Just as it is one of the top priority of Missourians, promoting education and learning in our state has been, and always will be, the number one priority of Missouri Democrats. The success of our children depends on their access to quality schools, and the success of our economy depends on business’ ability to hire well-trained workers. Because Missouri Democrats support our schools, we are committed to providing our teachers with the resources they need to educate our children. This is why Missouri Democrats led the way in recent years to ensure a historic commitment to our children’s schools.
But because we also recognize any new investment requires new accountability, Missouri Democrats have been leaders in the effort to ensure schools are spending our tax dollars wisely and are meeting high standards of student achievement. The funding of quality schools in Missouri will determine the economic future of our state in the 21st Century. There should be no higher priority for our tax dollars, and there is no greater commitment for Missouri Democrats
Without good jobs, Missouri families would be unable to take advantage of all the opportunities life in our state has to offer. As such Missouri Democrats are strong supporters of efforts to bring new, good jobs to our state. We recognize that government cannot and should not be the primary job creator in any state, which is why we have sought to form partnership with business- encouraging the private sector to create good jobs here in Missouri and helping business that play by the rules to succeed.
In recent years, Missouri Democrats have been leaders in effort to strength our existing industries, such as agriculture and aviation, as well as to encourage the development of small businesses and the recruitment of new, high-tech industries to Missouri. We believe new opportunities in fields as diverse as Bio-science research to renewable energy hold great promise for our state’s workers and will continue to lead efforts to encourage the development of these industries in our state of Missouri.
In addition to promoting job creation, Missouri Democrats strongly support the rights of workers. We believe every men and woman should be paid an honest day’s wage for honest day’s work, which is why we support initiatives such as paying the prevailing wage on state projects and initiatives to pay workers a wage they can live on. Finally, the Missouri Democrats recognize that our economy depends on our transportation network, which is why we support the completion of the Comprehensive Transportation.
The health care issue is a hot topic in the United States. This has now becomes a chronological problem and has gone unaddressed. Missouri families, seniors and businesses are all struggling with rising cost of health care, which is why Missouri Democrats continue to support efforts to insure more Missourians and to make health care more affordable. Through the leadership of Missouri Democrats, uninsured Missourians now have the opportunity to purchase medicines at a significant discount through local pharmacies. This innovative public-private partnership is an example of the progress that can be achieved when we work together.
No child can reach his or her full potential without a healthy start on life, which Missouri Democrats believe we must provide health insurances to every Missouri child from birth to age seven. To deny a child the opportunity to start life healthy is simply wrong.
Missouri Democrats also recognize the burden health insurance cost are placing on businesses, particularly small business, which we have strongly supported incentives for small businesses that provide health insurance to their employees and that’s why we have strongly opposed efforts to cut these incentives.
Missouri Democrats support full mental health parity emphasizing our public policy commitment to community mental health services. A system for determining the appropriate level of such service for individual patients should be established to assure present legislative policy which met the criteria. Additionally, Missouri Democrats will continue to be the leaders in protecting the privacy and access to an individual’s medical records and ensuring access to care without the threat of discrimination based on medical conditions.
Ensuring Safe Neighborhoods
Missouri Democrats believe all Missourians have a right to be safe in their homes, offices, schools, place of worships, and communities. We also recognize that our safety is due to hard work and sacrifice of two groups of individuals: members of law enforcement and members of Military.
Law enforcement must be given the tools to accomplish its mission, which is why Missouri Democrats have been leaders in efforts to crack down on threats to our safety such as methamphetamine producers and sex offenders. We believe in dealing for the prevention of crime and providing alternatives to prison when appropriate, and we will continue to promote policies that both prevent crime and punish criminals.
Just as we support the members of law enforcement, Missouri Democrats also support the men and women of our military as they defend our state and our country. Missouri Democrats led the way in creation of a Military Bill of Rights to help ease the financial burden of military service, and we have also supported additional help for Missouri veterans as a way to honor their service to our nation. And because our military personnel remain eternally vigilant, always ready to defend our democracy, Missouri Democrats pledge to always stand with them as they stand watch over our nation.
Missouri Democrats also recognize the role of both of these groups play in our homeland security efforts, which is why we strongly support providing these brave men and women with the tools, training and support they need to defend our state from man made threats.
Helping Rural Missouri Succeed
Missouri Democrats recognize many rural areas of our sate face real challenges, which is why we believe we must do even more to address these challenges and return opportunities to rural Missourians. Democrats support ensuring the profitability of family firms by opening economic opportunities and improving and protecting markets for our agricultural products. The fertile soils of Missouri farms need continue to be protected and conserved. This is best accomplished by research, education, and keeping the land in the hands of family farmers.
Additionally, because of the closure of a town’s school often means the death of the town, Missouri Democrats committed support of our rural schools. This includes using new technology to maintain and improve the quality of education available in rural schools, which requires that we make the tools of modern business – such as Broadband Internet Access – available throughout Missouri, not just in our cities and suburbs.
Just as new technology is expanding the opportunity for a great education regardless of where a child lives; it also has the potential to create new industries in rural areas. Renewable energy production, either through wind farms or through bio fuels plants, has the potential to revitalize rural communities, bringing jobs and prosperity while at the same time benefiting our environment. We will continue to lead the way in efforts to expand these industries in Missouri.
Protecting Families and Children
Missouri Democrats believe governments don’t raise children, families do. People who bring children in to this world have a responsibility to care for and nurture them to the best of their ability and way. We also realize, however, that families cannot do this alone. They need the support of strong neighborhoods and communities, as well as government, on occasion. Especially crucial are provision of service for families and children who need extra help to succeed.
Missouri Democrats will continue to lead on the issues of pre-natal and post-natal, affordable day care, after school and community-based programs, child immunizations, enforcement of the requirement for child support systems, and imposition of criminals’ penalties of those who perpetrate domestic abuse. Democrats recognize that the well-being of children and their families are the responsibility of all of us.
Additionally, Missouri Democrats believe in a fair and adequate system of income security combined with supportive social services needed to sustain families and individuals consistent with our values of fairness and responsibility. All working families must be assured of adequate childcare and health benefits. We will monitor the privatization of social service to ensure that these goals are achieved.
Honoring Senior Citizens
Missouri Democrats recognize the tremendous contributions of older Missourians and are dedicated to preserving and enhancing their quality of life. We support initiatives aimed at helping them maintain their independence and to live out their lives in dignity, which is why we do supported recent efforts to increase the personal needs allowances of Medicaid recipients in adult care homes.
Missouri Democrats also advocate vigorous enforcement of licensing standard for adult care homes and oppose any form of age discriminations. We advocate more uniform application of Medicare regulations and enhanced state and local support of public health home services and hospice services. We endorse support service such as home health and hospice services, adults’ daycare programs, home delivered meals, transportation services, and programs that continue social integration of our senior citizens through community senior centers. In order to provide the economic safety and dignity deserved by dedicated public servants, we urge that public pension funds be used for benefits of members and that an appropriate COLA is provided for retirees.
Protecting Equal Rights, Human Dignity and Diversity
Missouri Democrats support the passage of hate crimes legislation to include race, color, age, physical abilities, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We advocate the strengthening of remedies of job discrimination at all levels and we support pay equity. Missouri Democrats also honor cultural, linguistic, ethnic, sexual, religious and spiritual diversity within the context of individual responsibility towards all. Recognizing the involvement of youth culture as a valuable contribution to our vision, we support giving young people a voice through education, encouraging and assisting youth participation in every aspect of political action.
Protecting the environment
The health of Missouri is intertwined with the quality of our water, air, soil, and wildlife habitat. Missouri Democrats are concerned that protection of these natural resources is often disregards or heavily compromised for the short term economic gains of a few citizens. It is time to assign a high priority to cleaning up our rivers and streams, rescuing the pollutions in the air, and protecting ground water from depletion, poisons, preserving biodiversity, and addressing Global Warming.
Missouri Democrats also believe the debate on global warming is settled and, as is stated in 2006 National Academy of Science report, human activities are responsible for much of the recent, unprecedented warming of our planet. This climate change poses a very real danger to our state’s residents and economy and Missouri Democrats support action to reduce the emission of carbon dioxide, both through the use of alternative fuels and increased energy conservation and efficiency.
Incentives should be offered to assist farmers, industries, and municipalities as they move toward more environmentally-friendly practices. All levels of government should work together with the private sector in achieving a healthy environment and restricting by penalizing activities that harm it. Democrats support environmental policies that will enhance, rather than diminish, the natural assets that we pass on to our next generation.
Meeting our Energy Challenges
Missouri Democrats believe America must reduce its dependence on foreign sources of fossil fuels and we reject the myth that energy efficiency and environmental protection are enemies of economic growth. We will make our economy more efficient by using less energy, reducing our dependence on foreign oil, and producing less waste. We support the development of economically and environmentally sustainable energy resources and a long-term commitment to the development of a renewable energy economy, particularly one based on the production of power from wind and biomass. We support the availability of affordable energy and utility services to all Missourians. We support the maximum, efficient utilization of Missouri energy resources.
Increasing Government Efficiency
Missouri Democrats believe in fairness and responsibility, two values that had been lacking in state government prior years. That’s why Missouri Democrats led the way in conducting a top to bottom review and analysis of how government is spending its money and taking action to increase efficiency and reduce waste. We also believe we should always monitor our state’s tax structure to make sure fair and represents Missouri values. That is why Missouri Democrats will continue to fight to making sure that no single sector of our economy or group of our citizens bears a disproportionate share of our tax burden.
Upholding Ethics in Government and Elections
Missouri Democrats believe voting is both right and a duty and unreasonable impediments to the exercise of that right and the practice of that duty are deplorable. We support compliance with the national Voter Registration Act, as we do compliance with all national laws. Missouri Democrats also believe every vote should be counted, which is why we support requiring all voting machines to have a voter verified paper audit trail so we can ensure the integrity of our elections.
Missouri Democrats also believe ethics in campaigning and government are absolute principles to which our candidates and public officials must adhere. We support continued scrutiny of state campaign and governmental ethics in an effort to clearly define acceptable and unacceptable conduct and close existing loopholes. We support full disclosure of all independent expenditures done on behalf of all campaigns. We also support a prohibition on candidates for Insurance Commissioner soliciting and accepting contributions from regulated insurance agencies and entities.
Foreign – Domestics Policy
- Against Drones Policy
- Against NDAA
- Against NSA Surveillances
- Against any further wars
- Need Immigration Re-forms
- Amnesty for 11 Million un-documented individuals
- Election Re-form (Federal Ethics Commission on Spending)