Senator Will Kraus Files 2013 Legislative Priorities
December 8, 2012
Sen. Will Kraus,
On Friday, Nov. 30, Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit,
prefiled three bills to address his top priorities for 2013.
“Creating an environment for job growth, safeguarding taxpayer dollars, and protecting the sanctity of our vote are all important issues to the residents of the 8th District,” said Sen. Kraus. “As their representative, it is my responsibility to make sure their voice is heard in Jefferson City.”
Senate Bill 26 is a comprehensive tax relief bill which will lower income taxes for corporations, small businesses and individuals. The corporate tax reductions and small business deductions are phased in over a period of time, while the individual tax cut would be immediate.
“We need to be more competitive so that businesses come and stay in Missouri. The best states for economic development often have lower or no taxes on businesses,” said Sen. Kraus. “At the same time, we need to put money back in the hands of Missourians to stimulate the economy here in Missouri and spur job growth.”
Senate Bill 27 would require certain government-issued photo identification to vote, either at the polls or by absentee vote. Most citizens already present a driver’s license or other photo ID when they vote, but it is not required by law.
“It is imperative that we make it as easy to vote as possible,” said Sen. Kraus. “At the same time, we need to be absolutely sure each vote cast is valid.”
Senate Bill 28 changes the definition of “misconduct” in unemployment insurance statutes to correct judicial and administrative uses of the word to expand who gets insurance.
“Right now, people who steal from their employer, commit acts of physical violence, or violate common-sense workplace rules can still qualify for unemployment benefits,” said Sen. Kraus. “This legislation will fix the language so that those making the decisions, and judges reviewing those decisions, will have more strict guidelines to follow.”
For more information on these bills, or any legislation sponsored by Sen. Kraus for the 2013 session, please visit his website at www.senate.mo.gov/kraus.