The following statements were released by Guernseys office Wednesday.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In his latest game of political brinksmanship, Governor Jay Nixon is risking the heart of Missouri’s economy: agriculture. With his veto of Senate Bill 9 and Senate Bill 342, foreign ownership of Missouri’s farmland will continue unabated. “The Governor knows without a doubt that Missouri’s statutes are being curtailed and farmland can and is being bought and owned by foreign interests,” said Rep. Guernsey. “Both of these bills would have capped amount of land foreign interests could own and also added accountability to the process foreign entities utilize to acquire Missouri land – accountability which is non-existent under Nixon’s watch. I can only assume the Governor does not understand the current dynamic or simply doesn’t care about protecting Missouri’s farming interests. Missourians should not be satisfied with either explanation.”State statutes dating back to 1978 intended to prohibit foreign ownership of farmland. As of December of 2011, more than 90,000 acres of Missouri farmland were owned by foreign interests. Governor Nixon, in an attempt to divert attention from his anti-agriculture vetoes, then signed HB 542, which raises fees on farmers by over 300%.“Just recently, Governor Nixon vetoed legislation that would increase fees to obtain a driver’s license, citing the cost to Missourians. But, in yet another demonstration of his disregard for our true economic engine, he boosted taxes on farmers by 300 percent.” Rep. Guernsey continued, “Last week, he was unconstitutionally threatening education and this week he’s begun raking Missouri’s family farms. We don’t need a “Do as I say, not as I do” Governor. Unfortunately, the Jay Nixon we’ve seen on TV campaigning in boots and blue jeans is not the Jay Nixon that now occupies the Governor’s Mansion.”Rep.
Guernsey represents Missouri’s 2 Missouri counties of Harrison, Daviess, Gentry, and De Kalb.
He serves as chairman of both the House Committee on Agri-Business and the Interim Committee on Emerging Issues in Agriculture Policy.