Missouri Business Headlines

Trial attorneys willing to invest thousands in upcoming elections to keep St. Louis City as a litigation destination

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Following the recent $4.7 billion verdict against Johnson & Johnson, Missouri made national news as legal experts from around the country highlighted Missouri’s weak venue statutes, low standards for admitting expert witness testimony and St. Louis City’s historically plaintiff-friendly juries. “Missouri courts are an increasingly dangerous place for businesses,” said Missouri Chamber General Counsel Justin […]

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Missouri Chamber urges repeal or delay of the Health Insurance Tax

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The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry has sent a letter to U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt urging repeal or delay of the Health Insurance Tax (HIT) provision in the Affordable Care Act. The HIT is levied on participants in the fully-insured market, where 87 percent of small businesses purchase their health insurance. The HIT will […]

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Greitens administration urges ideas from employers to help reduce red tape

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Gov. Greitens has launched a new website to give Missouri employers a chance to speak out against regulations that are harming business. Here, employers can submit recommendations to reduce government red tape. The administration has assembled a team to act on these recommendations. “Missouri has more than 113,000 regulatory requirements. Our state’s regulations have more […]

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Missouri is making gains in economic rankings

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Missouri has taken a significant leap up in CNBC’s annual ranking of America’s Top States for Business. The Show-Me State earned the overall ranking of 22 among 50 states in 2017, up from a ranking of 31 in 2016. Missouri scored the most points for the state’s low cost of business and infrastructure. For the […]

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Gov. Eric Greitens signs Senate Bill 43

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Daniel P. Mehan, president and CEO of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has issued the following statement: “On behalf of Missouri’s business community, I would like to thank Gov. Eric Greitens for signing Senate Bill 43. This new law ends a decade-long period where Missouri was one of the easiest places in the […]

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The Missouri Chamber applauds Gov. Greitens’ pick to head the Missouri Department of Economic Development

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The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry voiced its support as Gov. Greitens filled a position critical to Missouri employers. Greitens named Rob Dixon as Director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development. “We are very excited about the announcement. Rob is a proven professional in the economic development field and this announcement is great […]

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Senate vote sends Gov. Greitens legislation to reverse two costly workers’ compensation court rulings

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When someone is injured on the job, Missouri’s workers’ compensation system ensures there are resources available to help that person recover and return to work. The Missouri Senate has voted to protect this vital employer-funded program from two costly Missouri Supreme Court rulings. The bill, Senate Bill 66, sponsored by Sen. Dave Schatz, a Republican […]

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St. Louis City’s minimum wage rises to $10 per hour

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On May 4 in a St. Louis circuit court, Judge Steven Ohmer lifted the injunction on a city ordinance allowing St. Louis City to raise its minimum wage to $10 an hour. The increase goes into effect on May 5. “This move will raise labor costs up to 25 percent for some St. Louis City […]

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