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Yesterday evening the Warrensburg MSTA-CTA (teachers) held an informational meeting with Johnson County area legislators. The program listed Denny Hoskins (r-21st Senate District), Dean Dohrman (r-51st Legislative District), Glen Kolkmeyer (r-53rd Legislative District), and Dan Houx (r-54th Legislative District). Dean Dohrman did not attend.

Denny Hoskins (r-21st Senate District).

Denny Hoskins (r-21st Senate District).

To their credit three legislators did show up to take questions from their teacher constituents. MSTA-CTA provided refreshments and a box dinner for everyone who attended the event.

A MSTA representative served as moderator, explaining that he took solicited pre-submitted questions (from those who had sent in an RSVP to the event). After brief introductions the moderator read questions and asked each legislator in turn for their comments.

Understandably, from teachers, the first questions were on the state budget and K-12 funding from Jefferson City. The responses included the usual soothing sounds about the importance of education, shortfalls in state revenues, and the requirement that the state have a balanced budget. What was missing in those early comments was any explanation of how the past actions of two of those three legislators (Dan Houx is in his first term in Jefferson City) in the General Assembly contributed significantly to the structural shortfalls in state revenue.

I left the event after listening to the stylized dance around the subject for a half hour.

It’s possible they could have addressed increasing state revenue after I left the event. Nah, they’re republicans in the Missouri General Assembly.

(left to right) Denny Hoskins (r), Glen Kolkmeyer (r-53rd Legislative District), Dan Houx (r-54th Legislative District).

(left to right) Denny Hoskins (r), Glen Kolkmeyer (r-53rd Legislative District), Dan Houx (r-54th Legislative District).