Missourians are a diverse group of people and I work for you regardless of who you voted for in the last election. The majority of the bills passed during these past two sessions, addressed many of the needs and wants of all the people, regardless of party identity.
Yes, Missouri has been hit hard like many other states, but we weren't knocked out.
While elections highlight hyper-partisanship, I am ready and willing to work with anyone who has the best interests of our people at heart.
I've done it for the past four years and I'll do it again!
Together for the common good
John F. Kennedy
Steve Helms for 135th
Diaper Bank Tax Credit: Raising a young family is difficult; struggling to make ends meet and keep your baby in diapers can be even harder. This bill is a great benevolent tax credit that involves people in their communities stepping up to and help one another. Its fiscally responsible and best of all, we passed it in 2018!
Licensed Professions: Nearly one in four Missourians are in a licensed occupation and required to pay fees to support that licensure process. Unfortunately, some boards have misspent those fees which inflated their costs. We passed legislation in 2020 that will put an end to this wasteful practice.
Pharmacy Benefit Managers: There probably isn't any industry that Missourians spend as much money on which has nearly zero oversight. The bill we passed in 2020, now requires licensure for these multi-billion dollar companies, which to date have had very little transparency in how they operate. Missourians need to know they are being treated fairly and not getting ripped off.
Since 2016, when I campaigned on four primary issues...
Grow our Economy!
Properly Fund our Schools K-12!
Fight to Reduce Cost and Increase Access to Healthcare!
Balance the State Budget!
That is what I have done and that is what I will continue to do.
However, I have given even more attention to two of those items – Healthcare and Education. Working everyday in Jefferson City to make our healthcare system more affordable and accessible for all.
Health care consumes too much of your budget and it consumes too much of the state’s budget. As a result, we have less resources to help those who can’t afford healthcare and less resources to spend on other state priorities such as education, roads & bridges, and a whole host of other important items.
I’ve also voted every year to fully fund our schools according to the established funding formula. It passed every year! Unfortunately, as a result of the coronavirus impacting our state revenues this year, there were some withholds that I hope to get restored as soon as possible.
A quality education gives every child a better chance to not only improve their lives, but make our state a better place for all!
Thank you again for giving me the opportunity to work for you in Jefferson City!