In The Capitol
New Government Oversight Committee FormedA new House committee formed recently will take a closer look at how state government operates with the goal of eliminating any waste, fraud or abuse that exists in the system. The new Interim Committee on Government Oversight and Accountability will conduct a thorough investigation into any allegations of waste or fraud in state government and then make policy recommendations that will ensure similar instances of waste and abuse do not occur in the future. One of the committee’s first orders of business will be a thorough investigation of the state’s involvement with a company in Moberly, Missouri that makes artificial sweetener. Mamtek U.S. accepted financial assistance from the state with the understanding that it would provide more than 600 jobs. The company revealed it was in financial distress and laid off the four people it had hired in central Missouri in September. The Mamtek situation has raised a lot of questions about some of the partnerships the state has become involved in and these are questions that deserve answers. The committee will do its best to get those answers as it investigates this situation and many others in the coming months.
In the District
Mr. Ray McCarty (right), presented the AIM Award.
On Thursday, October 20th, I was very honored to receive Associated Industries of Missouri (AIM), 2011 Friend of Manufacturing and Industry Award, at a reception held at the Lake of the Ozark’s Lodge of the Four Seasons. The award was presented in recognition of support of business-friendly legislation throughout the 2011 legislative session.
Interim Office Hours
Interim office hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Normal schedule will resume December 1, 2011. If you need to call me at home, my number is 417-887-3353.
I look forward to hearing from you. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office. Best wishes.