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A bad day for Missouri

Submitted by JW on Sat, 09/17/2016 - 15:25

The amendment to the Clean Water Commission changed the requirements of the membership makeup of the Commission. Instead of a minimum of 4 members of the public and a maximum of 2 industry representatives being on the commission, the new law allows there to be 0 members of the public and no less than 2 industry reps. That means those polluting industries will be the ones making the laws for their own businesses. This change hurts the public interest, but it helps the lobbyist-backed industries who donate to the lawmakers, and so it passed.

The change to allow any farm disaster payments to be tax free opens the door to abuse and moral hazard, as it incentivizes farmers to take an insurance payment rather than incur taxes by selling their products. It also creates an immediate $50 million hole in the budget as the legislature made the change retroactive to 2014. Once again, the GOP spent $50 million without bothering to budget for it in order to give a handout to special interests. What happened to fiscal responsibility?