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House committee passes critical transportation funding effort

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Missouri lawmakers are moving closer to approving critically needed funding for Missouri’s transportation system. A committee in the Missouri House of Representatives has unanimously approved Senate Bill 262, legislation that would provide more than $500 million annually in additional funding for MODOT to put toward roads and bridges. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Dave Schatz […]

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Study: Transportation investment bill could have yearly economic impact of $1.8B, more than 17,000 jobs

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A broad coalition of transportation stakeholders, including the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Missouri AFL-CIO, has released a new study analyzing the economic impacts of a proposed transportation investment bill. The study was completed by Economic Leadership, LLC. Missouri has long had one of the lowest average gasoline taxes in the nation […]

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Senate approves water infrastructure upgrade bill

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On Thursday the Missouri Senate passed SB 44, a bill that would allow water and wastewater management providers to upgrade and repair systems proactively. “This saves ratepayers money. If you are going to replace a valve and you don’t have the ability to raise the capital to replace the valve now, when you replace it […]

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Missouri’s strongest advocacy groups back increased transportation investment

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A broad coalition of stakeholders has come together to inspire action on one of the most important competitiveness issues Missouri is currently facing – our transportation funding crisis. The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Missouri Chamber Federation, Missouri AFL-CIO, the Missouri Bankers Association and the Missouri Realtors are a few of the organizations […]

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Education package would bring more career pathway awareness to students

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A Senate and House committee each approved bills this week that would help our state gain an edge in the most critical asset for our future — talent. And while Missouri needs to upskill and reskill workers already in the labor pool, we must also focus on providing our students with a robust education and […]

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Personal delivery device legislation on the move

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Companies like Amazon, FedEx and others are in the process of testing technology that would enable machines to deliver goods directly to homes and businesses. Legislation is on the move in the Capitol that would open the door for these innovations to be deployed in Missouri — making it faster and more convenient than ever […]

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Tying jobless benefits to the unemployment rate

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On March 30, the Missouri Senate Committee on Small Business and Industry heard testimony on a bill which provides more weeks of benefits during a recession and fewer weeks when jobs are plentiful. Sen. Mike Bernskoetter, a Republican from Jefferson City, is sponsoring Senate Bill 622. Currently, unemployed Missourians can receive up to 20 weeks […]

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License flexibility for physicians

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On March 29, a Senate committee heard testimony on Senate Bill 300. This legislation adopts the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, which allows eligible physicians to receive an expedited license to practice in all states that are members of the compact. Bill sponsor Sen. Mike Bernskoetter (R-Jefferson City) said this compact was first adopted by seven […]

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Missouri Senate perfects statewide PDMP bill

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Missouri is the only state in the nation lacking a statewide prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP), which allows medical professionals to view what prescriptions their patients have been taking before they prescribe. Having access to this information empowers doctors to detect drug abuse early and provide appropriate care for patients at risk of addiction. Longtime […]

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Forced to close? New state tax break proposed

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Should businesses that were forced to close because of a government-mandated shutdown during COVID-19 have to pay tax on real and personal property for that time? Rep. Dean Plocher, the Missouri House Majority Leader, doesn’t think so. Plocher is sponsoring two versions of legislation to address this issue — House Bills 1406 and 1407, which […]

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