Kraus to Head Senate Ways & Means, Justus to Lead Senate’s Progess Panel
January 11, 2013

Lee’s Summit Republican State Senator Will Kraus has been named the Chairman of the Senate Ways and means Committee. The panel is a key position for Missouri budget negotiations.
“ I look forward to working with the members of the committee to find a comprehensive tax policy solution the entire Senate can support.” Kraus
Tax policy may be a major issue in the new 2013 session. Kraus is familiar with the ongoing ‘border war’, with the state of Kansas.
Some in Kansas City believe the state og Kansas is aggressively raiding Missouri-side businesses with tax breaks.
Kansas City Democrat Jolie Justus has been named to lead the Senate’s Progress and development panel.
Senate leader Tom Dempsey announced the list of Committee Chairman for the 2013 session Thursday.
The Kansas City Star reports the assignments are:

Administration: Dempsey
Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources: Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown
Appropriations: Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia
Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment: Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah
Education: Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg
Financial and Government Organizations and Elections: Sen. Jay Wasson, R-Nixa
General Laws: Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Washington
Governmental Accountability and Fiscal Oversight: Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar
Gubernatorial Appointments: Sen. Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles
Jobs, Economic Development and Local Government: Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale
Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence: Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield
Progress and Development: Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City
Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics: Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin
Seniors, Families and Pensions: Sen. John Lamping, R-Ladue
Small Business, Insurance and Industry: Sen. Scott T. Rupp, R-Wentzville
Transportation and Infrastructure: Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City
Veterans’ Affairs and Health: Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla
Ways and Means: Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit