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TheChat: The road ahead for Missouri Republicans is smooth as glass


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▪ “It will be certainly be nice to have to count to 82 instead of 109 on some things for a change.” — Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson speaking about the lower threshold needed to pass legislation in the coming years.

In the past, Republicans had to muster 109 votes to overcome vetoes by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon on certain measures. With a governor from their own party, Republican lawmakers no longer have to worry as much about veto overrides. That means all they need is 82 votes to pass bills. In political speak, that’s simply a tremendous luxury.

▪ “We think that the people voted to take this state in a new direction. And I’m excited to work with the legislature to make that happen.” — Greitens following a meeting last week with Senate Republicans.

The opportunities for Greitens are through the roof. He’ll inherit a General Assembly with more Republicans than any GOP governor has had in state history.

▪ “Can Governor Greitens not overreach?” — Democratic consultant Jack Cardetti speaking about the Missouri governor-elect.

Speaking on “This Week in Missouri Politics,” Cardetti was warning the new Republican governor, and the GOP-led General Assembly, not to go overboard in pursuing their agenda. A few years back, Republican Gov. Matt Blunt did just that by slashing Medicaid benefits for hundreds of thousands of recipients, and it cost his party dearly.

▪ “If you don’t include schools you magnify everyone else’s cuts, which has an impact on communities.” — Mark Tallman, a lobbyist with the Kansas Association of School Boards, discussing the dilemma facing lawmakers who are looking for places to cut the budget following a steep drop in revenue reported last week.

One big question is whether public schools are facing big funding cuts in the months ahead. Tallman succinctly outlined the dilemma.