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Tuesday, June 25, 2002 Volume XI, Number 6

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The City of Carthage will be spraying for mosquitoes this week, Mon.-Fri., June 24th-28th. Your area will sprayed in the evening of the day your trash is picked up between 8:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. You might want to turn off window and attic fans when the sprayer is in your area.

Did Ya Know?. . .Eminence Chapter #93 Order of the Eastern Star will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25th, 2002, at the Masonic Temple 7th & Maple. Regular meeting with dinner to be served.

Did Ya Know?. . .The next Diabetes Support Group will be fom 5-6 p.m. on Wed., June 26th in the dining room at the McCune-Brooks Hospital, Carthage. Dr. Roger Schoenfeld will speak about "Personal Health Issues."

today's laugh

I won’t say my car is "used": The last time I drove up to a toll booth and the guard said, "Two-fifty," I said, "Sold!"

He was a real strong man. He lifted an elephant with one finger. But it took him twenty years to find an elephant with one finger.

There was a terrible mishap at the circus yesterday. The lion tamer needed a tamer lion.


A Chronological Record of Events as they have Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.

Big Car From the Hayseed.

The Hayseed mine northwest of Carthage loaded a 33 ton carload of zinc ore today at the Missouri Pacific, sold to the Lanyons att $30. This mine is now expected to produce a car of ore a week right along.

Milton B. Griffith, the St. Louis tenor who sang with the Carthage Choral society in the "Crusaders" left last night at the conclusion of the performance for Tarkio, Mo., where he gives a song recital tonight. He was paid $25 and his expenses, a total of $43.40, for his engagement here.

Mrs. W. W. Flora and children will leave tonight for Denver, and later for Maniton, Col. The doctor will accompany them to Kansas City and will then go to the state dental meeting at Jefferson City, being home again Saturday.

  Today's Feature

A Matter of Convenience.

A proposed swap of road maintenance responsibilities is under consideration by the City Council.

The City currently maintains Central Avenue from Garrison east to approximately the first bridge as 96 turns back north. The State maintains Fairview Avenue (Route E) from Garrison Avenue east. The proposal is for the two to swap responsibilities. The City would then maintain Fairview to the East City limits or approximately at Buena Vista Avenue, a total of about one and a quarter mile.

Mayor Kenneth Johnson has stated that feels it will be easier for both entities if the swap is approved by the Council. City street crews will maintain Fairview through the City and the State will have all of Central.

From the information Johnson is aware of, the City has maintained this short piece of Route 66 since it was built.

The Mayor also reports that he has received a letter from MODOT concerning the repair of the bridge damaged when the small bus ran through the rail. The letter states that the bridge will be repaired now by state personnel. Historic repairs could be considered if local funding is available.


by Steve Hunter, Representative District 127

Without the usual state fly around or multiple press conferences, last week the Governor signed into law Senate Bill 1191. This bill will allow Missouri to sell the rights to $600 million in future tobacco settlement funds in exchange for nearly immediate cash; a practice often referred to as ‘securitization’. This would decrease the risk associated with the possibility of not receiving future tobacco settlement payments, should tobacco companies declare bankruptcy, close their plants, and move their operations to foreign countries.

When the tobacco settlement agreement was reached, revenue projections indicated that our state would receive about $6 billion. However, national trends indicate that tobacco use is on the decline, which will decrease the revenues that are to be received by our state. Because these projections may continue to decrease in the future, proponents of ‘securitizing’ these funds argue that Missouri should take what it is guaranteed to get now, rather than risk getting little to nothing in the future. Under Senate Bill 1191, the rights to up to one-third of these projected payments will be sold to a company and bonds will be issued. Potentially, the bonding company would assume the risk associated with any defaults on payments by tobacco companies, in exchange the state would receive an estimated thirty cents on each dollar sold in rights to future tobacco settlement payments. In effect, this legislation weighs the high level of risk associated with receiving payments from tobacco companies over the next twenty five to thirty years that may not continue to exist, against the security of receiving fewer revenues now.

One major concern that I have expressed regarding the securitization of these funds is that our state should ensure that much of the tobacco settlement revenues are used for tobacco prevention programs. In 2002, more than $500 million in tobacco settlement funds were appropriated by the legislature. Specifically, the legislature appropriated $22.2 million in 2002 for tobacco use prevention programs, but the Governor has used all but $400,000 of these funds to cover holes in the budget elsewhere. Only $466,000 of the appropriated $167 million in 2003 tobacco settlement funds will be used for tobacco prevention programs. These funds should be used only for the original purposes of the tobacco settlement.

Additionally, the legislature had appropriated $21.6 million in tobacco settlement funds to be spent in the 2002 budget on life sciences research, but the Governor has used all but $463,000 to cover shortfalls in the budget. Unfortunately, not one penny of tobacco settlement funds is appropriated for life sciences research in the 2003 budget.

Funds received from the sale of rights to a portion of future tobacco settlement revenues will be subjected to restrictions on how they can be spent to avoid jeopardizing our state’s triple A bond rating. These restrictions may prevent securitized revenues from being used in a manner consistent with the original purpose of the tobacco settlement agreement. However, when faced with a less than certain future for tobacco companies as they now exist, selling off the rights to one-third of future tobacco settlement payments may prove to be a wise decision. In fact, more than 40 state and local governments have securitized all or part of their tobacco settlement revenues.

If spent wisely, the sale of rights to future tobacco settlement revenues may provide some financial stability in the coming years. However, in light of the Governor’s unwillingness to provide long term solutions to our state’s budget difficulties, securitization may provide a guarantee to additional revenues that may not have been received in the future, but without steps to control state spending and limit government growth, Missouri’s budget problems are only beginning. Long term solutions like performance based budgeting and revisions to how our state devises revenue estimates must be adopted or the next three years could be some of the most financially challenging in our state’s history.

As usual, I can be reached at (573) 751-5458 or at Room 103 BB, State Capitol, Jefferson City, MO 65101, or by email at if you have any questions or comments.


Martin "Bubs" Hohulin
State Representative, District 126

Sorry about missing last week’s column. Between the custard shop, farming, campaigning, and the boys’ baseball games and practices, I just didn’t get it written. I have often wondered if anyone reads these columns and due to the large number of you that asked where last week’s column was, I guess you do. I appreciate that you take the time to read it.

One of the issues that drew a lot of attention this past Session was the St. Louis baseball stadium. It drew a lot of attention from all over the state, both for and against. While most of the letters and phone calls I received were against the stadium, I did receive more letters of support than I thought I would.

The Cardinals made a lot of noise that they would move to Illinois if they didn’t get public money to help build a new stadium. I really think that is a bluff. If they move to Illinois, they would probably move to East St. Louis. Have you ever been to East St. Louis?

One of the St. Louis area representatives got in a lot of trouble for saying that they wouldn’t move to East St. Louis because of what that area is like. I guess I will get in trouble with him. That area has a lot of crime and gang activities. He was called a racist for saying that. I will say it with him. That area has a lot of crime and gang activities. If the Cardinals want to move there, they can hop right to it.

In all honesty, the stadium proposal was not nearly as bad as many of the stadium proposals around the country. The Cardinals were going to be responsible for more money than most teams. That being said, two questions still remained. The first was do the citizens of Missouri want to pony up for another stadium and the second was whether or not paying for sports facilities is a necessary government activity. There can be an argument made that it is no different than spending money to get a major manufacturing company to stay in Missouri. The main difference is that instead of 10 dollar per hour workers, we are talking about multi millionaire players and families having to lay out 100 bucks just to go to a game.

Because of things like that as well as talks of another strike, there is also a declining interest in Major League Baseball among the fans right now. In light of all that, do we want to be investing millions in a new baseball stadium?

I was elected the first time in large part because of my opposition to the domed football stadium in St. Louis. I mentioned to another representative that I was elected on that issue and that I wasn’t going to be stupid and vote for it. He said that he voted for the domed stadium and as a result was defeated in the next election. He said that he wasn’t going to be stupid twice.

In the end the issue passed the Senate but never came up for debate in the House. I seriously doubt if it would have passed. It will be interesting to see what happens next Session when half of the members are brand new. Stay tuned.

As usual, I can be reached at House Post Office, State Capitol, Jefferson City, MO 65101, or 1-800-878-7126, or for your questions, comments, or advice.

Just Jake Talkin'


Although I’m not aware of any written history on the subject, apparently back sometime around the 30’s when the bridges were built on old 66, the City was concerned that the State would influence parkin’ along Central as a condition of takin’ over maintenance of the roadway. The State stopped maintenance after the bridges and jumped to Garrison, and that’s the way it’s been. It’s a state highway, but maintained by the City.

The stop light on Main and Central bein’ removed last year was onea the conditions the State required as a part of the negotiations for them to take over.

The City gets more runnin’ feet of roadway on Fairview, but I’m guessin’ a lot less traffic. We already take care of Fairview from Garrison West so it makes some sense to make the swap.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



McCune- Brooks Hospital

Weekly Column

Health Notes

by Judith Sheldon

DIABETICS AND DIET: According to a release from PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine), Type II or adult-onset diabetics taking part in a study at Georgetown’s Endocrinology Department that involves the percentage of dietary fats they ingest, are showing some interesting results.

One group was put on a diet from which they derived 30 percent of their calories from fat. Another group was put on a diet that provided only 10 percent of their calories from fat. Preliminary results show that the "ten-percenters" have lower blood sugar levels than the other group; their cholesterol is down; their weight is down and they say they feel better as well.

There’s still a lot of studying and evaluations to be done, but so far it seems if you don’t live off the fat of the land, you’ll live longer and better, even if you have health problems that could shorten or adversely affect your life.

PILL MONITORS: If you’re on hormone replacement therapy, or need to take certain pills at certain times, or have an elderly relative on mediation, you know that compliance with your doctor’s orders on medication is vital. Talk to your doctor about getting a pill monitor to help you keep your medication therapy on track.


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