Sitting in the House press gallery listening to Gov. Jay Nixon’s State of the State address, I began thinking back to about 30 years ago.
Decades ago, many argued that education funding was not a state problem.
If you listen to the statehouse pundits, lobbyists and even some legislators you would not hold out much hope for the 2012 legislative session.
As Missourians prepare for the holiday season, major decisions are being made in Missouri’s statehouse about the state’s multi-billion dollar budget.
It’s been around since the early 1990s, and it has worked remarkably well in bringing a more rational process to put together the state’s budget each year.
It would be difficult to exaggerate the legacy to Missouri of Mel Hancock, who died this month at the age of 82. In many ways, the Springfield businessman and congressman was Missouri’s first tea party member.
Despite the national trend toward transparency and openness in government, here in Missouri there has been a recent trend in the opposite direction.
This was quite a different special session than any I’ve seen in my more than four decades at the statehouse.
While the news from Congress in Washington has been dominated by what seems to be near-partisan gridlock, here in Missouri’s statehouse there’s been a bit of a return to bipartisanship.
At times, it looked like Missouri’s legislative special session might have been involved in something similar to a child’s game of musical chairs.