Congresswoman Hartzler stops in Boonville
Missouri's Fourth Congressional District Congresswoman, Vicky Hartzler, addressed many issues that are affecting Cooper County such as agriculture, taxes and energy when she made a stop in Boonville Monday afternoon at Sell's Carpet. Hartlzer said when she first came to Washington, the House passed many bills and sent them to the Senate. She said once it got to the Senate, they would not vote on anything which has frustrated her. Hartzler said the new regulations that were suppose to affect only Wall Street banks is affecting the small community banks even more and causing them to close. "Part of what I went to Washington to do was to undo a lot of these bad policies and bad regulations that infringe on our freedoms. These regulations are making it very hard for small businesses to hire. The sad thing about the regulation is it is effecting our community banks, which was intended to go after the biggest Wall Street banks. When I visit with our small town bankers they tell me that they cannot comply with all this. I visited with a banker outside of Joplin who I have known for a long time and he told me that he signed a contract to sell the bank. He even told me that it is getting too hard to comply with the regulations. That is the sixth Missouri bank I have heard being sold this year," Hartlzer said. Hartzler said small town banks are also frustrated because they know their customers and know they are good for the loans they wish to take out. Regulation is prohibiting them to loan out money unless 20 percent cash is put down. Hartzler was asked about new energy and the regulation that surrounds it. "We are 85 percent coal base here in Missouri. It is clean and affordable. Regulation came out and basically said there would be no new coal power plants built because the regulations are so ownerless," Hartzler said."I want to encourage more local energy usage. Because of the regulations, there has not been any new license for any nuclear power plants in a long time. The encouraging thing in our district is the Callaway Nuclear Plant which is one of the finalist to build a small nuclear reactors in Missouri, just outside of Columbia. They are the same thing, basically, they use in nuclear subs. They also put off a lot of energy and are very safe." Hartzler said. Hartzler also said during Obama there has only been a handful of permits granted for oil drilling. She also said there is more drilling on private land now. Hartzler also said small businesses have been greatly impacted in the last four years. "The good news is that it can be turned around. When I talk to small business owners who have capital but with the uncertainty, cannot expand. Come this next year we are facing the largest tax increase in our countries history. Months ago in the House, we passed a bill to not have an increase, but the Senate has not voted on it yet. These small business owners do not know what their healthcare will be as well. The Affordable Healthcare Act has also made rates go up because insurance companies have to cover more people. They also do not know what their energy cost will be. Theses costs have doubled since President Obama became President," Hartlzer said. Since Cooper County's primary economy is agriculture, taxing farms was a huge concern for Hartzler. "When you inherit your farm, everything is taxed at 55 percent. There is no farmer that has 55 percent cash on hand. I think it is criminal you have to pay any at all. I co-sponsored a bill that would do a way with the estate tax and death tax. It is not fair, you have paid property and income taxes on it your entire life and just for the fact that you die and pass it on to your children that Uncle Sam will make you pay 55 percent of the value of that farm, they should not owe anything to the government." Hartzler said. "I think the government should allow you to keep your tax money so you can spend it how you like," Hartzler said.