed towards the mid-point of the Legislative Session.  Next week, the General Assembly takes its traditional Spring Break as we return to our families and careers back home.  I welcome this time as I look forward to spending the week at home catching up with my family, with folks around the District and with the work that awaits me at my law firm…

"The policy of the American government is to leave their citizens free, neither restraining nor aiding them in their pursuits." –Thomas Jefferson


Tim will be featured this weekend on two major media outlets:
  1. Tune in TOMORROW, FRIDAY, MARCH 5TH to KMOX from 2:00 to 3:00pm.  Tim will be participating in the Mark Reardon Roundtable discussing the first half of the legislative session in Jefferson City and politics and government in general.
  2. Tune in THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 7th at 9:30am to the "Jeff City Journal" on KETC Channel 9 (the PBS station in the St. Louis area…for time and channel in your area, please check your local listings).  Tim will be appearing with Rep. Don Calloway in a "Crossfire" type debate where Tim and Don will discuss issues such as Missouri's Health Care Freedom Act and will also discuss areas where they share bipartisan agreement.
And now for the Report…

Opposing Federalizing Missouri Healthcare

There are MANY reasons to oppose the health care bills currently under consideration in Congress, including the fact that they contain massive European style levels of taxation, greatly increased regulation, the gutting of Medicare and more out-of-control Washington spending.  But one of the most controversial provisions of these proposals is a federal mandate that would require every American to purchase health insurance, or face fines and penalties.  Many studies show that if the federal legislation is passed, average health care premiums in Missouri could rise as much as 98%!  Because of the fact that Congress is refusing to listen to the vast majority of the American people regarding the fact that we do NOT want this legislation, we introduced the Health Care Freedom Act (HJR 57) in the Missouri House.  The companion bill, SJR 25, was filed in the Senate by my good friend and colleague, Senator Jane Cunningham.

This week, I am very pleased to report that the Missouri House "perfected" the "Health Care Freedom Act" which would, upon voter approval, constitutionally protect the rights of Missourians to make their own health care decisions and ensure that your health care decisions can be made without fear of government fines and penalties.  We believe that Missourians are better able to manage their own health care than government bureaucrats or Washington politicians.  Whether a federal bill becomes law and what it will contain remains uncertain.  But with the initial approval of House Joint Resolution 48, 50 & 57, we took an important step this week to ensure that even if Congress has its way, you will continue to be in control of your own health care decisions, some of the most important and private decisions you make for yourself and your family.

Unfunded Mandates

This week the Missouri House passed HB 1408 & 1514.  This legislation requires Missouri income tax returns to be processed and paid timely to the taxpayer.  Current state law allows the government not to return Missourians excess income taxes until August 15th.  This does not make sense; we should promptly return Missouri taxpayers' money after government has taken its share.  This legislation requires the state to pay back income tax returns within 45 days of April 15th, which is exactly how the Federal government functions.  State government should be AT LEAST as efficient as Federal government.  The bottom line is this is your money.  Missourians worked hard to earn it and should have a prompt return of any excess taxes.  There is no reason for state government to take longer than the Federal government when it comes to your income tax return.  This is the type of common-sense reform that will help working Missourians in everyday life.

Water Quality Testing

Last summer some of you may have heard of the E. coli disaster at the Lake of the Ozarks.  The story drug out for months so in case you missed it I will give you the abbreviated version.  In short, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) received test results in May of 2009 from the Lake of the Ozarks that showed very dangerously high levels of the E. coli virus in the water.  Those results were not released to the public for over a month and beaches were not closed.  It became clear during later investigations that the information was known at DNR as well as several of the Governor's office senior staff and still withheld from the public.  This year, House Republicans are trying to make sure that this does not happen again.  House Bill 2165 sponsored by Representative Anne Zerr, is currently working its way through the committee process.  This bill would require DNR to post the results of any water quality testing in plain language both at the site of the test and on their website within three (3) days of the sample being taken.  We believe that the Lake is a vital part of this state's tourism and economy, but when the water quality has been mismanaged, the results should not be covered up and Missourians put at risk for political purposes.  The Lake's water has been brought back under control and is of course safe for swimming and boating now, but this is a cover-up that the State cannot afford to have again.


As mentioned above, I am the chief sponsor of HJR 57, the "Health Care Freedom Act". As I have discussed, if it is passed and approved by the voters, it will secure the current rights and freedoms that Missouri citizens have to choose to participate in whatever health care system or health care that they want.  The bill was "perfected" on the House Floor this week by a vote of 113-40.  After one more procedural vote, the bill will pass out of the House and be on its way to the State Senate.  You may view the legislation at this link: Thank you all very much for your continued support of this very important proposed constitutional amendment, and I will continue to keep you posted on its progress!


I am very excited to report that Six Flags St. Louis, which is located in the heart of the 89th District, is hiring more than 3,000 employees to fill positions for the 2010 season which begins on April 2nd.  Six Flags will be hosting job fairs to fill these positions on March 6, 13, 20 and April 3, 10 and 17.  For more information, please visit:


  • February was Earthquake Awareness Month in Missouri
  • The New Madrid seismic zone is the most active fault line east of the Rockies and runs along Missouri's southeast border
  • A series of very strong earthquakes occurred along the fault line in 1811-1812 and reportedly caused the Mississippi River to flow backwards!

MODOT Traveler Information Map

For work zone location, flooding information and weather-related road conditions visit MoDOT's Traveler Information Map. It's your first source of information when planning your trip across the Show-Me state.

Tim's Legislative Platform for 2010

So far this year I have sponsored and filed fourteen individual pieces of legislation.  I have co-sponsored numerous other bills.  To review all of the bills that I have sponsored or co-sponsored, please follow this link:

Personal News & Notes

At left: Captain Mic Smith, the son of constituents Mike & Susan Smith, in the cockpit of his Navy trainer fighting jet…how cool is this!

I am very much looking forward to the mid-Session break which will afford me the opportunity of spending an entire week at home with the family and at my law firm where by now, I have plenty to keep me busy at both places!  If you see me around the District, please do say hello and let me know if there is anything on your mind regarding State government or if we can be of any assistance.  I remain committed to serving you, my constituents, and I look forward to catching up with as many of you as possible over the next week.

Feel Free to Contact Us!

If my extremely dedicated (and very busy!) Legislator Assistant, Jody Williams, or I can be of any assistance throughout the year, please do not hesitate to contact us at 573.751.0562 or by email at jody{dot}williams{at}house{dot}mo{dot}gov or at tim{dot}jones{at}house{dot}mo{dot}gov.  We have had many visitors to the Capitol so far this year; if your travels find you anywhere in or around Jefferson City, please do not hesitate to stop by and visit us in Room 114!  Until our next report, I remain, in your service.

Joe Smith: Health Care Reform begins with a Common-Sense Approach

Bill to Aid Children and Families with Autism in Missouri

Autism is a terrible disease that affects children and families across Missouri and across our nation.  Unfortunately, the treatment for this disorder generally comes out of the pockets of the parents – many of which cannot always afford proper treatment for their child.   Republicans in the House of Representatives have worked passionately for the past year to craft a solution to the growing epidemic of Autism Spectrum Disorders and the lack of insurance-covered treatment for these individuals.  Even insurance companies voiced support for a bill that would require insurance coverage for this treatment.

Over the summer, the Speaker of the House, Ron Richard, assigned an Interim Committee on Autism Spectrum Disorders chaired by Representative Dwight Scharnhorst.  The Speaker tasked this committee to meet and work on a bi-partisan piece of legislation that gathered consensus between families with autism, autism advocate groups and insurance companies.

The work done by the committee was then passed to the Special Standing Committee on Health Insurance when session started.  Chaired by Representative Kevin Wilson, this committee met constantly, working to further reach an agreement that would require insurance companies to cover the treatment of children with autism.

That work materialized into a bill [HB1311] passed through the House this session and includes the following:
  1. This bill balances both sides of the issue:  the costs that a requirement for insurance coverage incurs to businesses along with the growing need for coverage for children with autism.
  2. Insurance companies would be required to cover children up to 18 years of age and cover up to $36,000 in costs for treatment.
  3. The bill also cracks down to protect families in regard to who treats their children.  In order to treat children with autism, providers must be licensed and registered by the state of Missouri.
  4. To protect businesses, small businesses in particular, a business should report a problem if the insurance requirement for autism treatment is causing them to drop in revenue.  If reported and deemed legitimate, these businesses will be granted the option of "dropping out" on the insurance requirement.
The passage of this bill was a great achievement in the House of Representatives.  The ability to aid children and families suffering from autism is something we are proud of and will continue work on.  It is because of Speaker Ron Richard, Representatives Scharnhorst and Wilson and the work of our members on both sides of the isle that this bill was passed.

House Ensures Prompt Payment from Insurance Companies to Health Providers

Health care reform is one of the most talked about issues in the country.  There are several differing views on what steps need to be taken to improve health care including making it more affordable, more accessible and more transparent.  Because of the controversy surrounding the issue, very little has been done on a national level to improve the system.  In the Missouri House of Representatives, however, the wheels are turning and we are accomplishing the common-sense steps necessary to advance health care reform.

Many health care providers in Missouri, which include hospitals, physicians, and so forth, have experienced financial difficulties because of the failure of health insurance companies to make payments for health care services in a reasonable time frame.  The House saw this as a problem that needed to be remedied.

This session House members passed House Bill 1498 with overwhelming bi-partisan support.  The bill sponsored by Representative Tim Jones, R—Eureka, requires health insurance companies to pay provider claims in a timely manner.
  1. Through this legislation, a health insurance company would no longer have the ability to delay payments to providers by suspending a claim through loopholes and special exceptions.  Instead, the health insurance company would be allowed 45 days to process and pay or deny the provider's claim.
  2. If the health insurance company needs additional information or has any questions regarding the claim, they must do so inside the 45-day window.   Days in which the health insurance company is waiting for a response from the provider for that information would not count towards the 45-day window, however.
  3. If the health insurance company does not pay the provider within the specific timeframe, that company would incur a penalty.
  4. If the provider's claim is denied, health insurance companies will be required to provide a specific reason for the denial.

Through HB1498, we are giving health care providers an opportunity to remain financially stable in their practice and give them the ability to rely on the prompt payment of their claims.  This legislation has gained wide-spread support throughout the state and on both sides of the isle.

Joe Smith: House Cuts the Governor’s Budget by $50 Million, Fully Funds K-12 Education

Lack of Leadership by the Governor in a Fragile Economic Environment

Each year, the governor is constitutionally obligated to present a budget to the General Assembly, taking state expenses and programs line by line and giving his recommendations.  This year, the governor did, in fact, present us with a budget – but his budget relied on "funny money" from the federal government and didn't include the tough cuts needed to keep our state financially stable.

For months, House leaders expressed concern with the upcoming budget and asked the governor to meet with us in a bi-partisan fashion to make these tough decisions together so that there were no political strings, only positive results for our citizens.  The governor refused these meetings.  This was extremely concerning because we are fully aware of the economic situation that we are facing.  The governor waited until this week – just two days before the House introduced our budget legislation -- to agree to a meeting. Even then, he told us he didn't have a plan.  How can the leader of our state have no plan for the most vital parts of what makes our state work smoothly on a day to day basis?  The livelihoods of our citizens are at stake, and the governor simply can't rely on others to make these decisions for him.  It's his job.

Republicans in the House of Representatives can't do the governor's job for him, but we took the lead in effort to get him started by introducing 50 million dollars in cutbacks of the state budget.  We did this while fully funding K-12 Education and the Foundation Formula. As this process continues, I will keep you up to date on the decisions made and how we are handling the governor's lack of leadership on this sensitive issue.


Nodler: Locally Run Fee Offices to Better Serve the Public

Getting or renewing your driver’s license or vehicle registration is a pretty routine process, but it is an important one. Missouri’s 183 local license fee offices are currently run by private individuals. Appointed by the governor, they must follow state regulations and remain accountable to the Missouri Department of Revenue. Allowing these offices to be run privately means these offices have expanded hours, improved efficiency and saved taxpayer dollars.

For decades, Missouri governors awarded fee offices as rewards for political patronage. In 2008, then-Gov. Blunt began seeking competitive bids on some fee offices. This process was continued by Gov. Nixon when he took office. Last year, we passed a law to formalize a competitive bidding process as the method for awarding fee office contracts. The legislation, which was signed into law this summer, also requires preference for bids to be given to non-profit organizations. The priority of the individuals that run these offices should be serving the public, not personal gain.

The new law formalizing the bidding process began removing the political bias that has plagued the fee office system, but allegations of favoritism continue throughout the state. This is why I introduced Senate Bill 1018, which would give priority to bids from non-profit organizations whose primary administrative office is located in the same county, legislative district, or senatorial district as the fee office. Even though the current process requires fee office contracts to be bid out, it does not ensure that the dollars generated from running a fee office stay in the community. My bill would ensure that this is the case in our state.

One particular instance that I find troubling is the case of the non-profit, Alternative Opportunities. This Springfield-based organization has attracted a lot of attention after landing contracts to operate multiple fee offices throughout the state. These locations are not in a concentrated area, ranging from Joplin to St. Louis, and include some of the most lucrative fee office locations in the state. With SB 1081, one organization would not be able to take over the operation of multiple offices because preference would be given to local non-profit bidders. The goal of our fee office system is not to have license offices run by one mega-entity, but to have efficiently run offices to serve the public.
Senate Bill 1081 would bring an end to the final remnants of the patronage system and ensure that these jobs are awarded to those who deserve them and can provide quality service in our local communities. This bill is reasonable, common-sense reform, and I will keep you aware of its progress as the session moves forward.

Gatschenberger: End of the Middle Class?, Budget Work, Rethinking Government

The End of the Middle Class?

Our country is in historic times. The national debt is at record highs and America is borrowing untold billions of dollars while bureaucrats talk of debt reduction. The biggest losers in this game are the folks in the middle class – US!

The middle class saw a rebound between 2001 and 2009, but that foundation is beginning to crumble. The recession our country is in could continue much longer than most folks believe, and it will be the federal government's meddling that will be the reason. The real answer lies in cutting taxes even more and eliminating regulations that continue to strangle any attempts at climbing out of this recession, not adding to the challenges citizens continue to face.

Business Insider has a fascinating list of entities to whom the United States owes money. In 15th place is Russia. We owe them $128 billion. Believe it or not, it is not a country to which we owe the most money. It is the Federal Reserve and intergovernmental holdings. The debt: $5 trillion and growing. China is actually third, in case you were wondering, behind investors and savings bonds. Translation: we owe more than $6 billion dollars to ourselves because the U.S. is printing money faster than they can count it.  Those of us that remember double digit inflation of the 70's… it is just around the corner… and we thought $4.00 for a gallon of gas was bad… just wait.

There is no way we can continue to mount this kind of debt. You do not spend your way into prosperity. Look at what we are doing in the Missouri General Assembly. We are facing a $1 billion shortfall. We had been counting on $300 million to come from the federal government, but that money was erased from a so-called jobs bill yet to pass the U.S. Senate. We have to balance our budget — it is required by our state's constitution. This is a lesson the federal government should learn and our state could teach the lesson.

Budget Work

The six House Appropriation committees reported their budget bills in long hearings to the full Budget Committee this week. Many difficult decisions had to be made due to the declining revenue environment and the fact that we must balance our budget each year. For the next several weeks, the Budget Committee will review, debate and amend all 13 budget bills before referring them to the House floor for passage.  Wise and prudent financial decisions by the General Assembly have put Missouri in a much better fiscal position than most other states. Missouri is one of only seven states to still have a AAA bond rating, which has saved Missouri hundreds of millions of dollars in interest payments and I, for one, will fight to keep it there!

Rethinking Government

In terms of our national debt and annual deficits, the United States is in uncharted waters.  Except for a few brief years during and shortly after World War II, never before have we seen such debt and deficit spending.  It is a cause for great concern and requires a fundamental re-evaluation of the role of government.

$2,000 per person was the approximate debt per capita, until about 1940.  That same number today is $40,000 per person and growing at an alarming rate each year.  That long term and continuous deficit spending must stop.

To dramatically reduce and eliminate deficit spending requires a serious look at the role of government in our lives.  Small spending cuts, raising taxes… and I am so against raising taxes… ($5,000 per person just to eliminate just one year of deficit spending), it doesn't come close to solving the problem.

We "The People" must ultimately decide.  Do we continue demanding the same or more services and entitlements from our Government until we spend ourselves into a bankrupt socialist country, or do we find some way to do more for ourselves individually and ask for less from our Government?

"We The People" must make hard choices for the long term… simply waiting for the next election is not an option.

Prompt Pay Legislation Passes the House

A piece of true healthcare cost reform legislation passed the Missouri House this week with overwhelming support.  HB 1498 requires health insurance providers to promptly pay claims put forth by doctors and hospitals for services on behalf of patients.  This is a common sense reform that will improve healthcare in Missouri and will reduce costs and inefficiency.

By delaying the return on health insurance claims, patients suffer.  The cost of these delays is passed onto the consumer and this ends up being an extreme inefficiency in our healthcare system.  Working Missourians must pay their bills and debts in a timely manner; I see no reason why health insurance companies should not also be held accountable.  Currently only two-thirds of claims are processed within sixty (60) days of the claim.  This excellent piece of compromise legislation will change that and make the entire system more efficient, reliable and cost conscious.

Our doctors and dentists should not be forced to wait on payment for months on end.  Healthcare providers do the work needed to keep Missourians healthy and they should be paid for it.  HB 1498 is a common-sense reform that will make sure that happens.  I applaud all of the health care providers and insurance companies who came together in a bi-partisan way to craft a piece of legislation that will improve the health care system for all of Missourians.

House Passes Bill Focusing on Job Creation

The House passed HB 1675 this week creating an act that will help Missouri bring manufacturing jobs to our state. This bill allows companies that create new manufacturing jobs in Missouri to keep half of the withholding tax they would normally pay for ten years if they invest at least $50,000 per full-time employee on factory improvements for a new product.  This bill is about creating new jobs by encouraging Missouri manufacturing companies to expand their operations in this state with new products and production lines. The competition for bringing new jobs to this state is a fierce one. We are not above competing with other states for jobs. We should do all we can to encourage businesses to expand in our state so we can get more Missourians working. The Manufacturing Jobs Act is another tool we can use to attract serious manufacturing jobs and allow us to foster business growth to allow us to compete on the global market.

Six Flags St. Louis in Eureka is Hiring

Six Flags St. Louis is hiring more than 3,000 employees to fill positions for the 2010 season which begins on April 2nd. Six Flags will be hosting job fairs to fill these positions on February 27; March 6, 13, 20 and April 3, 10 and 17.  For more information, please visit:


As always, please let me know your thoughts about these or other matters of concern by calling my office at: (573) 751-3572 or by emailing me at chuck{dot}gatschenberger{at}house{dot}mo{dot}gov


Hawkin Rifles and Murphy wagons, used by the western pioneers, were made in St. Louis.

St. Louis was once the largest shoe-manufacturing center in the world – home of Buster Brown Shoes

Planter's Punch, Martini, Bloody Mary and Tom Collins were all invented in St. Louis.

Nance: Governor Visits Watkins Mill, At The Capitol, Visitors To Jeff City

Governor Nixon visited Watkins Mill State Park last Friday. He came to announce a program for our parks. Missourians ages 17 to 24 will gain valuable work experience this summer and help enhance the state system of parks by being part of the Missouri State Parks Youth Corps, a jobs program launched this past weekend. Youth can apply online for jobs that might include computer technology, tour guides, or maintenance of grounds. Over 1,000 Missouri youth will be employed at minimum wage for 240 hours.

State Parks Youth Corps will help youth to gain work experience and teach them to be good stewards of our parks. The money for the program is designated from the Federal Government. Young people who want to be part of the State Parks Youth Corps can apply online at

I appreciated his kind words and will continue to work with him to make Missouri a better place for everyone.

At the Capitol

HB 1519 passed through the House on Tuesday. It pertains to transit operators being assaulted. I was able to add an amendment making it a class C felony to threaten certain positions in the judicial system.

HCS HB 1408 was also passed and changes the time frame that interest is paid to the income tax filer. Presently, if the state has your tax return for four months, they must pay interest. This bill changes that period to 45 days.

HB1548 passed out of committee and it establishes the High School Sports Brain Injury Prevention Act which requires school boards to work with the Missouri State High School Activities Association to develop guidelines, information, and forms for coaches, student athletes, and their parents or guardians on the nature and risk of concussions and head injuries, including information on continuing to play after a concussion or head injury.


Leroy Martens was at the Capitol Tuesday supporting the Ray County Extension.

MSTA teachers from Richmond visited the Capitol after school on Tuesday. Joy Farnan, Patty Solomon, Felicia Powell, Janet Rowe, and Dana Cravens were attending a MSTA event.

Jacob Long was representing Teen Pack when he came to the Capitol this week. Jacob is "home schooled" and this trip gave him an opportunity to see how state government works.

Keith Winge was at the Capitol on Thursday promoting tourism. There were plenty of pancakes for all. I thank the Excelsior Springs DEP for the gift of a picture of the historic water pagodas in Excelsior Springs.

In the District

I was honored at a recent Northland Coalition event where I was recognized by "Youth with Vision" for my support of legislation to creating safe, substance-abuse-free and violence-free communities.

Cunningham: Progress on the Health Care Freedom Act

I just wanted to take the opportunity to quickly update everyone on the Health Care Freedom Act’s progress. Today I’m happy report that the House version of the Health Care Freedom Act was perfected (in the House) by a vote of 113-40 and optimistically will soon be sent over to the Senate.

My Senate version of the bill has been passed out of committee and currently awaits acceptance and placement on the calendar. I sincerely appreciate all those who have come out and shown their support, and all those who have shown an interest in the issue. Each of you has my word that I will fight tirelessly until our constitutional rights in Missouri are fully protected from federal encroachment.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at my Capitol office.

03 March 2010

Ervin: Session Notes - Part 2

"In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution." –Thomas Jefferson, fair copy of the drafts of the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798

This week the Missouri House debated three separate proposed constitutional amendments.

HJR86 - Right to Raise Animals

Upon voter approval, this constitutional amendment, in order to protect Missouri's agricultural economy, affirms the right of Missouri citizens to raise domestic animals in a humane manner without the state imposing an undue economic burden on their owners.  No law criminalizing or regulating crops or the welfare of domesticated animals will be valid unless based upon generally accepted scientific principles and enacted by the General Assembly.  The resolution will not prohibit or limit the right of a city or county to enact ordinances and will not invalidate a state law that makes it a crime to grow a crop that has been declared a controlled substance.

HJR76 - Birds, Fish, Game, Wildlife, or Forestry Resources

Upon voter approval, this proposed constitutional amendment requires a four-sevenths majority for voter approval of initiative petitions relating to harvesting bird, fish, game, wildlife, or forestry resources.  Initiative petitions that establish, amend, or repeal sales taxes for conservation purposes will still require only a simple majority approval.

HJR48, 50, & 57 - Health Care Freedom Act

Upon voter approval, this proposed constitutional amendment prohibits any person, employer, or health care provider from being compelled to participate in any health care system.  Individuals and employers may pay directly for lawful health care services without being subject to fines or penalties, and health care providers can accept payment for health care services from individuals or employers without being subject to fines or penalties.  The purchase or sale of health care insurance in private health care systems cannot be prohibited by law or rule.

Also, this week the dark cloud of declining revenues grew darker.  The February revenue collections are getting worse, not better, with February collections being down from last year by 14.6% bringing our year-to-date revenue collections down to a negative 12.7%.  I have written extensively on my doubts that Missouri's revenue picture would improve and that the Governor's recommended budget was too optimistic along with the consensus revenue estimate, which now appears will have to be lowered.

The significance of the shortfall in revenue that we face this year, and next, cannot be underestimated.  This is the time when the Governor, the House, and the Senate must work together to fix the structural problems in our state budget.  This will require very difficult decisions, courage, and realism - it is not a time for gamesmanship and politicizing.  We can no longer hope that better times will come.  State government must live within its means just like the rest of us.

As always, I appreciate hearing your comments, opinions and concerns.  LaTonya Percival, my Legislative Assistant, and I are always available to answer questions and write me at doug{dot}ervin{at}house{dot}mo{dot}gov or regular mail at 201 West Capitol Avenue, Room 412A, Jefferson City, MO 65101.

02 March 2010

Ruestman: Legislative Update

A brief update on my legislation:

House Bill 1350 – Property Tax Reform

I mentioned this bill in last week's report.  This changes the method that property value is assessed for tax purposes.  It is meant to save taxpayers from exorbitant future increases.  As of last week it had not been referred.  There has been no change to the status of this bill.  The Speaker has yet to assign it to a committee.

House Bill 1351 – Firefighters' Tax Credit

This bill offers a small tax credit to volunteer firefighters who maintain a certain level of training each year.  Nearly 70% of firefighters in Missouri serve in a volunteer capacity.  It is difficult to pass any tax cut or credit during this revenue crunch.  I believe now is the time to be helping Missouri families, especially those who sacrifice for the safety of us all.  HB 1351 was referred to the Committee on Public Safety last week.

House Bill 1864 - Farmers' Market Sales Tax Exemption

I am writing this report on Monday and tomorrow morning we will be hearing this bill in the Committee on Agri-Business.  We're very excited about exempting the many farmers' markets from having to collect state or local sales taxes.  This will benefit our farmers and local communities greatly.  It can also help seniors and low-income families who are struggling to buy groceries.

House Bill 1960 – School Construction Act

Today, the House Committee on Workplace Development and Workplace Safety heard HB 1960 regarding significant savings in school construction, remodeling and maintenance.  It allows school districts in non-charter counties to opt out of the unfunded prevailing wage mandate.  The savings to school districts and TAXPAYERS would be substantial.  On a typical project the cost-reduction is in the neighborhood of 15-25%.  This is money that stays in the taxpayers' pockets.

If you have problems, questions or wish to express concern over an issue, please do not hesitate to contact me or my Legislator Assistant, Jonathan, at my Capitol office either by phone 573-751-9801 or by e-mail at Marilyn{dot}Ruestman{at}house{dot}mo{dot}gov.

Kraus: Representative Government

Representative government is listening to the people.  Two opportunities, discussed below, are coming up for me to listen to you, and I look forward to both.  Please consider coming out and sharing your views.

2010 Open Forum Next Tuesday in Lee's Summit

I will be hosting an Open Forum on Tuesday, March 9, at John Knox Village.  I'll start the forum with an update on legislative activity at the State Capitol, after which the floor will be open for questions and comments from the audience.  This marks the sixth year that I've held an open forum during the legislature's spring break.

This event is especially exciting to me because it allows for two-way communication.  The open forum is great for keeping the community up to date on work at the Capitol, and it is also an excellent opportunity for members of the community to let me know their concerns about state government.  I hope to see you there!

The forum will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Places Manhattan Room, John Knox Village, on 1001 NW Chipman Road in Lee's Summit.  If you have any questions about this event, please contact me at (573) 751-1459 or by e-mail at will{dot}kraus{at}house{dot}mo{dot}gov.

Fourth Annual District Day April 14 in Jefferson City

Don't forget that District 48 Day is coming up on Wednesday, April 14.  Held once a year, District Day provides an opportunity for you to learn about Missouri state government.  I am organizing tours in Jefferson City of the Capitol, the Governor's Mansion, and the Supreme Court.  I'll also be available that day to answer any questions that you might have.  Attendees are responsible for their own transportation to Jefferson City.

We will begin around 10:00 a.m. on April 14 and the last tour will end around 3:00 p.m.  Lunch will be provided and the event is free.  Because spaces are limited, please RSVP, by phone or e-mail, to my office before Tuesday, March 30, 2010.  I hope to see you there!

TeenPact School Comes to Jefferson City

For four years now, I have been speaking at the Annual TeenPact Leadership School held in Jefferson City.  On Monday, I was honored to be able to once again give a presentation and to have the opportunity to serve a group from Eastern Jackson County by providing assistance and sharing the experience of visiting the state capital.

The purpose of TeenPact is to provide students of high school age an experience to make them better leaders who are knowledgeable about government and the formation of public policy.  I always enjoy talking with these students.  Their interest in the responsibilities of government renews my focus on why I am here, which is to represent the people and make Missouri a better place for all of us.   We need good men and women to represent us in Jefferson City, and I encourage these students to continue on to serve the cause of good government.

I would like to thank the advisors, parents and volunteers that helped to make this week's Teen Pact event possible. I truly appreciate all of their effort.

Job Olympics Fundraiser a Great Success

Last Friday, Culver's Restaurant in Lee's Summit held a fundraiser to benefit Job Olympics.  The turnout was great – people ended up taking their food home as carry-out because the restaurant seating was full.  I helped the middle school special needs students deliver trays to the patrons.  It was great fun.   Thanks to everyone for their tremendous support for this worthwhile event.

As noted in an earlier update, ten percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Job Olympics program.  The funds will be used to stage a Job Olympics event for special needs students at Unity Village on April 16.  Over 25 area employers visit that event as the students showcase their skills in a variety of fields and compete for awards.

01 March 2010

Keaveny: It's Time for St. Louis to Be Counted

We're counting on you to be counted, St. Louis.

March marks the start of the 2010 U.S. Census, which is scheduled to be mailed the week of March 15. I'm asking that you fill out the form as fast as possible, and send it back in the postage paid envelope right away. It's one of the most important things you can do for our community and our state, because the federal government uses these numbers to distribute more than $400 billion dollars to states and cities for things like schools, housing developments, streets and much more.

The form contains only 10 basic questions and shouldn't take too much of your time. If you haven't responded by May, the census will send workers to your home to ask you the same questions on the census form in person. Please remember that no personal information will be shared with any agency other than the census, and that census takers would never ask for banking information or Social Security numbers.

Census workers are still needed. If you're interested, here's the important information:

2010 Census JOBS

Call 314-800-0680 and ask to speak to a recruiter
$11.00 - $13.00/hr
Paid training, paid for mileage ($.50 per mile)
Flexible Hours
Work up to 40 hours per week in Field Positions
Testing sites are being scheduled in your area
Please leave a message if calling after business hours (7:30 am – 4:30 pm M-F)

It is estimated that the City of St. Louis will lose $1,300 per year for every person not counted in the census. Please make filling out your census form a priority for your family and everyone you know. Remember, we are counting on you to be counted.

For any additional questions on the census, please call Josh Wiese at 314-613-7025 or email him at wiesej{at}stlouiscity{dot}com. He is the census point person in Mayor Francis Slay's Office and is happy to answer questions and provide more information about the census. For more information regarding the 2010 U.S. Census, you can also visit