Advocates Want More for Kids

1 decade 7 months 3 weeks ago January 31, 2006 Jan 31, 2006 Tuesday, January 31 2006 Tuesday, January 31, 2006 6:59:32 PM CST in News

They asked lawmakers to consider both sides of issues when deciding the state's future.

Supporters outside the building had signs that read, "We care about kids, yes we do! We care about kids, they need you! Put kids first! Put kids first!"

Wendy Witcig of Triality said, "I think it's important to come and gather and educate our legislators about what's touching kids in our area."

About 800 people and 25 groups wanted to find out more about legislative issues such as education and health care.

"There are bills that are widespread in relationship to children and family issues," said Kathy Thornburg of MU's Center for Family Policy and Research.

"When a parent doesn't have health care or can't pay the premium for that child, that child suffers," added Rep. Margaret Donnelly of St. Louis County.

Gov. Blunt said more money is on the way.

"For the first time in years, we have a small surplus we can invest in Missouri's future," he said.

One group collected 300 dolls from across the state, one for each state legislator, to remind them kids need. A Raggedy Andy doll will be given to Gov. Blunt on Wednesday to remind him to think of children when signing or vetoing bills.

Children's supporters said at least a dozen bills affecting Missouri kids will go through the legislature this session.

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