Legislative Leaders Delay Start of Extra Session
Leaders from both chambers have decided to delay the start of the extra legislative session until next Wednesday, September 14, as they are still negotiating which provisions to include in the proposal. Reducing income tax rates and addressing tax credits for our state’s agriculture industry are on the docket for the extra legislative session, called by the governor in late August. Lawmakers are already slated to return to the Capitol to convene the annual veto session that same day. I’ll provide more information on the combined sessions in my next report.
Champion for the Disabled
I’m proud to report the Missouri Centers for Independent Living (MOCIL) has named me as 2022 Legislative Champion for sponsoring and supporting legislation to uplift the disabled and help them live as independently as possible. Last session, I sponsored legislation to exempt sheltered workshops from minimum wage requirements so they could continue to operate and provide the disabled an outlet for creativity and purpose. The award will be presented at MOCIL’s annual banquet on October 3, in Jefferson City.
September 11 Observances
“You can be sure that the American spirit will prevail over this tragedy.” – Colin Powell
The “never forget” mantra associated with 9/11/01 will take center stage again this weekend as our nation remembers the 3,000 plus innocent lives lost at the hands of terrorists. Over the course of the past 21 years, we have made sure the entire world will never forget how we prevailed over this tragedy, and more importantly, that the American spirit cannot, and will not, be curtailed.
September 11 is also Grandparents Day, and grandparentsday.org lists some activities to “Do Something Grand.” Those of us who are fortunate enough to be included in the grandparents “club” know that we are the real benefactors of this special bond. I hope you get to cherish the day surrounded by those who think you are older than dirt, but more prized and special than a rare gemstone. Ellen and I are looking forward to spending our days with the three kiddos who light up our lives, and our faces!
Festivals, Fall, and Fun for All
Our community certainly knows how to say hello to the highly anticipated autumn season and celebrate the harvest produced by our hardworking farmers. I’ve included a few of the fall events and activities happening in southwest Missouri below.
- September 9–10: Gem City Days at Diamond High School (417.825.7783)
- September 10: Prairie Days at George Washington Carver National Monument (417.325.4151)
- September 16–17: Joplin Arts Fest at the Empire Market (417.986.3914)
- September 22: Fall Y’all at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (417.629.3423)
- September 23–24: 25th Annual Carl Junction Bluegrass Festival (417.649.8846)
- September 24: Newtonia Fall Festival – Celebrating Our Civil War Heritage (417.365.9062)
- September 24: Steel Thunder on Route 66 Car Show and Music Fest (417.986.1950)
- October 1: Neosho Fall Festival in the Historic Downtown District (417.451.8065)
- October 1–30: Carthage’s 56th Annual Maple Leaf Festival (417.358.2373)