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|Missouri House of Representatives, District 28|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
- This article is about the 2014 Democratic candidate. For the 2012 Republican candidate, see Ryan B. Meyer.
Meyer's website highlights the following campaign themes:
In Missouri, we have a tax system that takes most of the heavy lifting off of the rich, and instead, places it on the middle class and working poor. Many Republicans in the House are trying to do away with the income tax on our most affluent friends and replace it with a massive sales and property tax hike for the rest of us. I disagree with this, and I am already fighting not only to stop the march towards this terrible idea but also to move towards a fairer share of the tax burden that will make life just a little bit less stressful for our working families.
Labor and Unions
I am an avid and die-hard supporter of labor. Labor has a rich history in our community and our country shaping a better life for everyone, not just the workers paying dues. From the 40 hour work week, overtime, weekends and an end to forced child labor in our country, many of the privileges we sometimes take for granted were fought and won by organized labor. I have family all over the labor spectrum. Aunts, uncles and cousins in every direction who are printers, pipefitters, teamsters, machinists and the list goes on. I am union blood. And, if there is anything I fight for, it is family.
I am against, what corporations call paycheck fairness and we call paycheck deception. What they want through this legislation is to defund the unions' ability to fight back against corruption and attacks on working peoples' rights.
I am against what they call Right to Work and what I call Freeloader's Law. In my office, anyone who uses the term Right to Work has to put a quarter in a jar because it is past the time when we should have stopped using the terms that they think sound good. It is high time that we call things as they are. The Freeloader Laws are just another attempt to take money from the unions so they cannot protect their members.
In today's political dialogue, teachers take on the brunt of criticism when it comes to the short fallings of our education system. Let me start by saying that teachers are not the problem with our schools. Great teachers are the solution to the problems in our schools.
May I first say, my mom is a woman? I know it seems a little bit obvious, but it is lost on many of our state leaders. I have a sister. I have grandmas. I have aunts and a whole troop of women particularly important to me. For these reasons as well as reasons of dignity and respect, I am pro-woman.
The laws that have been proposed in our state regarding access to health care and equality in the workplace have been deplorable in their attempts to degrade and undermine the status of women in our state. I am not going to give space on my website to the hate that these proposed laws seek to instill. I am against them.
If there is a particular question you may have over a proposed statute or any other issue regarding our sisters, feel free to email or call me. I am willing to speak on the record on any such issue that might affect my mom or sister or your mom or sister.
I come from a traditional background. I believe in affording our seniors the respect and dignity they deserve after building the community we now share.
Recent proposals by Republican lawmakers in Jefferson City have included provisions that would remove the Circuit Breaker. This is a special part of Missouri's tax code that exempts many seniors from property taxes as they are on fixed incomes and these taxes could force them into poverty or worsen the poverty they already suffer. I support maintaining our state's Circuit Breaker. Seniors have enough to worry without their taxes going through the roof.
The same tax bills that have been offered in the legislature remove an exemption that prescription drugs enjoy from sales tax. In order to afford the tax cuts for extremely wealthy people, sales tax would be applied to prescription drugs. The vast majority of prescription medications are prescribed to fixed income seniors. This change would not be right and it is not the recipe for economic success that Republican lawmakers purport it to be.
Medicaid expansion is probably the single most important issue facing our seniors in Missouri. Many people think that Medicaid is designed for minorities or the inner city poor. This could not be further from the truth. Medicaid is designed for all of the poor, and as seniors can not work often, many are poor. Over two-thirds of all Medicaid spending is on folks that already have Medicare coverage. The Medicaid expansion would increase coverage beyond Medicare for many of our seniors. I support this wholeheartedly and without reserve.
Voting and Election Integrity
Access to the polls is the only way we can maintain the democracy that we all enjoy and cherish.
There has been attempts to restrict access to the vote by some among us. It is done under the guise of protecting our elections from fraud. The National Republican Lawyers Association conducted a study of voter fraud claims. They found 0 actual cases of voter fraud and advised the party to not pursue the laws they have been proposing because it may lead to the perception that they are designed to suppress the vote. Of course, this did not stop them, and they continue to push for these laws because they are designed to suppress democratic votes.
I stand vehemently against any attempt to stop eligible voters from exercising their rights. In fact, I stand for increasing access to the polls through more polling locations, early voting and no excuse absentee voting.
Medicaid expansion is necessary to reach 100% healthcare coverage for Missouri citizens.
Many people are concerned about these changes because they are called Obamacare and a myriad of other names. The truth is, this is a series of changes that were originally proposed by republicans. They do not solve every problem, but they are certainly a start.
As an experienced healthcare professional, I support the expansion of Medicaid. As a fiscally conservative Democrat, I support the expansion in Medicaid in our state. As we expand Medicaid in Missouri, the federal government will send back the money we have spent in income taxes in order to employ nurses, doctors and support staff at hospitals and clinics. Why should we not have our tax dollars sent back to us to employ our neighbors and support the least among us?
Homeowners and Real Estate
Homeowner rights are one of the most important areas under attack by the current legislature. There have been bills offered that undermine our constitutional right to privacy. Others bills have been introduced to gut the tax credit used to restore historical buildings in our state. In the previous legislature session, Republican lawmakers even tried to eliminate a tax break on retired seniors that helps them cover their homes' property taxes.
I am against the law proposed that would allow local government to search a home if the yard of that homeowner is not "up to code." There is such a thing as the Constitution, although some people have forgotten that.
I am against the proposed gutting of the Missouri Historic Tax Credit. The rationale for this cut is that the tax credit is underused. Of course it is! We are in a recovering real estate market, still aching from the collapse of 2007-2009. We cannot dismantle a tax credit that has been so instrumental in the success of the Kansas City region, as well as the rest of the state, because business does not feel safe yet. This incentive will prove invaluable as local employers, businesses and developers feel a more steady economic climate developing, as has been happening in recent months.
In Missouri, we have a provision in the tax code called the Circuit Breaker. Some Republican lawmakers have tried to remove this in order to finance tax cuts for corporate executives and corporations. This is a provision that allows low-income seniors to have help paying local property taxes when they can't afford them. It only seems right that we as a community help these seniors as many of them have spent decades paying income taxes and property taxes and sales taxes into the community, while paying off their mortgages. How can we expect a fixed income neighbor who cannot work any longer to keep paying "rent" to the government through property taxes long after their careers and paychecks end? I will fight to protect our seniors. Period. That is just the end of it! I know where my line is drawn. Please read more about this issue in my section on seniors.
Tort Reform and Victims Rights
Tort is the name given civil lawsuits in our legal system. When a doctor or lawyer commits malpractice or a corporation sells an unsafe product and an individual or group files suit, this lawsuit is filed under the tort statutes in our law.
Of course, corporations and practitioners would like to see this go. Laws have been introduced that would allow there to be limits to how much or when a person can sue.
I reject the premise of such attempts. If a doctor makes a mistake that costs someone their life or a lawyer makes a mistake that costs someone their house or life's savings, they should not be shielded from civil action. They have insurance for this anyway.
The rationale that is used for these laws is that the malpractice insurance drives up the cost of everything. Many have claimed that malpractice insurance is the leading cause of our sky high medical costs in this country. Remove the need for malpractice insurance, they say, and the costs will go down.
The reality does not support this. Texas passed a law that almost entirely did away with malpractice suits. Their savings? .2%. So, 99.8% of the problem remains. I will fight for the rights of victims. Legislators are not sent to Jeff City to fight for the big guys. They are sent there to fight to defend the small guys.
Elections for the office of Missouri House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on August 5, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 25, 2014. Incumbent Tom McDonald is challenged by Ryan Meyer in the Democratic primary.
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- Meyer for Missouri, "Issues," accessed July 21, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Missouri Secretary of State, "Certified Candidate List - Primary Election," accessed July 24, 2014
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