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|Lieutenant Governor of Missouri|
|Master's||William Woods University|
|J.D.||Harvard Law School|
|Place of birth||Cleveland, OH|
Haas was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from Yale University, William Woods University and Harvard Law School. He worked in community organizing as a Vista Volunteer from 1968-1970 and has 20 years experience practicing corporate law. He is currently an adjunct Professor of Law, Ethics and Business at Harris Stowe State University and is serving on the St. Louis School Board. He served previously on the board from 1997-2005; his current term began in 2010.
- BA, English, Yale University
- MBA, William Woods University
- JD, Harvard Law School
|Missouri Lieutenant Governor Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Bill (William) Haas||12%||35,044|
|Jackie Townes McGee||5.3%||15,493|
|Becky Lee Plattner||3.8%||11,080|
|Election Results Via: Missouri Secretary of State|
In a candidate questionnaire submitted to The Southeast Missourian, Haas answered the following questions:
- What can the lieutenant governor do to attract more jobs and economic development to Missouri?
- A: "A well-educated workforce is the key to developing and attracting new jobs. We do this with making available more money for college, more technical training, partnering the business community with our 8th graders, more parental involvement, emphasizing reading in early grades (zero tolerance of any child not readying at grade level by 3d grade), and more early childhood education."
- The current lieutenant governor has made clear his personal opposition to health care reform. What do you think of the law?
- A: "I like it. I'm an advocate of single-payer, i.e., Medicare for all. We all like our Medicare, and we need it for all. It's also the most economical way to reign in health-care costs. Only pharmaceutical and insurance companies wont like it, and I can live with that. As for the current law, the Supreme Court will decide."
- How can the lieutenant governor best serve the state of Missouri?
- A: By emphasizing the following issues:
- caring for our seniors without bankrupting our children
- caring for our veterans, unemployed, disabled and homeless especially
- freezing property taxes for seniors
- a constitutional amendment to ban corporate political contributions and limit individual ones; Missouri should be first state to call for such a Constitutional Convention
- stopping the abuse and torture of animals on factory farms, without hurting family farms
- no monies for companies like Walmart.
- Closing Remarks:
- "The Lieutenant Governor doesn't legislate. Most of my above issues should be bi-partisan. Who doesn't want good care for their parents, or our veterans, for example? But the legislature, especially the Republicans are bought and paid for by corporate lobbyists and don't well represent the people. So if the legislature wont work with me on these issues, I will take my case to the people by initiative petitions to establish new statutes or constitutional amendments."
On his campaign website, Haas outlines the following key issues:
- The Welfare and Care of Our Seniors - Our aging population and how we care for them is the most important domestic issue of our generation. We need to find ways to care for them in their senior years without bankrupting themselves and their families. I'm the only candidate in the race who is a senior, and I've already lost both my parents, so I'm familiar with some of the issues first-hand. Senior welfare and benefits is also one of the statutory responsibilities of the Lieutenant Governor's Office. One of my ideas that I've had for years is to require all senior-care facilities to have at least one resident/patient advocate in the facility reporting directly to the state, not to the facility.
- Veteran Rights and Benefits, especially homeless and unemployed veterans.
- Ending Corporate Contributions in Politics by being the first state to call for a constitutional convention of the states to amend the federal constitution to prohibit corporate contributions (thus, overruling the stupid Citizens United case) and limiting individual contributions. Utilizing the Occupy movement nationally to help convince 2/3 of the states necessary to call such a constitutional convention could be effective. This summer I initiated such a Resolution for a constitutional convention at the St. Louis Occupy organization.
- Less Taxes For Seniors and the Middle-Class For example by freezing property taxes for seniors and others on fixed incomes for as long as they live in their residences. Florida freezes property taxes for anyone living in their primary residence.
- Education One idea I've long had is to require corporations (those with more than 50 employees) to let their employees employees (sic) off from work three hours a month with pay if they visit their kids in school, and others to tutor other people's children if they wish, in return for a tax-credit or deduction. It would be an investment in our community's future, and good for the kids, their parents, the families, and the schools. And everyone agrees that a more educated work-force is the key to job development in the state.
- Prohibiting the Use of Public Monies like TIFs from being used by an jurisdiction to steal a business, like a Walmart, from one location to another. Taxpayers lose, businesses who don't need the money win by playing blackmail, and that's wrong.
- Protecting The Environment, Land, Water and Food, and particularly by Ending Animal Abuse on Factory Farms by prohibiting the exemption of farm animals from animal cruelty statutes.
- More money for college tuition.
He adds: "How will I do these things even though the Lieutenant Governor doesn't have any direct legislation power? I will try to work with the Missouri legislature to bring about the goals set forth above. But I believe the Republican controlled legislature is more responsive to corporate lobbyists than to the people, and doesn't represent very well what people want. So if it won't work with me on those issues, I will attempt to overrule the legislature by circulating citizen initiative petitions for statutes or constitutional amendments to bring about the goals set forth above. And I believe that when the legislature sees progress on the initiative petitions, they will be willing to meet us half-way to implement them. Moreover, most of those issues are non-ideological and should cut across party lines, so that should help me gather support for them."
Haas is not married. He has one adult son.
- Missouri Secretary of State, "Election night reporting: Unofficial election results," accessed August 8, 2012
- Haas' official campaign website, "Bio," accessed June 29, 2012
- Southeast Missourian, "Candidate questionnaire: Bill Haas," June 15, 2012
- Haas' official campaign website, "My key issues," accessed June 29, 2012