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Action Alert: Ask your state senator to stop venue abuse

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In 2005, the Missouri legislature passed legislation to curb litigation abuses of plaintiff lawyers who would shop around to find the most sympathetic courtrooms that would end in bigger judgments. Plaintiff lawyers are now abusing a process known as joinder to get around the 2005 reforms so they can file their lawsuits and bring defendants from […]

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Right-to-work: Where Missouri’s law stands today

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It’s been over a year now since Gov. Eric Greitens signed right-to-work into law in Missouri. The passage of the law seemed to settle a half-century long discussion over whether Missouri would join with dozens of other states and ensure that workers are not required to join a union and pay dues. The provisions were […]

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How does transportation infrastructure impact your business?

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During the Missouri Chamber’s recent Transportation Future Summit, state and national stakeholders discussed problems and opportunities ahead for the state’s transportation system. Does your business rely on Missouri having a reliable, well-maintained transportation system? Please let us know how the state’s transportation infrastructure impacts your company.

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House lawmakers take up tax reform

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The state tax reform discussion at the Capitol continues, this time with House Bill 2540 brought forward by Rep. Elijah Haahr, a Republican from Springfield. The Speaker Pro Tem’s proposal reduces the corporate tax rate from 6.25 percent to 5 percent. In addition, it eliminates the top two income tax rate brackets for individuals so […]

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A celebration of STEM education

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Hundreds of students, education supporters and business leaders rallied at the Missouri Capitol Rotunda on March 1 to celebrate the state’s growing math and science efforts. The annual STEM Day at the Capitol, hosted by the Missouri Chamber Foundation’s Mathematics and Science Coalition and Verizon, showcased the opportunities STEM education provides. Throughout the day, student groups […]

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Enroll your company in the Buy Missouri program

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Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson has launched a new website allowing Missouri companies to register for the state’s new Buy Missouri program. The program recognizes and promotes products made within the borders of Missouri while strengthening the state’s economy. “Our state has hundreds of quality products, and deserve the recognition that Buy Missouri will bring to them,” […]

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Computer science bills near passage in House and Senate

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Efforts to enhance computer science and STEM skills for students across Missouri are advancing under two bills nearing passage in their respective chambers. If passed, the bills would allow Missouri high school students to take one computer science course instead of taking a math, science or elective class. The legislation would give education leaders and […]

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Missouri’s first adult high school could open this fall

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In today’s world, a high school diploma is in most cases a prerequisite for work. However, this is a major problem for the estimated 500,000 Missouri adults who have not completed their high school education. This situation is well understood by MERS Missouri Goodwill Industries. The organization is the state’s largest provider of welfare-to-work services, […]

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Missouri Chamber Wins Glyphosate Case

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Thanks to a ruling by a U.S. District Judge, the State of California was halted from requiring a misleading cancer warning label to be added to packaging when glyphosate herbicide is used in food production. The ruling is an important victory for our state. The herbicide in question is commonly and safely used on farms […]

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Missouri Chamber opposes minimum wage hike

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On Feb. 27, the Senate Small Business and Industry Committee heard three Senate bills that would raise Missouri’s minimum wage rate. SB 801 by Sen. Jamilah Nasheed raises the rate to $8.60 per hour in 2019 with 85-cent increases for the following four years to reach $12 by 2023. SB 680 by Sen. Jacob Hummel […]

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