Senator Bill White’s Capitol Report of October 6, 2022 – Missouri Senate


Senator Bill White’s Capitol Report of October 6, 2022

Additional session results in changes to income tax rate and farm incentives

The Missouri Senate responded to the governor’s call for an additional legislative session this week when my colleagues and I dutifully agreed and ultimately passed a comprehensive farm bill. This proposal extends the investment tax credit for meat processing and other facilities to 2028; establishes incentives for ethanol and biodiesel producers and retailers; and creates several economic opportunities for urban and family farms. Agriculture is one of the main economic engines of our state, so these substantial expansions and new credit incentives will help our hard-working farmers and ranchers as they battle the rising costs of supplies and equipment. .

Last week, the House passed the extra-session income tax cut measure, Senate Bill 3, the other piece of legislation the governor requested during his late August appeal. Starting next year, our state’s top tax rate will be reduced from 5.3% to 4.95%, allowing taxpayers to keep more of their hard-earned money. The legislation includes a tax-responsible plan to eventually reduce income tax rates to 4.5% in coming years, with built-in income threshold triggers to protect our economy from general revenue swings . These two additional legislative proposals were signed into law by the governor on October 5.

National 4-H Week celebrates Opportunities4All

October 2-8 is National 4-H Week in Missouri, and local chapters have launched an “Opportunity4All” campaign to celebrate the organization’s many opportunities for youth development. More than 47,000 Missouri teens enjoyed clearer thinking, broader service, greater loyalty, and better lives through their involvement in 4-H this year.

Missouri Buy Week Begins October 8

The Buy Missouri program, led by the Lieutenant Governor, is an economic development initiative created in 2017 to promote products grown, produced, processed, or manufactured in Missouri. Several local businesses in our community are members of this program, including Carthage commercial lighting manufacturer HE Williams, Joplin’s Watered Gardens Ministries’ Worth Shop, Bekemeier’s Honey House, Marco Group, Indian Springs Brewing Company and Myrtle’s Distilled Spirits, for name only those. some. Be sure to check out these local businesses and more next week and throughout the year!

Support independent living

On October 3, I was honored to be named the Missouri Centers for Independent Living (MOCIL) 2021-2022 Legislative Champion for my advocacy, support, and legislation to uplift people with disabilities and help them live as independently as possible. During the event, Bri Conley praised my chief of staff, Mike Kelley, thanking him for his strong support of their efforts in our community. Protecting the vulnerable has been my mission in the Legislative Assembly since day one, so I am proud and honored to receive this prestigious recognition.

Bri Conley presents a certificate to Senator White for being named the 2021-22 Legislative Champion at the annual MOCIL Awards Banquet in Jefferson City.

Local educator named Regional Teacher of the Year

Each year, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) selects outstanding educators from across the state as Regional Teachers of the Year. Congratulations to our community finalist, Julie Pagán, K-5 special education teacher at Soaring Heights Elementary School in Joplin, for receiving this prestigious honor. She will be honored at the DESE Teacher of the Year Recognition Banquet Oct. 17 in Jefferson City.

Honoring the pillars of our community

Kudos are in order for two pillars of our community, Reverend Dustin Ledford and the Nazarene Church of Carthage. Mr Ledford was named Citizen of the Year 2022 by the Carthage Chamber of Commerce during a Lunch & Laugh event at his church, Carthage Nazarene Church. I was happy to present resolutions to Reverend Ledford to honor his outstanding citizens and the 100th anniversary of his church.

Senator White presents resolutions to Dustin Ledford to recognize his Citizen of the Year award and the church’s anniversary.

Craft fair helps spread Christmas cheer

Join the Central United Methodist Church in Webb City for their annual craft fair on October 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Route 66 Event Center. Proceeds from the fair will help spread holiday cheer in our community and provide Christmas hampers containing food, toys and clothing to deserving families. For more information, leave a message for the event coordinators at 417-437-6390.

Remember, honor and teach

The Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery in Webb City, in conjunction with the national non-profit organization Wreaths Across America, will hold a wreath laying ceremony Dec. 17 at 11:00 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Wall to remember the dead, honor those who serve and teach our children the value of freedom. Please consider volunteering for the event or sponsoring a wreath by the November 28 deadline to adorn a hero’s final resting place during the Christmas season. Their slogan says it all: “We don’t know them all, but we owe them all.”

Check out the downtown Black History and Performing Arts Mural!

In my last report, I mentioned my participation in the unveiling of the Langston Hughes Cultural Society’s new mural honoring the vast achievements of African Americans in Joplin. Below is a photo of the completed masterpiece for those of you who cannot visit the mural in person. Our community is blessed to have this and many other tributes to those who have contributed to our history and shaped our culture.

Plan a fall road trip

Moderate temperatures and changing foliage mean one thing, it’s time to plan a road trip! There are so many historical, natural and artistic sites to explore, right here in the Show-Me State. If you’re looking for ideas, read my column, MO: The Places You Can Go.


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