Speaker of the House Tim Jones will be in the lake area on Tuesday. Jones will be speaking to the Camden County Republican Club. While he was gearing up to make his way to the lake, Jones answered a few questions for the Lake Sun.
Q: What do you feel like the hot topics will be in the upcoming session?
Without a doubt, the number one item on everyone’s mind remains getting our economy back on track. During his time in office, Governor Nixon has refused to lead on this key issue, and our economy has suffered as a result. During his time in office, we have lost more than 29,000 jobs, and more than 216,000 Missourians are currently unemployed. Since he will not lead, the House Republican majority has and will continue to do so. We have already gotten the ball rolling with some of the measures we passed last session, but there is more to do including restoring our medical malpractice lawsuit limits, passing a broad-based tax relief measure and making Missouri a state one of more worker freedom, among other important measures.
Q: Have you made any type of recommendation on Medicaid Expansion in Missouri after receiving the report from the committee?
I am working together with several other Republican legislators to put forward a market-based, Missouri solution to the issue of Medicaid reform. Regardless of the direction we go with this policy, it is clear that we cannot do as the Obama administration demands and implement a no-questions-asked expansion. I will not expand a broken system, especially by mortgaging and bankrupting education funding. Instead, whatever solution we ultimately put together will focus on providing access to care for those who truly need it while also implementing reforms which will help reduce the long-term cost of MO HealthNet, our state’s Medicaid system.
Q: What do you hope to accomplish in the next few months?
The upcoming legislative session will be my last as Speaker of the Missouri House, and I want to make sure I do as much as I can to help move Missouri forward. My number one goal will be to continue doing the important work of adopting the transformative, common sense conservative policies our state needs to encourage job creation, strengthen our freedoms, and protect Missouri values.
Q: What is your main purpose in coming to the lake area for the Camden County Republican Club tomorrow?
My main purpose for coming to the lake area is to speak to fellow Republicans about the issues facing Missouri and obtain their thoughts about how we should address these issues. Missourians are incredibly resourceful, creative and innovative people. I have obtained many of my best and most successful legislative priorities by visiting with and listening to citizens all across our great state.
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Q: What message do you want to convey to Missourians?
The number one message I want to convey is that it is of the utmost importance that voters across our state stay involved in the legislative process. Keep speaking with your local legislators and let them know what your priorities are. In the Capitol, we rely on input from people at home to show us what are the major problems that need to be addressed and how we can best solve them. This public input is the part of the job that I most value, and I know many other legislators feel the same way. We need leaders in our state that best exemplify leadership, vision and Missouri values that our citizens demand.
* A potluck dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting is at 7 p.m. at Christ the King Church in Lake Ozark.