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Our Agenda: A Missouri that Works for Everyone

Legislators are convened in Jefferson City today to begin an intense, exciting and important few months of lawmaking.

You’re going to hear plenty in the coming weeks about the terrible things that Birther Tim Jones and his friends want to do to Missouri. But there are also visionary, passionate folks around the state fighting to make great law too. And we’ll be standing beside them — and you — to stop the extremism and get the legislature back on track.

Our progressive champions in the Capitol can’t do it alone, as you know. They’re going to need our help. Please join us this session in the fight to build a Missouri that works for everyone.

EXPAND MEDICAID, BECAUSE MISSOURI LIVES ARE ON THE LINE.

In this tough economy, more Missourians than ever are out of jobs and many are single parents barely make enough to survive, let alone support a family. Under the national health reform law, Missouri has an opportunity to expand Medicaid to provide health insurance to single parents and childless adults who earn up to 138% of the federal poverty level, or about $25,000 for a family of three.

Without Medicaid expansion, Missouri will forgo more than $2 billion in federal funding -- money that will instead go to other states -- and rural health care will suffer from devastating cuts to crucial services.

Missouri needs Medicaid expansion and Missouri lawmakers need to make it happen.

Sign on as a citizen cosponsor of Medicaid expansion here.

RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE, BECAUSE NO ONE WHO WORKS FULL TIME AND PLAYS BY THE RULES SHOULD BE LIVING IN POVERTY.

Raising the minimum wage is good for working families and Missouri’s economy. Missouri’s recent minimum wage increase of 15 cents is a step in the right direction, but falls far short of what a family needs to get by. Higher wages power economic recovery and are key to growth. Raising the minimum wage will generate billions in economic activity and create thousands of new jobs.

Sign on as a citizen cosponsor of minimum wage raise here.

PASS THE MISSOURI NONDISCRIMINATION ACT SO MISSOURIANS CAN NO LONGER BE FIRED FOR BEING GAY.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Missourians can be fired from their jobs, denied housing, and refused access to public accommodations and services. The Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA) extends the existing Missouri Human Rights Statute to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected categories, thereby prohibiting discrimination against LGBT people in Missouri.

The Missouri General Assembly needs to pass MONA and make the words “fired for being gay” history.

Sign on as a citizen cosponsor of MONA expansion here.

CAP CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS AND LOBBYIST GIFTS SO WE NO LONGER HAVE THE WORST ETHICS LAWS IN THE COUNTRY.

Missourians need meaningful ethics reform that will reinstate campaign donation limits and shut down the unlimited flow of gifts from lobbyists to politicians. We know this isn’t going to be a walk in the park, but legislators need to tap into the bipartisan support for ethics reform currently circulating under the dome and clean up the people’s house.

Sign on as a citizen cosponsor of ethics reform expansion here.

FULLY FUND EDUCATION SO MISSOURI CAN HAVE THE HIGHLY SKILLED AND EDUCATED WORKFORCE NEEDED FOR A STRONG ECONOMY.

We all know that education is key to building a strong economy and supporting Missouri families. The Foundation Formula is Missouri’s primary method of distributing money to public schools and has been chronically underfunded, falling short of the target every year since 2010. In the 2013 budget, funding for K-12 education was nearly $594 million short of what the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requested. Governor Nixon has proposed fully funding the school foundation formula by fiscal year 2017, the end of his second and final term in office.

When our economy is strong Missouri families thrive, and fully funding education is key to ensuring that outcome. The General Assembly must fully fund the Foundation Formula to pass the 2014 session test. 

Sign on as a citizen cosponsor of full education expansion here.

Together, we can build a Missouri that works for everyone.

@ProgressMO

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