A few thoughts on the Missouri General Assembly.
It was a legislative session of compromise — not gridlock, not revolution.
The St. Louis region’s often warring representatives — business and political — reached enough agreement on key issues that St. Louis was more of a force than usual in Jefferson City this session, gaining critical funding for both Lambert and Metro that seemed unlikely only a month ago. With more practice — and with stronger alliances with Kansas City’s interests — we could do even better.
Passage of a useful economic development bill was finally possible because of agreements reached between rural and urban legislators that seemed to show a growing (grudging?) understanding of St. Louis’s important contribution to the state’s economy.
Brad Lager and Jeff Smith are young senators with very different world views. Yet, they hammered out a fair agreement on historic tax credits, based on a hardwon respect for their differences.
I credit many of the accomplishments of this session to the leadership of House Speaker Ron Richard. He deserves our thanks.