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Representative Lauren Arthur (D) [2016 file photo].

Lauren Arthur – State Representative

I am disgusted. Republicans control Missouri government. They hold five of the six statewide offices, including the governorship. In the legislature, Republicans have supermajorities. They possess all of the power, yet they are beyond dysfunction. They cannot govern. They refuse to work collaboratively, even with other Republicans. And they disrespect the process.

While I take offense as legislator, I am disgusted on behalf of the millions of Missourians who will suffer as a result of the decisions made this year. Every person should ask him or herself, “Am I better off this year than last?” If you are a senior citizen, a person of color, LGBTQ, a student, a female, a union member, an entrepreneur, if you drive on roads, have a lower income, live in a rural area, suburban area, or an urban one, have experienced discrimination or suffered an injury caused by someone else — basically, if you live in this state — the answer is a resounding “no.”

That sums it up.