During the last session of the Missouri Legislature, legislators sponsored and sent a bill to Governor Nixon that would harm state funding for public education.
Billed as an economic development initiative, the main plank of the legislation was to provide an income tax cut to Missourians of nearly $800 million. This tax cut would have largely come at the expense of funding our state’s public schools which have not received full funding for the past six years under the school foundation formula lawmakers wrote and passed.
This year alone, those promised funds fell short to the tune of $600 million.
Governor Nixon vetoed the legislation and the House of Representatives failed to override his veto during the Legislature’s veto session in September. Proponents of the ideas, both elected and from the general public, have vowed to bring the issue back again for the next legislative session beginning in January of 2014.
The veto was sustained through the political courage of many state representatives of both parties. Several Republicans bravely rebuffed the efforts of House leadership and wealthy donors and stood with our public school students and their school districts.
While the Missouri Parent program is a fiscally conservative effort and supports many of the economic development practices of our state, we cannot let certain billionaires and politicians put their aspirations in front of the education of Missouri’s K-12 students.
Today we begin saluting the dozens of legislators who stood with our students. Specifically we would like to honor seventeen state representatives who did the right thing in September. We ask them to maintain their decision in the future and continue to work with Missouri Parent and public education supporters like you from across the Show-Me State as we seek to balance the funding needs of the future, the economic development needs of today, and to replace the appropriation shortages for education of that linger.
The seventeen who especially #StoodStrong for education are as follows:
Rep. Steve Hodges, D-East Prarie
Rep. Jeff Roorda, D-Barnhart
Rep. Ed Scheiffer, D-Troy
Rep. Nate Walker, R-Kirksville
Rep. Craig Redmon, R-Monticello
Rep. Sue Entlicher, R-Bolivar
Rep. Paul Fitzwater, R-Potosi
Rep. Mike Thomson, R-Maryville
Rep. Lyle Rowland, R-Cedarcreek
Rep. Lyndall Fraker, R-Marshfield
Rep. Lynn Morris, R-Nixa
Rep. Jeffrey Messenger, R-Republic
Rep. Kent Hampton, R-Malden
Rep. Donna Pfautch, R-Harrisonville
Rep. Elaine Gannon, R-DeSoto
Rep. David Wood, R-Versailles
Rep. Dennis Fowler, R-Advance
We ask all involved with and supportive of the Missouri Parent program to take a moment to send a note or phone call of thanks to these representatives. Their official websites are linked above. You can also share this article or any of the member links with the #StoodStrong hashtag on Social Media to help broaden support.
The days ahead, especially in the next legislative session, will not be easy for these members or public education funding. The importance of all Missourians getting involved in grassroots organizations like Missouri Parent may have never been greater than now.
To get involved, use the links at the top of this page, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter as we frequently share ways for you to make an impact on education policy along with our informative articles about education and learning in our schools.
Your support is greatly appreciated.