MO Legislature Has Innovative Idea To Spur Job Creation

Yes! In two of the Capitol Reports received via e-mail from Cape County’s state Representatives, it is confirmed!  Missouri has an innovative idea to spur job creation!  Are you ready?!?!

They’re gonna make a list.

Stop clapping.  Hold the applause.  Hang on to your panties.

From the Capitol Reports of Wayne Wallingford and Ellen Brandom:

Putting Missourians back to work will be a priority again this session.  Last session, we took several steps to create jobs.  We cut taxes on small businesses adding new employees, eliminated the franchise tax and adopted several measures to improve the business climate.  But with an unemployment rate still above 8%, there is still work to be done.

One innovative idea to spur job creation is the Entrepreneur Virtual Resource Network.  This new program would provide resources to the Department of Economic Development for a website that pools the information needed to start a small business in the state.

Entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of job creation, but they often need assistance in navigating the regulatory hoops necessary to create their business from scratch.  This website will give them a one-stop shop on how to get their idea to the marketplace.

At least they’re saving money and time by collaborating on the text of their Capitol Reports (or Leadership is writing them).

h/t www.clotureclub.com/

Now, I’m all for getting information out via the Interwebs; that’s how I make my living.  But to claim that making a long list of the laws, rules, and regulations that stand in the way of starting or expanding a business in Missouri will create jobs is laughable.

Here’s a better idea.

  • Go ahead and make the list, but save the time and effort of creating the web site
  • Then, order the list by necessity of the law, rule, regulation from greatest to least
  • Finally, write and pass a bill to repeal all the laws, rules, and regulations on the bottom half of the list

There you have it.  One half of the red tape that ties down job creators is cut.  Missouri is job friendly.

MOSIRA: Still Waiting For Reply

On October 8, 2011, I sent the following e-mail to the Missouri Legislature representatives of Cape Girardeau County as well as to the Cape County Tea Party Members:

Greetings to CCTP and to our local MO Representatives!

Attached is a document (here) prepared by a MO Constitutional Lawyer named Ron Calzone in response the passage of the MOSIRA bill in Special Session.  Ron runs a web site mofirst.org.

I am far from an expert on constitutional issues and Missouri Law, but assuming he’s correct, I have a request for our local Senate and House Representatives that receive this e-mail and voted FOR this legislation.

I would ask that in direct reply to this e-mail, or in your weekly Capitol Reports, that you:

  • Discuss why you voted FOR this legislation
  • Refute the unconstitutionality claims made by Mr. Calzone
  • Refute the claim that the legislation allows public funding for embryonic stem cell research and human cloning

I suspect other Libertarians and Conservatives, like me, believe picking winners and losers with our tax dollars is nothing more than crony capitalism and a perversion of the Missouri Constitution.

Thank You!
Brian Bollmann

For the record, the House Members that represent Cape County voted as follows:

  • 157 Donna Lichtenegger – Yea
  • 158 Wayne Wallingford – Nay
  • 159 Billy Pat Wright – Yea
  • 160 Ellen Brandom – Yea

As best I can tell, the Missouri Senate used a voice vote on SB7 and Senator Crowell’s vote is not recorded in the public record.  Pursuant to the e-mail above, I asked him separately about his vote.

Senator Crowell,

It appears that SB7 (MOSIRA) was a voice vote in the Senate?  I assume that means there is no record anywhere?

How did you vote?

As a Missouri resident and voter, I’m disappointed that the people I hire to act on my behalf in the Missouri Legislature would ever be allowed to act (vote) without my ability to review how they acted (voted).  Each vote must be recorded to allow constituents to properly evaluate the performance of their representatives.

The point I am getting to is…

No one on this list of representatives has replied in any way to my request.

If one of the representatives has addressed my questions in their Capitol Report, I’d be glad to attach that reply to this posting.

To that end, I ask you to consider contacting your representative to explain why they voted for taking your tax dollars and giving them to corporations – picking winners and losers by enslaving you to labor for their efforts.

See the Rep Contact Info page on this site for contact information