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Gov. Eric Greitens sits down for an interview with St. Louis Public Radio in downtown St. Louis on July 17, 2017.
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Gov. Eric Greitens is taking his smaller-government message to Missouri’s agriculture industry, ahead of the 2018 legislative session that begins next month.

The first-year Republican governor told Missouri Farm Bureau members at their annual gathering this week that his administration is poised to roll back “tens of thousands” of regulations that affect farmers, ranchers and agribusiness.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens’ online savvy extends beyond signing bills and executive orders on Facebook. This summer, he launched a website to crowdsource public policy ideas and ways to be more efficient through May 2018.

It’s an effort that’s used in several other states where Republicans are at the helm. But some argue it’s being used to raise Greitens’ national profile and to target regulations that protect things like consumers and the environment.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 9, 2013 - Too frequently those who examine public policy dwell on the creation of a law and then on results, usually quantifiable. How the law is implemented is overlooked. Yet, implementation may be key to policy success or failure.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 30, 2012 - As CEO of this great financial institution, I remind this shareholder gathering that we have $5 billion in toxic loans, many awaiting foreclosure. The market has built into our stock price the losses this implies, and if we continue current policies, equity value will increase.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 14, 2011 - WASHINGTON - Imagine a cadre of inspectors taking air samples near dry dirt roads and corrals in rural Missouri and Illinois. If they find too much "farm dust" in the wind, the enforcers would dole out stiff fines to hapless farmers or ranchers.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 7, 2008 - More than 50,000 Chinese infants are seriously ill this week because of a failure of Chinese government food safety regulators to do their job. The toxic chemical melamine was being added to baby food milk to disguise the fact that the milk had been diluted to raise milk dealers' profits. Regulators missed this because they were relying upon a cheap and easily fooled test.