Missouri Business Headlines

Senate committee considers small business health insurance legislation

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In today’s tight labor market, many small businesses in Missouri strive to retain and offer value to their employees. Providing health insurance is often a fundamental part of those efforts, but small employers are struggling to keep up with its rising costs. What many of those employers likely don’t know is that the Missouri Chamber […]

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87 Rolla high school seniors recognized as Show-Me Scholars

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ROLLA — 87 of Rolla’s graduating high school seniors have earned “Show-Me Scholars” honors by fulfilling a pledge to take more rigorous classes during high school. Students who completed the program received Show-Me Scholars medallions and cords at an April 23 event to wear at their upcoming graduation ceremonies to highlight their accomplishments. The local […]

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Missouri Chamber, Boeing, MDHE to launch STEM scholarship program May 8

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This May, a new scholarship program launched by the Missouri Chamber Foundation in partnership with The Boeing Company and the Missouri Department of Higher Education will award $1,000 scholarships to 10 Missouri high school seniors who are dedicated to pursuing a STEM career pathway in college and beyond. Similar to signing days for athletes, the […]

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House passes bill creating 15-year time limit on product lawsuits

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A Missouri Chamber priority bill to establish a commonsense time limit on product liability lawsuits was passed by the Missouri House of Representatives on April 18. Currently in Missouri, trial attorneys can bring claims against products decades after the item was offered for sale. When so much time has passed, it’s often the case that […]

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Bill to streamline state’s job training programs passes Senate

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On April 18, the Missouri Senate passed a bill to streamline and improve the state’s workforce training programs. Senate Bill 184 sponsored by Sen. Wayne Wallingford will help: make Missouri’s job training resources easier for employers to use implement performance-based funding instead of a flat fee allow more of the funding to actually go toward job training and […]

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Truce nears in Missouri/Kansas border war

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Missouri lawmakers are continuing to push legislation that could finally end the economic border war between Missouri and Kansas. On April 16, the Missouri House Economic Development Committee passed Senate Bill 182 by Sen. Mike Cierpiot. The legislation would end the practice of poaching jobs back and forth across State Line Road in Kansas City. The Missouri Chamber […]

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Missouri Senate passes one-time transportation funding boost

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The Missouri Senate has passed a measure to provide a $350 million boost to transportation infrastructure repairs in Missouri. The plan, reached in compromise following weeks of discussion, would spend $50 million in the upcoming year to supplement the state’s transportation revenues. The state would borrow an additional $300 million for transportation needs if Missouri […]

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House committee approves punitive damages bill

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Trial lawyers in Missouri are all too often using the threat of costly punitive damages to help drive up payouts from businesses. On April 10, A House committee successfully passed House Bill 489 sponsored by Rep. Bruce DeGroot which would curb the overuse of punitive damages in Missouri. The bill also prevents employers from being […]

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House committee gives thumbs-up to small franchisee protection bill

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After passing in the Senate in February, a Senate bill to clarify the employment relationship in the franchise model got approval from a house committee on April 9. Sen. Bob Onder’s Senate Bill 38 addresses a 2015 decision by the National Labor Relations Board which created legal peril for small local companies by replacing a […]

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Missouri Senate moves forward on extraordinary transportation funding measure

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With our transportation system now ranking 48th in the nation in revenue per mile, the Missouri Senate is taking steps to devote additional state resources to speed up critical repairs. With their work on Senate Concurrent Resolution 14, the Senate is taking action toward creating a new, limited revenue stream to help address some of […]

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