In 2016, I campaigned on four primary issues.
By any measure, we have done that.
(1) Unemployment is down and Economic Opportunity is growing everyday. (2) We fully funded K-12 education according to the funding formula both years that I have served you in office. Which by the way, are the only two years in Missouri's history that this has happened.
I have (3) filed multiple bills that would increase access to primary care and mental health. If passed, these bills would give Missourians greater control over which doctors and healthcare providers you see, and it would push the costs down.
Large, powerful special interests have opposed many of these common sense reforms, but we are not through and momentum is only growing on our side. I am excited to see how far we will go in 2019!
We did all this and (4) balanced our State Budget.
Working for you in the legislature is a team sport and if I didn't have access to the support of the Majority Caucus, it would be difficult to get anything significant done. And we have!
Not only do I work with my fellow legislators to pass the legislation you want, but I worked with state agencies to serve your needs.
My work for you wasn't limited to these four campaign issues, check out the box to the left to see some of the other issues that I worked on or have been passed while serving you.
Thank you again for giving me the opportunity to work for you in Jefferson City!
These first two years have flown by, literally! And while we have accomplished much, there is still more to do.
That is why I am asking for your vote this year. If we are to continue growing our economy and working to improve our healthcare system, we need more time.
Not only do I plan on moving forward many of the bills that I have previously filed and made much progress with, but after talking with many of you, I will be filing bills that are more aggressive in attacking the high cost of healthcare and prescription drugs. These are some of the areas that I hope to work on in 2019:
Most Missourians want the same things - a good, growing economy, a quality education for their children, and a safe environment in which to live & raise their families.
Together for the Common Good, is why I spend my time away from my family and serve you in Jefferson City. I am here because I believe in the foundation that made the United States of America and Missouri the greatest land of opportunity and I want to pass those hopes and aspirations on to our children.
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.
Not only did we reform taxes for individuals and businesses, but we invested hundreds of millions of dollars more than the year before, in programs like Medicaid, education, and many others.
Any budget will have disagreements on specific points, but overall, Missouri citizens were the real winners from these past two years!
There is still much too do, but you can be confident that Missouri is moving in the right direction!
John F. Kennedy
Together for the common good
Steve Helms for 135th
Not only did I work on the issues we talked about before you elected me, I sought to do more:
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 to step up and help one another. Its fiscally responsible and best of all, we passed it in 2018!
Payday Loans: Too many Missourians are taken advantage of by unscrupulous lenders. My bill would protect the consumer and provide balance in this industry.
Licensed Professions: Becoming a licensed professional is one way to get out of the poverty trap. Unfortunately, too much gov't red-tape and high fees hinders many young and low-income Missourians from bettering their lives. I fought to cut through these barriers and eliminate excessive fees.
Co-sponsored Bills: Three of the bills I co-sponsored dealt with; (1) removing unnecessary regulation from healthcare providers who dispense long-acting, reversible contraceptives. A common sense bill that will save money and not waste Rx drugs.
(2) The Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Prevention Act. It's name says it all.
(3) Fix provisions relating to our sheltered workshops.