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TheChat: Ryan Silvey insists that he’s the right man for the job


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▪ “Believe it or not I’m the only person in state government who’s actually written a state budget before. All the others have term limited out.” — Missouri state Sen. Ryan Silvey, a Kansas City Republican, on his interest in becoming the next chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Silvey has handled deficits before when he was budget chairman in the House. Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard is expected to name the next budget chair in January.

▪ “Right to work certainly does not help organized labor. But it need not spell the end of organized labor.” — Jake Rosenfeld, an associate professor of sociology at Washington University, on the impact of an anticipated new right-to-work law in Missouri.

Strong, charismatic leaders who remind workers of the value of unions can help organized labor overcome the potentially harmful effect of right to work, Rosenfeld says. The General Assembly is expected to pass another right-to-work law next year, and this time the governor, Eric Greitens, is expected to sign it. Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed past proposals.

▪ “Missourians have every right to demand immediate action, and I intend to make sure that Gov.-elect Greitens can deliver on his promise.” — Missouri state Rep. Kip Kendrick of Columbia, who serves as the Democratic whip in the House, outlining an ethics reform agenda.

Democrats are backing the new governor full throttle on one of his major campaign platforms — sweeping ethics reform. Democrats know that some Republican leaders are resisting some of the changes that Greitens proposes.

▪ “Mr. Carlson, really, led the effort in the House to pass a plan that has basically decimated the Department of Transportation and the highway fund.” — Kansas Sen. Anthony Hensley, the Senate Democratic leader, on Richard Carlson’s nomination to head the Kansas DOT.

A Senate panel endorsed Gov. Sam Brownback’s nomination of Carlson this week. When he served in the House, Carlson helped pass the controversial 2012 tax bill that has contributed to sweeping budget deficits in the state and has undermined the state highway program.