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Dave Helling: It’s time to break lawmakers’ ‘cycle of dependency’

Gov. Sam Brownback recently signed a bill to restrict welfare benefits in Kansas, yet he’s lived almost entirely on the taxpayer’s dime for three decades as a congressman, a U.S. senator and the state’s chief executive. Meanwhile, Missouri lawmakers want to cap welfare eligibility at 45 months in their state. Perhaps it’s time to limit how long they can receive government checks.

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Missouri House passes cap on lobbyist gifts and cooling-off period

The Missouri House signed off on ethics legislation that would cap lobbyist gifts at $25 apiece and ban lawmakers from becoming lobbyists for at least one year after leaving office. Those two provisions differ from the version passed by the Missouri Senate earlier this year, meaning differences would have to be worked out before it could be sent to the governor.

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