(From Sen. Jill Schlupp, D-Creve Couer)
This was our first full week of session. Committee hearings have begun and already there is a feeling of excitement and hope mixed with the realities of a supermajority whose priorities are not always in alignment with mine. So, we are off, yet again, to an interesting start.
Wednesday, the Governor delivered his "State of the State" address.
It is perplexing that the Governor announced he will refuse to support healthcare access for low income Missourians through the expansion of Medicaid.
It is disappointing that he will undermine Clean Missouri which was passed by the people to put an end to political gerrymandering.
It is disturbing that the Governor is backtracking on common sense gun reform laws.
Now begins the review of the Governor's proposed budget. Details will be examined closely as the budget moves through the House and then Senate chambers. As we work through session, we will provide updates on budget priorities as they are reflected by those making initial decisions about where your tax dollars will be spent.
My staff and I always come in ready to work and to positively impact change. We will continue to stand up and fight for the people I represent and the betterment of our state. We stand ready to address the challenges and opportunities that this new session brings.
This weekend, we remember and join in the celebrations of the birthday of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His legacy of bringing civil rights and social justice to the fore continues to inspire me.