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Transportation funding measure heard in House committee

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A Missouri House committee is considering a bill to invest in the state’s transportation system through a fuel tax increase. House Bill 822 would increase the state’s fuel tax from 17 cents per gallon to 27 cents per gallon. A similar fuel tax increase was defeated at the ballot by Missouri voters in November. However, […]

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Senate venue and joinder bill sent to House

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Venue and joinder reform — legislation that’s considered critical to this year’s work to reform Missouri’s legal climate — made more progress this week as Senators completed work on their proposal. 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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Sharing our voice: Missouri — DC Fly-In

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The best way for the business community to have an impact in Washington DC is to show up in person and make our voice heard. That’s exactly what happened this week during the Missouri — DC Fly-In. Thirty participants joined in the trip this year, which is hosted and organized by the Missouri Chamber of […]

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STEM Day at the Capitol draws more than 400 students, educators & businesses

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On March 7, the annual STEM Day at the Capitol event drew more than double last year’s attendees as students, education supporters and business leaders rallied in the rotunda to celebrate Missouri’s growing math and science efforts. The celebration, hosted by the Missouri Chamber Foundation’s Mathematics and Science Coalition and Verizon, showcased several of the career opportunities STEM […]

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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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