Missouri Century Foundation Applauds House and Senate Leadership on Successful 2018 Session
Richardson, Richard, Haahr, Vescovo, and Kehoe Recognized as Foundation’s 2018 Legislators of the Year
ST. LOUIS, MO – The Missouri Century Foundation today honored Speaker Todd Richardson, Sen. Ron Richard, Rep. Elijah Haahr, Rep. Rob Vescovo, and Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe with the foundation’s Missouri Centurion Award.
“Under the leadership and steady hand of legislative leaders like Speaker Richardson, Sen. Richard, Rep. Haahr, Rep. Vescovo, and Lt. Gov. Kehoe the Missouri legislature delivered long overdue reforms in a historic legislative session. We are honored to name these five Missouri leaders as our 2018 Legislators of the Year,” said Gregg Keller, chairman of Missouri Century Foundation.
The Missouri Centurion Award honors a legislator or legislators who have proven their commitment to advancing free market, forward-looking policies that help ensure the long-term health of Missouri’s economy for all Missourians and for generations to come. This is the first year the foundation has given the award to more than one legislator due the unprecedented accomplishments of the 2018 legislative session. Past recipients of the award include Sen. Bob Onder in 2015, Rep. John Wiemann in 2016, and Rep. Holly Rehder in 2017.
Under the leadership and guidance of House and Senate leadership the legislature delivered on numerous important public policy reforms this year. The 2018 session is one the most successful sessions in recent memory passing public sector labor reforms, delivering school choice to Missouri students and individual and corporate tax reform.
The legislature advanced significant public sector labor reform with the passage of HB 1413. This legislation makes needed reforms to government unions, requires government unions to hold regular recertification elections, provide important financial reports and establish clear term limits for labor agreements.
State government’s goal should be to ensure a business climate that creates opportunities for Missouri to be competitive nationally, and even globally. The tax reform measures passed by the legislature, SB 884 and HB 2540, provides for meaningful tax relief in a fiscally responsible manner.
The House and Senate leadership also passed important education reform legislation SB 603 establishing a course access program for Missouri students. The initiative will allow Missouri students to take online courses as part of their regular course load, with tuition paid for by the school district. Students in rural areas and those in smaller districts will have the opportunity to take advanced or AP courses that may not be offered at their current school.
The Missouri Century Foundation advocates for strong free market principles to build a strong foundation to improve the livelihoods of Missourians, while holding state leaders accountable for their actions. The foundation is focused on protecting Missourians’ First Amendment rights to assemble and associate, greater transparency at Missouri’s public colleges and universities, reforming government unions for workers, and protecting taxpayers and workers from a brewing pension crisis.