Thanks to Brad Belote of KY3, we now have the information on which area representatives voted to restore the $227,000 for Alzheimer's research that Governor Matt Blunt vetoed from the state budget.
Only one of the six area representatives, Bryan Stevenson, R-Webb City, voted to restore the funding. As we have already mentioned in one of yesterday's posts, Ed Emery, R-Lamar, voted with the governor. Thanks to Brad Belote, who discovered that the vote was grouped in with information from the past session, rather than with the veto session, we now have the information that our other local legislators, Steve Hunter, R-Joplin, Ron Richard, R-Joplin, Marilyn Ruestman, R-Joplin, and Kevin Wilson, R-Neosho, voted to sustain the governor's veto.
First, they nailed the poor with their Medicaid votes, and now they apparently have no qualms about eliminating the money for Alzheimer's research. Let them talk all they want about the need to balance the state's budget; we all agree with that. What we don't agree with is the set of priorities the governor has. After all, he did spend about the same amount of money to upgrade security for himself and his family and to renovate the governor's mansion.
I am sure all will be well, now that we have made the state more attractive to business.