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Throughout the state, media outlets and city governments have published their opposition to HB 722 - a misguided bill passed by the Missouri legislature this spring that interferes with local decisions on the minimum wage, employee benefit policies like paid sick leave, and proposed limits on plastic bags at grocery stores. Within two weeks, Gov. Jay Nixon will have a chance to veto this bill, and with the amount of public opposition to it, we hope he stands up for local control across Missouri.
Here are some examples of the published opposition to the bill, and the full text can be found by clicking on the photo.
All you need care about is local control. HB 722 would limit the power of local government to pass such legislation. If they get in this habit, no telling where they will stop."
Rather than allow local governments to reflect the values of their communities, the legislature has pushed state-wide policies on issues that should be treated as local ones."
We find it very ironic that a legislature which has taken a strong stance against Federal encroachment in State affaris, apparently sees no conflict when they choose to interfere in the affairs of local governments."
We believe it is not the role of the state legislature to limit a municipality's ability to establish their own policy decisions."
The fear of the Republican-controlled legislature is that these experiments will actually succeed and be copied by other local governments. The General Assembly has become heavy handed in recent years. Nixon should veto this latest attempt to stop cities from acting in their own best interests."
The decisions you make can have dire consequences to how municipalities operate and function. Our citizens are best served when those governing closest to the people have the ability to do just that, govern. The local municipal or county government should be much more responsive to the needs of the people because, quite frankly, we govern closest to the people. "