Jacology: Mo. Legislature 2013 Ideas

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(KPLR) – Lawmakers are back to work in Jefferson City and they're already beginning to look at legislation.

In Friday's Jacology, Charles Jaco says he doesn't like what he sees.

The Missouri legislature is back in session. And, as always, they're preparing to debate some really awful proposals. Let's take a look, while we still have a firm grip on reality. That grip can be tenuous in Jefferson City.

The legislature may consider cutting business taxes and slashing the income tax, replacing it with a larger sales tax. These ideas have so much wrong with them it’s hard to know where to start. Missouri already has some of America’s lowest business taxes. And that has not led to a burst of prosperity. And slashing income taxes and raising sales taxes merely means the middle class pays more, the rich pay less.

The legislature will also look at whether more guns in schools are the answer to school shootings, via a proposal to allow teachers to carry weapons in school. Never mind that it's the same as trying to reduce smoking by putting more cigarettes into stores. I'm waiting for them to allow more guns inside the legislature.

Right to work legislation is also back. Never mind that union membership in Missouri only amounts to eight percent of the state's workforce. Never mind that wages and benefits are lower in right to work states. The people introducing this legislation hate organized labor so much that facts don't budge them.

With ideas like these, the best idea the general assembly might come up with, is to adjourn immediately.

I'm Charles Jaco and that's Jacology.