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Blaine’s Bulletin: Expanded Child Tax Credit

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Starting this week, many families in Missouri and across the country will begin receiving deposits in your bank account or checks in the mail from the IRS. These payments are an advance of the Child Tax Credit that most families receive in their tax returns after filing each spring. So, if you have children under the age of 18 don’t be surprised when it arrives. Because it’s nearly impossible to k...

Blaine’s Bulletin: Summer Travel

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Summer is one of the best times of year. Kids are out of school, there’s more time to spend with family, and the days are longer and more beautiful. For many Missourians, it’s the perfect time to travel and take a long-awaited vacation with loved ones. Personally, my favorite place to travel when the weather warms up is the Lake of the Ozarks right here in our backyard. There are more miles of sho...

Blaine’s Bulletin: Independence Day 2021

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Freedom, fireworks, barbeques, parades, summer fun and all things red, white and blue – the Fourth of July is one of the best days of the year. There is something about our entire nation coming together to celebrate our independence and being American that makes me beam with pride to be a citizen of this country. We are the greatest nation in the world, and the way we celebrate Independence Day is...

Blaine’s Bulletin: The Origin of COVID-19

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To say a lot has changed since the very beginning of the pandemic when reports of a mystery virus started affecting people in Wuhan, China began would be an understatement of epic proportion. The coronavirus shut down nearly the entire world and caused billions of people to live in fear of a virus we knew very little about. And while the world struggled to handle this virus that has since claimed ...

Blaine's Bulletin: Broadband

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While Missouri’s Third District is home to our state capital and heavily populated areas like St. Charles County, our district is also home to many rural communities made up of small towns, farms and ranches. We have 13 counties that span from the Mississippi River as far west as the Lake of the Ozarks. No matter where you land on the map, broadband connectivity is most likely essential for your f...

Blaine's Bulletin: Getting Missouri Back to Work

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This week, the United States Department of Labor released the most recent jobs numbers that showed our nation had a record number of job openings in April at 9.3 million, surging by almost a million from the month before. This tells me a few things, but most importantly it shows that the job creators, which are largely entrepreneurs and small businesses, are delivering for our economy. Many of the...

Blaine’s Bulletin: Around the District

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Now that life in Missouri is back to normal, I have so enjoyed being able to get out in the district and interact with constituents again in recent months. Getting your direct feedback and being able to hear your concerns and opinions without having to log onto Zoom or Teams (or whatever the newest technology is) is so valuable and helps me serve you and your families that much better. Over the la...

Blaine’s Bulletin: Memorial Day 2021

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This Memorial Day Weekend, up to 500,000 people from far and wide are expected to travel to Lake of the Ozarks for a few days of boating, fishing, barbequing, supporting local businesses and visiting with loved ones. For many, this weekend marks the unofficial start to summer and an opportunity to kick it off with a weekend of warm weather fun. I certainly look forward to spending time with my fam...

Blaine’s Bulletin: Flood Protection

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With thousands of miles of shoreline along the Lake of the Ozarks, Mississippi River, Missouri River, and Osage River, Missouri’s Third District has seen more than our fair share of flooding over the years. We are at Mother Nature’s mercy with the amount of rain and snow we receive, but making sure our area is well-equipped with the necessary resources to handle flooding is always at the top of my...

Blaine's Bulletin: National Police Week

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On August 28, 2020, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Officer Tamarris Bohannon responded to a shooting call. This would be the 29-year-old father of three’s last day on the job, as the suspect proceeded to fire at Officer Bohannon, ultimately taking his life, leaving his children without a father, his wife without a husband and his colleagues at the St. Louis Police Department without one ...