The City of Springfield has identified major priorities on matters to come before state and federal lawmakers. These priorities have been approved by members of Springfield, Missouri City Council.
The following priorities are established for the 2013 legislative session:
- Economic development and fighting poverty
- Protecting the natural environment
- Maintaining local control and avoiding unfunded mandates
- Improving public health
- Maintaining public safety and Improving the Criminal Justice System
Adequately fund public health agencies and programs. Provide financial support for wellness initiatives as a proactive way to limit/reduce future public health costs.
Veterans Health Facility
Encourage the funding of the Springfield Veterans Clinic that has been authorized for Springfield.
Recognizing that Missouri has one of the lowest childhood immunization rates in the country, the City of Springfield encourages the State to provide the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and local public health agencies the necessary resources to support proven, mercury-free childhood immunizations.
Tobacco Tax Increase
The City of Springfield encourages the State to increase the State tobacco tax. Missouri has the lowest tobacco tax in the country, resulting in a loss of potential revenue and creating an environment for increased criminal activity.
Springfield Clinical Campus
In order to meet the growing demand for healthcare professionals in the region, the City of Springfield supports efforts to preserve existing programs and expand educational opportunities for medical students through a variety of partnerships, including the development of a clinical campus in Springfield as a partnership of University of Missouri School of Medicine, CoxHealth, and Mercy as incremental State funding becomes available.