How to bring more money to Columbia: local lawmakers weigh-in

2 years 2 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, January 04 2018 Jan 4, 2018 Thursday, January 04, 2018 6:44:00 PM CST January 04, 2018 in Top Stories

COLUMBIA - Local legislators spent the second day of the 2018 Missouri Legislative Session in Columbia to discuss ways of bringing more economic success to the city.

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce hosted the legislative reception at the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri on Thursday. The chamber said the session has become somewhat of a tradition.

"The chamber's priorities are always good priorities. They're common sense, they're not really partisan in nature, and they're things that really impact this community," Sen. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, said. "Things that have been ongoing issues in the community: transportation and infrastructure, job creation, the opioid epidemic are all things that reach across party lines."

Several lawmakers spoke about their plans for the new legislative session:

  • Senator Caleb Rowden (R - District 19)
  • Representative Kip Kendrick (D - 45th District)
  • Representative Martha Stevens (D - 46th District)
  • Representative Chuck Basye (R - 47th District)
  • Representative Cheri Toalson Reisch (R - 44th District)
  • Representative Sara Walsh (R - 50th District)

"I get complaints about bridges a lot. A good example is the overpass on Rocheport on I-70," Rep. Chuck Basye, R-Rocheport, said. "When I first got on the legislature, a MoDOT [Missouri Department of Transportation] engineer took me on a ride and you can see rebar and stuff hanging out."

"It changed my opinion - I've always been an advocate for no more taxes and all that, but I've got to say that I've changed my opinion on that. We should send a good proposal for the people to decide and let Missourians vote on that," he said.

Legislators also listened as representatives from the city's chamber of commerce said there are six priorities heading into the new legislative session:

  1. More funding for the University of Missouri
  2. Improve the city's transportation system, like rebuilding roads
  3. Expand training for the MU Research Reactor (MURR)
  4. Continue building and completing the Columbia Regional Airport Terminal Project
  5. Support legislation in favor of the Streamlined Sales Tax Project (SSTP)
  6. Start an official, statewide prescription drug monitoring program

"There's no better way to understand the needs of the community, the passions of the community then to be out talking to those folks. We get a lot of emails and things that say, 'Hey, we're in favor of this or this.' But I think talking to them, looking at them eye-to-eye, face-to-face and seeing why is really important," Rowden said.

Columbia Chamber of Commerce President Matt McCormick said this was the first time the session was held at the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - On March 1, daily life in Columbia looked a lot different than it does today. People were... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 4:00:00 AM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
TROY (AP) — An eastern Missouri sheriff's department has reached a $2 million settlement with a man who spent more... More >>
12 hours ago Monday, March 30 2020 Mar 30, 2020 Monday, March 30, 2020 8:23:00 PM CDT March 30, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- Governor Parson said during his daily press briefing on Monday that it could be 60 to 90 days... More >>
13 hours ago Monday, March 30 2020 Mar 30, 2020 Monday, March 30, 2020 7:05:00 PM CDT March 30, 2020 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA— MU students will have from May 18 to June 5 to decide whether to report their grades as letter... More >>
16 hours ago Monday, March 30 2020 Mar 30, 2020 Monday, March 30, 2020 3:50:00 PM CDT March 30, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Six restaurant owners gathered together to provide "scrappy meals" for those in need due to COVID-19 on Monday... More >>
17 hours ago Monday, March 30 2020 Mar 30, 2020 Monday, March 30, 2020 3:35:00 PM CDT March 30, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The owner of downtown Columbia’s Broadway Diner said he’s been able to provided more than 300 meals in... More >>
17 hours ago Monday, March 30 2020 Mar 30, 2020 Monday, March 30, 2020 3:32:00 PM CDT March 30, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. KOMU 8 News... More >>
18 hours ago Monday, March 30 2020 Mar 30, 2020 Monday, March 30, 2020 2:38:00 PM CDT March 30, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The stay-at-home order in Boone County isn't even a week old, but the city of Columbia says they've... More >>
18 hours ago Monday, March 30 2020 Mar 30, 2020 Monday, March 30, 2020 2:18:00 PM CDT March 30, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Amid concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, Missouri's Supreme Court is allowing for leniency in sentencing. The... More >>
18 hours ago Monday, March 30 2020 Mar 30, 2020 Monday, March 30, 2020 2:10:00 PM CDT March 30, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — As state and commercial testing is more available for the Missourians, the number of confirmed cases is rising.... More >>
18 hours ago Monday, March 30 2020 Mar 30, 2020 Monday, March 30, 2020 2:00:00 PM CDT March 30, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - School administrators said the earlier issues with Schoology have been resolved. The online platform teachers and students... More >>
21 hours ago Monday, March 30 2020 Mar 30, 2020 Monday, March 30, 2020 11:09:00 AM CDT March 30, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Schools have announced a grab-and-go meal delivery service for students in need, as schools remain closed... More >>
1 day ago Monday, March 30 2020 Mar 30, 2020 Monday, March 30, 2020 5:15:00 AM CDT March 30, 2020 in Top Stories
BOONVILLE - A land, water and air search was underway for a man who jumped over the side of a... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, March 29 2020 Mar 29, 2020 Sunday, March 29, 2020 6:24:00 PM CDT March 29, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- President Donald Trump said Sunday he would extend his "slow the spread" social distancing guidelines to April 30... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, March 29 2020 Mar 29, 2020 Sunday, March 29, 2020 5:37:00 PM CDT March 29, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - 19 people in Boone County have recovered from COVID-19, according to the Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, March 29 2020 Mar 29, 2020 Sunday, March 29, 2020 2:46:00 PM CDT March 29, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - More surgical masks, gloves, gowns, face shields and other equipment is being sent to healthcare facilities around... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, March 29 2020 Mar 29, 2020 Sunday, March 29, 2020 2:00:00 PM CDT March 29, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA— Columbia chefs are donating food and resources to provide "Scrappy Meals" for those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, March 29 2020 Mar 29, 2020 Sunday, March 29, 2020 1:38:00 PM CDT March 29, 2020 in News
NEW YORK (AP) — New York state's coronavirus death toll is nearing 1,000. The state accounts for more than... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, March 29 2020 Mar 29, 2020 Sunday, March 29, 2020 1:18:07 PM CDT March 29, 2020 in Continuous News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 48°
9am 49°
10am 53°
11am 56°
12pm 58°