2017 is bringing big changes to Missouri politics

JOPLIN, Mo. - Donald Trump as the President-elect and in Missouri, Eric Greitens as Governor. And with majorities in both the state House and Senate, 2017 could be a big year for Republicans.
  
"I suspect in the first 40 or 50 bills, you're going to see about a third of it in labor reform, then some of it education reform, then the rest of it in legal reform, tort reform," said MO Senator Ron Richard--R.
  
State Senator and President Pro Temp of the Senate Ron Richard is looking forward to a busy session. He expects to pass right to work legislation. There's also discussion of lowering or eliminating corporate income taxes, but Richard isn't convinced.
 
"I'm not sure of it, I don't want to end up like Kansas and make sure our revenue allow us to meet expectations on what we have to do to meet government obligations," Richard added. 
  
And there's economic development, job creation and finding a way to meet federal REAL I.D. Act requirements for drivers licenses.
  
Meanwhile, Missouri Democrats have their own agenda.
  
"There are things that are going to be done in the next 2 and 4 years that we're very upset about, and we will again be mounting a pretty staunch opposition, trying to mobilize Missourians to speak to the GOP here in Missouri," explained Genevieve Williams of the Missouri Democratic Party.
  
Genevieve Williams of Neosho is the vice chair of the state Democratic Party. She's concerned about what will happen with health care, but hopes there will be chances to work together.
 
"We will be looking forward to work with them and moving things through, although I can't say they need our help, because they have a pretty good level of control over Missouri government," Williams added.

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