Given highest grade in Joplin area on Americans for Prosperity's Economic Prosperity Report Card for 2013 legislative session.
Bill is working hard to improve the business climate in Missouri. During this recession, Missourians and the State of Missouri are hurting. State revenues are down about 14%, but increasing taxes is not the answer to cover the reduction. We have to create an environment in our state where new businesses will come to Missouri and existing Missouri businesses can expand, create new jobs, enter new markets and start new product lines.
Bill will fight to free business from excessive government bureaucracy. We pay for it twice, once in taxes to employ the bureaucrats, and again to cover the costs our businesses have to pay to comply with the bureaucratic mandates. But being for business does not mean being against employees. Bill will fight for a policy that actually creates jobs in Missouri, especially those kinds of jobs that offer benefits to employees and their families, and opportunities for advancement.
Bill is pro-life and pro-family. Bill and Ellen have four children ranging from 23 to 10 years of age. They were adoptive foster parents and adopted two of their children via the Newton County Division of Family Services.
Second Amendment Rights
Bill will defend our 2nd Amendment rights. He served in the US Marines for four years and is a gun owner. He has been a shooting sports director in the Boy Scouts training staff and boys in the safe and proper handling of firearms and archery equipment. He firmly believes that the right to own and bear arms carries with it a tremendous obligation to do so responsibly.
Bill supports the "castle doctrine" that you have a right to defend your family and home.
Currently our hospitals, doctors, dentists, nurses, technicians, and all the others involved in healthcare provide a quality of care right here in Joplin, Missouri that the rest of the world envies. Bill will fight for legislation that maintains this high level of quality healthcare that we have here in southwestern Missouri. With the federal plans now being forced through congress by the Democrats, this will be extremely challenging. We don't want that care to be diminished, rationed , nationalized, controlled by the federal government, or driven out of Joplin to be available only in large urban areas.
Bill will work to expand access to this high quality healthcare. We need to provide incentives to business to have new and existing jobs with access to healthcare benefits. For businesses where it is not economically viable to offer employees health benefits, for family and individually owned businesses, and for any other employees without benefits we need to find options to allow them to have access to insurance coverage.
Bill understands that Missouri's senior citizens are more vulnerable than most to economic hard times and government insensitivity. He will defend the dignity and quality of life that our senior citizens worked so long and hard to have when they retire. He will fight government actions, or in some cases inactions that "squeeze" the quality of life from our senior citizens. Taxes should not drive people out of their homes or reduce the basic necessities that they can afford. Programs such as "Meals on Wheels" that combine government resources and local volunteers and help to maintain senior's independence and quality of life need to be encouraged and funded.
Energy in Missouri
Bill believes we need to be energy independent from foreign resources. In Missouri, we need to develop a reasonable energy policy that includes such domestic options as clean coal, nuclear power, efficient alternative fuels, and, where realistic and cost effective, alternative energies. I support policies that would seek balanced, viable energy options built here in Missouri, using Missouri companies and Missouri workers, creating new Missouri jobs, and contributing to Missouri's overall economy in as many ways as possible. Bill favors expanding Missouri's tax base instead of forcing Missouri utilities to invest outside of Missouri or in higher priced, less effective, technologies to meet bureaucratically set requirements.