Maurice Harris

In the Rolla News Daily (via Combest), an article discusses the successful efforts by  Rep. JoAnn Emerson (R-MO) to save the United State Geological Survey office in Rolla yesterday. Many dignitaries and workers congratulated her for her efforts to keep the office in Rolla. Rep. Emerson herself said:

"I've had other successes, but as far as having a specific impact on
peoples' lives, this is (the greatest)," Emerson said. "Making
government work more efficiently, and the impact on lives and families
... this is right up there. Being here today really puts a face on what
we've accomplished."

Congrats to Rep. Emerson for saving government jobs. I think the Southeast Missouri region would benefit more from a restructured tax code that awards job creation, and reduced regulation, which would help that part of the state to grow economically. Saving government jobs is one thing, but creating a climate in which private sector jobs will thrive — in a region that usually lags behind the rest of the state in job creation — is a greater goal for everyone involved.

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Maurice Harris