[NFBMO] Need for governmental affairs action

Roger Crome r_crome1 at msn.com
Mon Jun 28 16:00:47 UTC 2021

Hi Carolyn 

Fair points in regard to the state legislature in response to any federal legislation.  The FRA is not a federal bill.  It is a Missouri solution to draw down federal dollars by taxing hospitals in the state.  The irony is that this tax is one that the hospitals deem as necessary because it brings them considerably more revenue.  This money draws funds down from the federal government which is used in the general revenue.  So, passing this is a Win Win all the way around.  If they do not pass the FRA by Wednesday, the Governor will have no choice but to withhold significant funds to many departments like DSS, DESE DMH and many more.  The state legislature passed a budget that included the funds drawn down by the FRA but did not pass the piece of legislation that helps fund that budget.  Missouri has a balanced budget amendment which means that, at no time, can there be more money allocated than revenue projected.  So, they are forcing major cuts as a ploy to get politically motivated language attached rather than doing what is right for the state.

We need to act now.


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> On Jun 26, 2021, at 2:15 PM, McGhee, Carolyn S via NFBMO <nfbmo at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Missouri reps, especially in SWMO, have decided they can ignore any federal law that they want. If they pass something that violates requirements of federal funding, for example, allowing anyone to take loaded guns on public transit even if there is a federal law saying you can’t do that. This attitude is damaging to citizens and we can’t be sure that getting something like the ATAA passed will have any impact on us. It may seem repetitive but I feel like we have to double up and hit our concerns at both state and federal level if we want Missouri reps to respect the law and implement it.
> Carolyn McGhee
>> On Jun 26, 2021, at 13:17, Gary Wunder via NFBMO <nfbmo at nfbnet.org> wrote:
>>  The most pressing issue for us at this time is that the state legislature
>> has still not passed the Federal Reimbursement Act. Without the FRA, our state will be missing out on crucial funds for the budget funded by federal money. The Governor has stated that, if the FRA is not passed by June 30th, there will be severe cuts in many departments across the state. We need to encourage the legislature to stop playing politics and pass a clean version of the FRA. _______________________________________________
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