Category: Letters

City proposes to take over tourism function

Dear Editor, As a 25-year veteran of the tourism/lodging industry, I have mixed feelings about the proposal to remove the tourism function from the Chamber of Commerce and place it directly under the city. First some background: The tourism tax passed by only a 3.4 percent margin (44 votes) in 1998. Obviously, many voters doubted… Read more »

Sheriff escorts the president

Dear editor, I noted in your news article about the president going from Whiteman to Warrensburg that Sheriff Heiss led the procession and said that he was very excited to do so. I wouldn’t think that he would even do that after all the derogatory things he has said about our president. Doing this allowed… Read more »

UCM president thanks community

Dear Members of the Campus Community and Friends of UCM: The University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg and surrounding communities can be very proud of the cooperative spirit and strong sense of community that contributed to a successful, history-making visit by President Barack Obama on July 24. We can agree that it is not every day… Read more »

Mo. health insurance aid

Dear Editor, The federal subsidy for health coverage for the 525,000 Missouri residents has me very concerned. The Missouri residents that fall in or under the poverty level would benefit greatly, but overall this is a bad thing. With the annual poverty level being just under $24,000, the government should really re-consider this plan. “That… Read more »

‘Learning to a Greater Degree Contract’

Dear Editor, The University of Central Missouri’s Board of Governors took a bold and necessary step forward when it adopted the conceptual “Learning to a Greater Degree Contract” as a way to help ensure students stay in school, graduate on time, and leave the University with a degree that has more value in a rapidly… Read more »

Tax credits

Dear Editor, Policymakers have used economic development tax credits to gamble with taxpayer money for years, but the results have been disappointing. Missouri continues to fall behind our neighbors, and today we are in the basement in economic growth and job growth compared to the rest of the country. Tax credits are real money that… Read more »

Tax structure

Dear Editor, The debate about tax structure is not some egghead, ivory-tower issue, and Missouri is about to find this out firsthand. Last year, Kansas eliminated its tax on the pass-through income of LLCs, S-Corporations, and sole proprietorships, and the state is looking to cut income taxes further this year. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s explicit… Read more »

Medicaid expansion

Dear Editor, Late last month, Gov. Jay Nixon announced he would support an expansion of Missouri’s Medicaid program under ObamaCare. “[Expanding Medicaid is] the smart thing to do, and it’s the right thing to do,” he said. Although one could describe Gov. Nixon’s announcement in many ways, “smart” and “right” would not appear in the parade… Read more »

Tax incentive reform

Dear Editor, Missouri’s economy is suffering, and at least part of the blame can be laid at the feet of a state development culture intent on picking winners and losers in the tax code. Too often Tax Increment Financing (TIF) decisions hurt local schools, libraries, and other services dependent on property taxes for no credible… Read more »

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