Government is Still Tracking Your CCW Data

Missourians support their 2nd Amendment rights. Many of them support constitutional carry. Representative Eric Burlison’s HB 1468, which creates constitutional carry in Missouri, was heard in the Senate after passing the House by a vote of 112 to 37.

Constitutional carry allows any individual who may carry a firearm in the open to also carry concealed.

Representative Eric Burlison made a good point in the hearing when he said throwing a piece of cloth over a firearm shouldn’t make you a criminal. If you can legally carry a firearm on your hip, putting a jacket on shouldn’t make you a criminal.

But there’s still another issue at hand. Your privacy.

In 2013 that the Department of Revenue handed the feds a list of the CCW permits holders. The Department of Revenue had this information because a printed endorsement on a driver’s license was the method of issuing permits.

Standing Alone Against Higher Taxes

SB 623, a bill designed to take advantage of lower gas prices to raise your taxes, was perfected in the Missouri Senate last week.

During the Thursday press conference Senator Libla, sponsor of SB 623, mentioned the Missouri Alliance for Freedom was the ONLY group to oppose it.

The quote from the Fulton Sun:
“They were the only ones who opposed the bill in committee, when we had 30 other groups — all kinds of groups from all over the state — support the bill in the committee,” Libla said at a Thursday news conference.

Missouri Alliance for Freedom was the only witness to testify against this bill.

However, the quote is slightly misleading. The quote attempts to make you believe a significant number of groups representing constituents are supporting SB 623. We would disagree.

Below is a review of the witnesses who testified that day.

First was Patrick McKenna of the Missouri Department of Transportation. Without a doubt, a government agency is going to support higher taxes to fuel their bureaucracy. McKenna did not disappoint us.

Even while pleading for more money the director said all federal funds should go to further expansion and new projects. While funding is apparently low the director of MODOT is advocating to increase our maintenance costs. Again, the bureaucracy will never disappoint us.

Other representatives of bureaucracy to testify were the Missouri Municipal League and the Missouri Association of Counties (counties and cities get a portion of any increase in taxes).

Other groups to testify were the Heavy Constructors Association, Mercury Alliance, Missouri Petroleum Association, Associated General Contractors, the Missouri Trucking Association, Saint Louis Building Trades, and the Missouri Council of Engineering Companies. What do all these particular groups have in common? These groups represent those who profit from highway construction profits. Many of them representing big corporations advocating to raise your taxes to increase their bank accounts.

Of course, many chambers of commerce testified. No doubt many of their members also belong to the associations listed above. A group of companies paying many groups to lobby for a tax increase to make it appear there is overwhelming support.

During the entire hearing, there was one witness who could claim to be an individual testifying of their volition and not for an association. However, that individual was from Kansas, works for an engineering/construction company, and was the past president of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers.

Was the Missouri Alliance for Freedom the only group to oppose the tax increase? Absolutely. We’re proud to stand between your wallet and government. We will continue to do so regardless of the opposition.

If you agree a new tax increase is wrong for the State of Missouri, we currently have petition opposing this tax and would appreciate your support.

Standing Alone Against Higher Taxes

SB 623, a bill designed to take advantage of lower gas prices to raise your taxes, was perfected in the Missouri Senate last week.

During the Thursday press conference Senator Libla, sponsor of SB 623, mentioned the Missouri Alliance for Freedom was the ONLY group to oppose it.

The quote from the Fulton Sun:
“They were the only ones who opposed the bill in committee, when we had 30 other groups — all kinds of groups from all over the state — support the bill in the committee,” Libla said at a Thursday news conference.

Missouri Alliance for Freedom was the only witness to testify against this bill.

Replacing Your Vote for President

If you voted for Barack Obama during the last two presidential elections, you wouldn’t mind the legislation some high dollar lobbyists are pushing, and several legislators are supporting.

If, however, you did not, and most Missourians didn’t, you may want to pay attention.

There is a quiet but growing movement for Missouri to join the National Popular Vote (NPV). NPV is an interstate compact states like New York and California have joined, allocating their presidential electors to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote. Among other celebrities former Vice-President Al Gore supports the National Popular Vote.

Tired of Potholes, Take the Bike Trail

Ameren is donating 144 miles of the Rock Island railroad corridor to the State of Missouri, specifically the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

DNR plans to turn the 144-mile corridor into a bike trail, similar to the Katy Trail.

My guess is some of our supporters would argue government’s job is not building bike trails. Though I’ve enjoyed a few walks along the Katy Trail with my wife, I would likely agree.

DNR is going to build out a 47.5-mile section of the Rock Island Trail to start. The first 47.5 miles will cost the state $15.5 million. If you were wondering, that is $326,315.79 per mile.

Hunting Season on Freedom Opens

Though antlerless deer season may close this weekend, hunting season on your freedom opened this past Tuesday with strong numbers.

December 1st is when legislators may start filing bills for the upcoming session, and they didn’t let us down this year.

In the three days since prefiling began, 509 bills have been filed in the General Assembly, 247 more bills than filed in the same period in 2014.

Granted, some of these bills are needed to protect our freedom and liberty, to shrink government, and promote a free economy. However, before having a chance to review all 509 bills, we’ll safely assume the vast majority of these bills increase the size and scope of government and the control it has in our lives.

Legislators Looking to Limit Free Speech

Some legislators are unhappy.

Missouri Alliance for Freedom released its second annual scorecard this year.

We track a large number of bills each year – supporting those that increase freedom and opposing those that reduce it.

At the end of the session we review the legislation, covering a gamut of conservative issues, and score legislators’ votes on them.

There is no “gotcha”. We regularly update members, via email and social media, with our position on moving legislation. There are no surprises, and each legislator knows where they stand as session advances.

Is Expanding Medicaid The Christian Thing To Do?

It started from the left – this idea that Medicaid expansion is noble and Christian. The idea originates from those supporting the murder of unborn children and limiting Christians in the practice of their faith.

We see it each year when progressives bus in their union cohorts in support of Medicaid expansion. They walk through the capitol halls screaming their chants and waving their signs. Calling on Christian legislators to “do the right thing and expand Medicaid”.

Now we’ve begun to hear it from those saying they belong to the right. They’ve raised the progressive banner, the unfaithful calling out the faithful as hypocrites.

Is expanding Medicaid the Christian thing to do?

The premise is Medicaid helps the poor, which is a mandate to Christians in the Bible.

There are many verses related to giving and helping the poor.

2 Corinthians 9:7 – Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

Deuteronomy 15:7-11 – If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother.

So yes, the Bible does teach Christians to give to the poor. But is there another theme found in these verses?

Yes, the heart.

Being charitable, generous or kindly, is as much a mandate to be right with the Lord and our fellow man, in our heart, as it is a mandate to help care for them. It is not only the action the Lord takes interest in but our attitude while we’re doing it.

Matthew 6:1-4 shows us this when it says, “Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.” The Lord doesn’t want you to give so you may receive credit for doing so but to give because you love others and, most importantly, love Him.

Is this what Medicaid expansion accomplishes?

Not even close.

Is Farming Missouri’s Most Important Industry?

The agriculture tour season has ended. Senator Claire McCaskill finished up her statewide tour in early September. Members of the Missouri legislature took their own tour at the end of September. Much good can come from these tours if those taking them listened.

Instead of “good” we are likely to see more cronyism.

Farming is important.

But in an editorial to the Nevada Daily Mail, Senator McCaskill says more. McCaskill called agriculture the MOST important industry in our state.

I understand the premise. Farmers grow our food and we need food to live.

Is that the only thing we need to live? Well, I suppose that depends on who you ask.