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Andrew Koenig | Missouri State Representative

I have been a lifelong resident of west St. Louis county. I'm excited to be running for re-election in the 99th district on August 5, 2014.

My wife Brooke and I have three sons Jeremiah who is 8, Isaac who is 6 and Gideon who is 4. We are active members of the West County Assembly of God and we are very involved in our community.

I earned my business degree from Lindenwood University and I am the proud owner of an established small business. I also am licensed insurance adjuster. My wife Brooke and I are licensed foster parents.

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Last week the Missouri House passed House Bill 150 with a vote of 112 to 47.  Currently Missourians can receive unemployment benefits for 26 weeks from the state and none is offered by the Federal Government.  This is because the Federal Extensions were not renewed by Congress in 2013.  HB 150 would decrease the duration of unemployment benefits as the unemployment rate decreases.  Below is a chart that shows howthese rates are determined:

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Imagine you have a company that has been producing a product for the last 5 years.  Sales are up, the demand is high and you are thinking of expanding your business to other parts of the state.  In the future, you even hope to expand across the nation and globally.  You sit in your office as you look out your window knowing that your hard work and investments have paid off.

Suddenly, the phone rings shaking you from your thoughts.  You pick up the phone and say your normal greeting only to hear…

Hey.  You stole my patent! I should sue you for all you have.  But you know what?  I’m a pretty nice fellow so why don’t you say we cut a deal.  You write me a check and I’ll just go away.  What do you say?”

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Is Right-To-Work 'Really' Wrong for Missouri?

 

You may have seen it on Billboards that Right-to-Work is wrong for Missouri, but is it really wrong for Missouri? Right-to-work states that an employee is not required nor can be forced to join a Union under any term for continued employment.

Union supporters say:

  • Right-to-Work States have lower wages and Unions will be destroyed.
  • They say there is no economic benefits to switching to Right-to-work.
  • It is also said that Unions must represent non-union members creating a network of freeloaders.

Right-to-work supporters are stating that:

  • Unions force union members to pay Union dues that are used for political purposes they do not agree with.
  • They say that some businesses will only consider moving to Right-to-work states and it is good for rank in file Unions members.

 

Right-to-Work Foolishness

 

I believe Right-to-work is the right thing for Missouri,

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~ ANDREW P. KOENIG