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Governor's Budget Gets Dismal Reception

Governor thinks cutting our best economic development tool is a good thing
Embattled Governor Eric Greitens remains a man with very few friends in Jefferson City. After several elected leaders have asked him to step aside citing an inability to lead, Greitens released his proposed budget which included crippling cuts to higher education and a promise of even more tax cuts which would continue Missouri down the disastrous path of Kansas.  To the surprise of no one, it was met with immediate criticism from the Democratic leadership and university leaders. A week later, it's getting hard to find ANYONE who is promoting the Greitens budget outside of the Governor's office.
The Kansas City Star released a long article today featuring the most recent struggles of our Governor including a number of quotes from Republican leaders in the legislature.  Read the full article here that discusses the budget, cold reception to the tax plan, and ongoing investigations into Greitens.  Here is an excerpt:

“I’m skeptical about tax cuts when we are cutting higher education and we’re having a conversation about transportation,” (Senate President Pro Temp) Richard said. “We’ve got to be able to provide for that safety net and the things that we’re required to do.”

An income tax cut passed in 2014 that phases in over time will reduce state revenues by nearly $250 million in the next fiscal year, according to state budget director Dan Haug.

“This is a tremendous problem for Missouri moving forward,” said Rep. Kip Kendrick, a Columbia Democrat who serves on the House budget committee.

Kindrick noted that the economy is performing well and unemployment is low, yet the state is still facing a tight budget. A recession, he said, would be “disastrous” for Missouri’s finances.

“My fear is that years from now, Kansas lawmakers will look at us and say, ‘Well, at least we’re not Missouri,’ ” he said, a reference to Kansas legislators voting last year to rescind tax cuts passed in 2012 that had caused massive budget shortfalls in that state.

Greitens is scheduled to be in the KC area on Tuesday (1/30) to discuss his tax cut proposal. Location is US Farathane, 4600 NW 41st St. in Riverside at 4:30pm.

Five Days Ago, We Asked Eric Greitens to Do Something

Since the news of his affair broke earlier this month, Greitens has denied the accusations of blackmail and violence. While he is currently under investigation by St. Louis law enforcement, the Missouri Democratic Party politely gave him an opportunity to go officially on record, under threat of perjury, stating that he did not take photos for the purpose of blackmail, no public resources were used to cover up the affair, and no additional extramarital affairs took place. As of this date, neither Greitens nor his attorney has responded.  View the full document here.

Filing Period for State and County Offices Opens Next Month

Are you wanting to run for office? 2018 is going to be a good year for Democrats!  The following positions are on the ballot this year in Jackson County: all State Representatives, State Senate in the 8th District, US Senate, State Auditor, County Executive, all County Legislators, all County Committeemen and Committeewomen plus local and municipal elections. The filing period opens for these races on February 27th. If you would like to learn more about how to run for office, email the Missouri Democrats at or and we'll get you up to speed.

Big Plans Require Help from Everyone

Jackson County will play a major role in the future of Missouri politics in 2018 and beyond. We have several competitive State House and Senate districts in play this year, voter turnout for Senator Claire McCaskill and Auditor Nicole Galloway will be critical in our area, and we stand to be an example of a pending wave of Democrats reclaiming state-wide offices in 2020. To get there, our staff and committee members have developed bold plans and aggressive campaign strategies, but we need the funds to do it. Please consider making a recurring contribution to the Jackson County Democratic Committee HERE. Our money stays in the area and is always spent wisely with minimal overhead. Every bit counts!


Club Meetings and Events:

  • Missouri Democratic Party Candidate Training: February 3rd, 8:30-4:30pm at Stephens College, 6 North College Avenue, Columbia MO (Lela Raney Wood Hall Auditorium). Sessions will feature training in finance, communication, data and general campaign management. RSVP here:
  • Save the Date: Annual Wiggins Fund Event is scheduled for March 2nd, 5:30-8:00pm. Hosted by Plumbers and Gas Fitters Local 8 at 5950 Manchester Trafficway, KCMO. Special speaker to be announced.
  • Keri Ingle for State Representative 2018 Kickoff: February 6 at Llywelyn's Put in Lee's Summit, 6-8pm. RSVP here:
  • Hillary Shields for State Senate 2018 Kickoff: February 21 at Llywelyn's Pub in Lee's Summit, 6-8pm. RSVP here:
  • Upcoming--voter registration training (will be scheduled for February)
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Northland Progress 
1st Anniversary Event
Thursday, Feb 1st
6:30 p.m.
Armour Loft Event Space
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