Breakfast brings Jeff City to town
Members of the Cassville Chamber of Commerce gathered for Eggs and Issues Breakfast on the morning of July 30. The event, held at Mercy Hospital, was hosted and sponsored by CenturyLink.
The event offers chamber members the chance to hear what State Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick and State Sen. David Sater have been working on this last term while being treated to breakfast.
After a brief introduction from Chamber President Dusty Reid, Douglas Gallo- way, director of governmental affairs southern region for CenturyLink, spoke to the audience about the future of the company and some the items it's working on.
According to Galloway, their customer base has flip-flopped from what had been in previous years. Traditionally, 60 percent of its clientele had been resident usage with 40 percent business. Those numbers are now flipped as a result of changing markets. Additionally, Galloway said the company is looking forward to receiving additional funding from the FCC to help bring broadband to rural areas.
Following Galloway's presentation State Sen. David Sater spoke to the chamber members about some of the work he is doing in Jefferson City. Sater explained that the budget up $400 million bringing it around $24 billion. Sater attributes the budget increase to increased revenues.
"We are almost back to 2008 levels in general revenues," Sater said.
Sater also discussed the creation of the Reform and Transformation committee, which will be looking at how to improve Medicaid. Jokingly, Sater mentioned that Governor Jay Nixon may have set a record with his 29 vetoes this last term.
State Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick also provided news from the capitol following Sater.
Fitzpatrick spoke at length concerning HB 253. The house bill is a half percent income tax cut that would be implemented over the next 10 years. According to Sater this bill is why the Governor is withholding some funding because he fears a possible issue based on what Sater calls "liberal and far reaching" numbers.
House bill 436 was also mentioned by Fitzpatrick. The bill would establish the Second Amendment Preservation Act, which would negate all federal infringement on the second amendment in the state of Missouri. Fitzpatrick explained the bill has some wording that some viewed as controversial revolving around the publication of gun owner's information.
Following their presentations, Sater and Fitzpatrick heard questions from those present.
Robert Precoda asked Fitzpatrick about owning his own business and his view on business incubators. Fitzpatrick said the only argument that could be made is that Cassville is too small for such an endeavor.