Back to the grind...
▪ “I don’t concede that Missouri is nearly as conservative as people think that it is.” — Missouri state Rep. Gail McCann-Beatty, a Kansas City Democrat, talking about the state’s political leanings.
But other Democrats concede that’s it’s tough to recruit party members to run for seats in a General Assembly that’s so thoroughly dominated by Republicans. (link via johncombest.com).
▪ “We have more work to do.” — Patrick McKenna, director of the Missouri Department of Transportation, on the need to convince lawmakers that the department needs more revenue.
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The Senate voted to raise fuel taxes by six cents a gallon, but the House refused to take up the measure in this election year. The department did renew the state's cost-share program, in which local governments pay a portion of a project in exchange for speeding up construction.
▪ “Transparency is always good.” — Missouri state Sen. David Sater on a measure that would stop health insurance companies from raising rates for Affordable Care Act consumers in Missouri without a review by a state agency.
The bill is under consideration by Gov. Jay Nixon. Proponents say the measure is a long time coming because Missouri is the only state that does not review health-insurance rates.
▪ “The common man needs to be included more.” — Gwendolyn Posey, 44, a registered independent from Sparks, Oklahoma, on the Republican presidential nominating process.
A new poll shows strong dissatisfaction with the process in both parties.