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What are the region's biggest legislative priorities for 2021?

Great Northwest Day at the CapitolSM exists as a cooperative effort by Northwest Missouri communities to unify and enhance our region’s image in Jefferson City and to pursue issues and legislation beneficial to the “Great Northwest.”

THE 2021 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES INCLUDE:

#1 Sustained Funding for COVID-19 Recovery and the Reopening of Regional and Community Assets

  • Support for Public-Private Partnership and collaboration between entrepreneurs, local public entities, and private support organizations working on economic and community development
  • Wayfair Online Sales Tax Reform
  • Tailor resources to rebound and build a stronger culture of empowering local businesses throughout the region to expand
  • View a Video Interview on Priority 1 Here

#2 Increase Full Access to Mental Health and Primary Care

  • Collaborate across the aisle to implement Medicaid expansion fairly throughout the state considering unique characteristics of rural and urban residents
  • Ensure resources that help reduce opioid use and dependency
  • View a Video Interview on Priority 2 Here

#3 Support Innovation Within Rural Education: Early Childhood, K-12, Higher Education, and Community

  • Ensure access to high-quality, affordable child care and early childhood development programs in the interest of sustaining and growing our workforce
  • Maintain core funding for higher education institutions so they can sustain academic programs as well as workforce development and community involvement
  • Fully fund the education formula
    • Encourage new and high-quality approaches for in-person and online learners in K-12
    • Retain good teachers in our schools
  • Ensure NWMO representation on state-level education-related boards, task forces, and committees
  • View a Video Interview on Priority 3 Here

#4 Ensure End-of-the-Road Access to High-Speed Broadband

  • Expand access to agriculture businesses and households - especially those with students and remote workers - beyond the fiber fringe
  • Encourage innovative solution development and implementation in addition to expanded funding by lifting any regulatory roadblocks
  • Support multi-sector collaborations to move solutions forward faster
  • View a Video Interview on Priority 4 Here

The goal of the Great Northwest Day Priorities Committee is to broaden the circle of input to present a strong united message to our legislators and government officials. The committee is gathering input from community leaders throughout the region via an online survey, as well as consulting with regional planning and advocacy groups such as the Missouri Coalition of Counties, Northwest Missouri Roundtable of Economic Development, Transportation Advisory Committees, Solid Waste Districts, Area Agency on Aging, Leadership Northwest Missouri, United Way, and others in healthcare, economic development, education, and quality of life. Feedback was reviewed against the criteria of:

  • Legislative impact,
  • Overarching regional impact,
  • Non-partisan perspective, and
  • Timeliness of concern.

The Great Northwest Day Steering Committee gave final review and approval before being shared with all state legislators, regional media, and other leaders throughout the region and state.

The 2021 Priority Papers are posted here for you! If you are interested in viewing the group's 2020 Priority Papers, they can be found here. Please check the Great Northwest Day's website where you can learn more about the organization and keep an eye on how to register to join the entourage in Jefferson City next February 2022 when it is expected that everyone can gather in-person together once again!

Visit http://www.greatnorthwestday.com/ today!

What are the region's biggest legislative priorities for 2021?

Great Northwest Day at the CapitolSM exists as a cooperative effort by Northwest Missouri communities to unify and enhance our region’s image in Jefferson City and to pursue issues and legislation beneficial to the “Great Northwest.”

THE 2021 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES INCLUDE:

#1 Sustained Funding for COVID-19 Recovery and the Reopening of Regional and Community Assets

  • Support for Public-Private Partnership and collaboration between entrepreneurs, local public entities, and private support organizations working on economic and community development
  • Wayfair Online Sales Tax Reform
  • Tailor resources to rebound and build a stronger culture of empowering local businesses throughout the region to expand
  • View a Video Interview on Priority 1 Here

#2 Increase Full Access to Mental Health and Primary Care

  • Collaborate across the aisle to implement Medicaid expansion fairly throughout the state considering unique characteristics of rural and urban residents
  • Ensure resources that help reduce opioid use and dependency
  • View a Video Interview on Priority 2 Here

#3 Support Innovation Within Rural Education: Early Childhood, K-12, Higher Education, and Community

  • Ensure access to high-quality, affordable child care and early childhood development programs in the interest of sustaining and growing our workforce
  • Maintain core funding for higher education institutions so they can sustain academic programs as well as workforce development and community involvement
  • Fully fund the education formula
    • Encourage new and high-quality approaches for in-person and online learners in K-12
    • Retain good teachers in our schools
  • Ensure NWMO representation on state-level education-related boards, task forces, and committees
  • View a Video Interview on Priority 3 Here

#4 Ensure End-of-the-Road Access to High-Speed Broadband

  • Expand access to agriculture businesses and households - especially those with students and remote workers - beyond the fiber fringe
  • Encourage innovative solution development and implementation in addition to expanded funding by lifting any regulatory roadblocks
  • Support multi-sector collaborations to move solutions forward faster
  • View a Video Interview on Priority 4 Here

The goal of the Great Northwest Day Priorities Committee is to broaden the circle of input to present a strong united message to our legislators and government officials. The committee is gathering input from community leaders throughout the region via an online survey, as well as consulting with regional planning and advocacy groups such as the Missouri Coalition of Counties, Northwest Missouri Roundtable of Economic Development, Transportation Advisory Committees, Solid Waste Districts, Area Agency on Aging, Leadership Northwest Missouri, United Way, and others in healthcare, economic development, education, and quality of life. Feedback was reviewed against the criteria of:

  • Legislative impact,
  • Overarching regional impact,
  • Non-partisan perspective, and
  • Timeliness of concern.

The Great Northwest Day Steering Committee gave final review and approval before being shared with all state legislators, regional media, and other leaders throughout the region and state.

The 2021 Priority Papers are posted here for you! If you are interested in viewing the group's 2020 Priority Papers, they can be found here. Please check the Great Northwest Day's website where you can learn more about the organization and keep an eye on how to register to join the entourage in Jefferson City next February 2022 when it is expected that everyone can gather in-person together once again!

Visit http://www.greatnorthwestday.com/ today!

  • 2020 Great Northwest Day Legislative Priorities Released

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    29 Jan 2021
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    The Great Northwest Day at the Capitol Steering Committee shared the following five legislative priorities with elected and government officials in Jefferson City, MO on February 4-5, 2020.

    • Ensure End-of-the-Road Hi-Speed Internet Through Broadband and Fiber

    • Revive Relevant Infrastructure Throughout Northwest Missouri

    • Invest in Sustained Rural Economic and Community Development Strategies

    • Support Pre-K-12/Higher Education, Innovation, and Career Development for All Ages

    • Increase Rural Access to Affordable Primary and Mental Health Care

    Read the full white papers with detailed information about each of these here.

    Interested in getting involved or wondering what is happening on these issues in our region? Register and check back on this site for more information!