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House committee hears STEM Fund legislation

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The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry is a strong supporter of science and math education in Missouri and was on hand to testify on behalf of House Bill 1640.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Ron Hicks (R-St. Peters), would modify the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fund. If passed, the bill would allow up to $5,000 in tax incentives to an employer that hires a student majoring in a STEM field for an internship that is a minimum of 15 hours per week and lasts for a period of at least 12 weeks.

“We really want to do everything we can to incentivize getting students inside the STEM workforce, giving them a valuable hands-on experience and this bill fully accomplishes that,” Ryan Stauffer, director of workforce and education policy for the Missouri Chamber, testified.

The Missouri Chamber will continue to advocate on behalf of preparing a workforce for the future and will be strong supporter of STEM education.

For more questions about education issues, contact Stauffer at rstauffer@mochamber.com or by phone at 573.634.3511.

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