Opening Day Speech
Ron Richard, Speaker of the House
Welcome Representatives and guests to the opening of the second session of the 95th General Assembly.
Today we stand at the precipice of the future. Immense uncertainty faces all of us. We are at time in
We must never forget we sit in the people’s chamber and our sacred duty as their elected officials is the maintenance of the integrity and sanctity of the Missouri House of Representatives. We are here to make our state a better place for our citizens to work and live.
With every vote we take, we must never forget the trust
Many members have filed legislation that would reform ethical standards. Today, I will create a Special Standing Committee on Government Accountability and Ethics Reform.
I am appointing members of outstanding character to this
Regardless of party affiliation we can all agree that the
sanctity of this body is important.
From this point forward, we commit ourselves to gain and hold the faith that the
We are also here because we believe in forging a bright future
Economic woes threaten to dampen our future. The economic downturn has left no
community or household in
There are those who say that the economic recovery will not be
tied to job growth. That is
We must also work to protect the tools that have been successful
at bringing jobs and businesses into our state.
This year we must also continue our work helping small businesses. They are the economic engine of
The economic recovery of this state and nation will not be
carried on the backs of government, but will instead be led by the forces of
personal initiative and the free market.
One important precept of our state government is that we must
spend within our means and we cannot run budget deficits like the federal
government. In a time of economic
uncertainty we must work together to make the necessary decisions for our
citizen’s future that will allow
I will commit to you one thing: we must NOT and we will NOT raise taxes on working Missourians.
Families across the state are finding ways to stretch their
dollars and we will work to follow them.
With an ever increasing financial burden being placed on Missourians by
the actions of the federal government, we must do what we can to decrease and
cut taxes in
Fiscal discipline and prudence will become the bywords for this session. The people demand nothing less with their tax dollars, and we will give them nothing less. We will commit ourselves to being prudent fiscal managers of public monies.
Our House is composed of responsible, hard-working members, and I know this will be a productive session that all Missourians can be proud of.
To all members, let us remember we are all here representing the
people of our great state, and we all share the same common goal for a strong
May God bless you and may God bless the great state of