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July 10, 2014


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What Employees Should Know

Over the past few weeks we’ve shared information with employees through Connections and MoDOT Now to help us all better understand the impacts of Amendment 7. If you haven’t yet taken the time, here’s another chance to review the key information.

 

While it is not our job to advocate for the amendment, or tell people how to vote, we do have a responsibility to help people understand the need for additional transportation funding and the benefits it provides. It’s about the safety of Missourians, our infrastructure and the economy of the state.

 

Constitutional Amendment 7

  • Is a ¾-cent sales tax (not charged on food, prescription medicine or gasoline).
  • A tax that is temporary for 10 years.
  • It generates about $540 million per year.
  • It can be used for any transportation purpose.
  • No tolls or fuel tax increase can take place during the 10-year period.
  • A project list showing all the projects that will be funded should the amendment pass has been approved by the Commission.
  • The complete project list and information about the amendment can be found on the website - http://www.modot.org/movingforward/

What Role Can Employees Play?

Employees need to know the basics listed above, and be willing to help the people understand what's on the project list. Remember, talk about what you know, your personal experiences as a MoDOT employees.

Here’s the three things you can tell your neighbor:

1. Everyone benefits from transportation.

2. Our roads and bridges are deteriorating. We can’t keep up with the needs.

3. When we make improvement to our roads and bridges we save lives with the things we do.

 
Protect Your Skin from UV Rays
sun protectionIn summer people flock to swimming pools, lakes, and beaches to soak up the sun in spite of all the warnings about sun damage. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One type of skin cancer, melanoma, is the deadliest form of cancer. The CDC states that 65-90 percent of melanomas are caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays.

July is UV Safety Month. Click on the Coventry’s safety flier and read this important information so you can take steps this month to protect your skin and prevent skin cancer - Sun Safety.

 
Guard Your Health With Preventative Care
wellness graphicWhen it comes to your health, what you don’t know can hurt you. Medical tests and screenings can help you find problems early when they are easier to treat. Vaccines and immunizations are also important for health protection.

Coventry Health Care wants to help you make the most of your health and benefits. That’s why we are giving you some recommendations for adults from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Be sure to talk to your health care provider about the tests and immunizations that are right for you. Ask when you should have them. Click on the flier for all the details - Preventative Care.

 
Central Office Happenings
lobby
Commission meeting attendees review Moving Forward displays and materials in the Central Office lobby. Photos by Cathy Morrison.

Commission Meeting Photos
Photos of Wednesday's Commission meeting and of attendees viewing the Moving Forward displays and materials in the Central Office lobby can be found on MoDOT's flickr site - Commission


mee zoneMEE Zone Event
Fad Diets
Tuesday, July 22
2 – 3 p.m.
Central Office HR Training Room B, 601 West Main
Or via video conference

This month’s MEE Zone event features Damien Motley from the Capitol Region Medical Center’s Healthplex. Damien will talk with us about Fad diets—why they might not be the best choice for you on your path to healthy and what might be a better approach weight loss. There will be time for you to ask any questions at the end of his presentation.

Space is limited for the class at Central Office, so check with your supervisor. You can sign up through the LMS Student Center. To attend in person, hit the Select button next to the course title Fad Diets - Central Office. If you are attending via video conference, please choose Fad Diets – District Attendance (VC). In the upper right corner, click Enroll in this Class.

 
 
 
 
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