COLUMBIA — State Rep. John Wright wants to change an inappropriate culture of entitlement he said is pervading the Missouri state Capitol.
Wright, D-Rocheport, hosted a town hall meeting Wednesday evening at the Columbia Public Library where he shared his recent findings on lobbyist gift practices in the Missouri legislature. The vice chair of the House Ethics Committee also discussed what he called Missouri's exceptionally lax campaign finance laws and shared suggestions for solutions to these issues that he said are endangering our democratic system.
State Rep. John Wright, D-Rocheport, will host a town hall meeting Wednesday evening to discuss ethics rules that allow unlimited gifts to state lawmakers and place no limits on campaign contributions.
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Friends Room of the Columbia Public Library, 100 W. Broadway.
Area superintendents are applauding Gov. Jay Nixon’s signing this week of a bill that would include state funding for early childhood education programs in schools.
However, it will be a few years before the money is available.
“It’s monumental,” said Peter Stiepleman, superintendent for Columbia Public Schools.
JEFFERSON CITY — A bill allowing state funding to school districts that provide pre-kindergarten education passed with strong majorities in both legislative chambers despite the concerns of some conservatives that it gives “government schools” more power over young minds.