The Economic Policy Institute just released an update for their Family Budget Calculator, a measuring tool of economic security across America.
When accounting for geographic differences and basic necessities, such as housing, transportation, child care, and health care, the report concludes there is “nowhere in the country where a minimum-wage worker-even a single adult without children-earns enough to meet the requirements of their local family budget.”
When Republicans start talking about "Voter Fraud," we know it's a dog whistle to an extremist base that has little regard for equal access to ballot boxes. In Ed Emery's latest video touting how awesome he thinks ALEC is, Missouri's ALEC co-chair and State Senator talks about one of his House colleagues getting new ideas from Texas to "control voter fraud."
The effort to enact ethics reform last session was downright pathetic. It wasn't prioritized and when meager reforms were passed the House and Senate couldn't come to an agreement on lobbyist gift limits so the bills were stalled. It's hardly shocking another politician has gone through the revolving door from elected official to private lobbyist.
Rep. Bill Lant (R-Pineville) tries "very hard not to be a conspiracy theorist." Or so he says in his most recent newsletter.
Of course, he goes on to lament the "decisions [...] to teach much less history than we used to." And posing questions like, "when governments are doing the same things that have led to World Wars in the past doesn't it make sense to question their decisions?"
Once upon a time, Senator Kurt Schaefer described himself as "a very moderate candidate." He said he supported expanding Medicaid eligibility to 100% of the Federal Poverty Level. His re-election to the Senate to represent Boone and Cooper Counties was all about “putting politics aside” and bipartisanship.
Two thirds of Missouri voters in a new PPP poll support increasing the minimum wage to at least $10 an hour, and 52% of Republicans favor increasing it to at least $10.