Missouri Business Headlines

Expanding access to lower-cost health insurance for small businesses

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Rising health insurance expenses and the pressures of the federal Affordable Care Act remain major concerns for businesses across the state. These trends hit small businesses the hardest. In fact, 80 percent of Missouri business leaders expect their health care costs to increase significantly in coming years. And more than 70 percent say rising health […]

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Lawmakers stay focused on workforce

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The Missouri General Assembly continued its focus on improving the state’s workforce this week as several important proposals made progress. On Feb. 28, the Missouri House of Representatives approved an innovative bill to help upskill the more than 2.6 million Missouri adults who lack a postsecondary degree. The ability to access a skilled workforce remains […]

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Bill would limit silica lawsuits

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A Missouri Senate committee is considering a bill that would help stave off expected class action lawsuits over rock dust exposure. For some workers, a career spent working in an enclosed rock cutting environment can lead to a lung disease called silicosis. However, Sen. Eric Burlison, a Republican from Republic, is concerned that trial attorneys […]

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MMPA reform bills pass Senate committee

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A Missouri Senate committee has passed three bills aimed at stopping abuse of the state’s consumer protection act. Today, the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act is being used to file huge lawsuits against companies over superficial problems — such as having too much air in a candy package. The MMPA was originally enacted to prohibit deceptive […]

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Senate backs effort to end Missouri/Kansas economic border war

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The Missouri Senate has passed a measure to end the practice of poaching jobs back and forth across State Line Road in Kansas City. Both Missouri and Kansas have been expending public funds to incentivize businesses to make a short move across the border — with little actual job growth for either state. That’s led […]

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Senate supports critical venue reform bill

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Following a lengthy debate, the Missouri Senate has given first round approval to a bill that’s considered a cornerstone of the legislature’s work this session to reform the state’s legal climate. Senate Bill 7 addresses a longstanding issue which allows lawsuits with little-or-no connection to Missouri to be filed in plaintiff-friendly St. Louis and Kansas […]

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Protecting Critical Infrastructure

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On Feb. 27, a Senate committee heard a bill to strengthen penalties for tampering with critical infrastructure facilities. “This bill would protect both under-construction and operational facilities in the state of Missouri…electrical power generators, various natural gas stations and fiber optic lines, pipelines, storage related to water facilities, things like that,” said Sen. Lincoln Hough, […]

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Senate committee considers Expanded Workforce Access Act

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Who would you prefer to provide you with a service — a worker who has been to school in their area of study for a certain number of years, or a worker who is apprenticed and has been working hands-on in that field for the same amount of time? According to one poll, says Sen. […]

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Senate supports critical venue reform bill

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Following a lengthy debate, the Missouri Senate has given first round approval to a bill that’s considered a cornerstone of the legislature’s work this session to reform the state’s legal climate. Senate Bill 7 addresses a longstanding issue which allows lawsuits with little-or-no connection to Missouri to be filed in plaintiff-friendly St. Louis and Kansas […]

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Senators share MMPA reform ideas

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A Missouri Senate committee has heard a trio of bills aimed at stopping abuse of the state’s consumer protection act. Today, the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act is being used to file huge lawsuits against companies over superficial problems — such as having too much air in a candy package. The MMPA was originally enacted to […]

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