Joplin's Charter Review Commission to debate proposals Joplin Globe: Commission Chairman Ron Richard, a state senator, said he will participate by telephone because he is in Jefferson City, where Gov. Jay Nixon has called a special session of the Legislature seeking approval of a proposed $150 million package of incentives in a bid to land production of a Boeing aircraft in Missouri.
Our View: Let's Land Jobs Joplin Globe Editorial: Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, told the Globe that almost every county in the state has a company that supplies Boeing. That includes Leggett & Platt and LaBarge in the Joplin area. “So you’re talking about thousands of jobs in St. Louis (where the commercial plane would likely be produced) and thousands more down the supply chain, for another 10 or 15 years,” he said. “It would also be a boon to the colleges, especially two-year colleges, that would be training the workers.”
Local legislation delegation welcomes Nixon call for Boeing-pursuit session Joplin Globe: “Usually when there’s a large economic development opportunity, things come together sometimes after people understand what the package is,” he said. As far as the proposal, Richard said the package, as he understands it, only expands current programs and does not anticipate any strong uprising from Republican members against the proposal.
Nixon stumps for Boeing Plant in St. Louis St. Louis Post Dispatch: Republican state Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard subsequently said he supports special tax incentives to try to land the plant. Nixon has yet to offer a specific proposal. A new plant would likely mean thousands of new jobs. Boeing says it expects to choose a location by early 2014.
Local Senate leader supporting push for Boeing Joplin Globe: “The massive amount of jobs and infrastructure improvement is going to require something that is above and beyond what the normal incentive is,” Richard said, adding that it would be a “no-brainer” for the state to provide tax incentives for the project.
Missouri Senate leader backs Boeing incentivesSt, Louis Post Dispatch: "The massive amount of jobs and infrastructure improvement is going to require something that is above and beyond what the normal incentive is," said Richard, R-Joplin.
Senate leader wants tort reform with Medicaid legislationMissourinet: Richard tells Missourinet, “I don’t think there’s a lot of support for Medicaid expansion. At least, there’s nobody in the Senate calling me that we want to expand Medicaid. All I’m hearing is that if we get Medicaid expansion from the House they’re going to slow it down.” Richard continues, “I don’t know if there’s room for a compromise on this or not. All I’m saying … if there is a compromise I would like to see tort reform be a part of it.”
Susan Redden: Long, Schaefer address area RepublicansJoplin Globe: Richard opened his remarks by paying tribute to Gib Garrow, Neosho economic development director, who died last week. Richard said he relied on advice from Garrow when he headed up economic development committees in the House of Representatives.
MO Senate Leader released new gun legislation St. Louis Post Dispatch: Richard said he posted the revised plan on his website Thursday so that people can review it and recommend any changes before pre-filing of bills for the 2014 session begins in December. The gun legislation "will be the first bill Tom is going to send to committee, and it will be the first bill that we do on the floor and we'll stay on it until we get it done," Richard said.
Second Amendment Preservation Act Ron Richard: Please follow the link above, to find a preliminary draft of the Second Amendment Preservation Act legislation. I would appreciate your comments/input regarding this proposal.
Susan Redden: Lawmakers get high marks from chamber Joplin Globe: State Sen. Ron Richard, of Joplin, and state Rep. Bill Lant, of Pineville, got perfect scores from the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry while the other members of the local legislative delegation scored high in a ranking of “business-friendly” votes by state lawmakers in the recent session of the Missouri General Assembly.
Charter Commission to hear public comments Joplin Globe: Chairman Ron Richard said the purpose of the hearing is to gather public input on the questions. “The first meeting will be talking about the questions about the mayor, but we also will accept testimony on those other six or seven points” regarding council elections and city administration, Richard said.
Missouri Gun Control Bill Top Priority for 2014 KSN/KODE-TV: "That'll be one of the first things we get up in January and get passed. We want to do it early in case the governor decides to veto this and we'll go ahead and override it early on," said Senator Ron Richard, Missouri District 32.