How does a Democratic Governor, with a veto proof legislature, generate more excuses, from Republican leadership, in one legislative session, than a third grader whose dog ate their homework? Easy. Be a Governor of a non-Right To Work state.
It’s nice to know that self-preservation is alive and well in the Missouri General Assembly.
While Missourians have been wishing, chanting, screaming for legislators to pass Right To Work legislation in their state, the Republican legislature has been dancing around how to avoid the issue for years. Always, the mantra has been to blame the Governor. But first, they blamed the fact they had no majority with which to pass the legislation. And so, Missouri gave them a veto proof majority in 2012. It became almost entertaining to watch the squirming from the “right” as they knew they would be expected to do something, but what? How would they appease their voting base and still protect Republicans who clandestinely enjoy Union support? Well, they have come up with the quintessential “It’s not my fault” solution. They’re gonna punt. They are passing the buck, to you. It will be your fault. The $7.1 million dollar question is, will voters fall for it? Here’s how it works.
Two key pieces of legislation have been introduced, this session, which promote Right To Work. HB 77 and HB 91 are two, almost identical bills that might bring Right To Work to Missouri, but not at the hands of the legislature whom, by the way, was elected to represent the interests of their voting constituents, not special interests. They both contain language that kicks it to you, the voter. That’s right. They are both ballot initiatives. So, in short, instead of taking responsibility, taking a stand on an issue, the legislature is throwing it to you. Yes, you now must decide whether Missouri will be a Right To Work state, should the one of these bills pass through the general assembly in this session.
And as long as things go well, and Missourians can out campaign and out spend, the Unions, they should expect great success. If not, then it’s your fault. Pretty tidy and convenient for the legislature. And we will all be able to sleep better at night knowing we have maintained our veto proof majority. Did I mention we will be at least $7.1 million dollars poorer to address the issue by ballot initiative?
It looks like the bill with legs is HB 77, and it goes to committee tomorrow. The main difference between the bills is that HB 77 puts the issue on the ballot in November of 2013 and HB 91 goes on in November of 2014. There is no general election in 2013 and the cost to tax payers to put it on the ballot, in an off year, will be in the neighborhood of $7.1 million dollars. Should anyone ask the general assembly to forego their salaries, this session, to offset the costs of a special election?
You can thank the following for advancing Right To Work in Missouri: HB 77 – Eric Burlison (sponsor) Speaker, Tim Jones, Brattin, Diehl, Lichtenegger, Lant, Morris, Rieboldt, Frederick, Bahr, Schatz, White, Dugger, Ross, Cookson, Anderson, and Kelley (co-sponsors) HB 91 – Donna Lichtenegger (sponsor) Speaker, Tim Jones, Burlison, and Bahr (co-sponsors)
Few would argue the importance of brining jobs to Missouri. There seems to be a great philosophical divide in just how to get that done. Remember China Hub? Tax credits are an old time favorite of our elected and we now also have a repackaged, repurposed, recycled version of the China Hub Tax Credit initiative. HB 221, Sponsored by Anne Zerr and co-sponsored by Deihl, Allen, Leara, Swearingen, McCaherty, Walker, Lauer, Kratky, Sommer, Torpey, Smith 85), McNeil and Otto is moving right along and will be heard in committee, today, at 5:00 p.m.
My American Heritage Dictionary defines “Leader” as – n. 1. A person who leads others along a way; a guide. Are we being led over a cliff?