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MoDOT Director: Not investing comes at a cost

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What’s the price of not investing in transportation? On Feb. 22 at the Missouri Chamber’s Transportation Future Summit, MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna had a sobering answer. With the 7th largest transportation system in the U.S. but a ranking of 46th in revenue per mile, Missouri has accumulated more than $800 million in unfunded needs. And […]

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Federal transportation discussion takes a new direction

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In Washington D.C. there’s been a major change in the conversation about transportation funding — and it’s time for Missouri to prepare for what comes next. That was the message from national transportation expert Ed Mortimer during the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Transportation Future Summit on Feb. 22. Mortimer, the executive director of […]

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Tax reform bill approved by Senate committee

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Work to bring tax reform to Missouri took a step forward on Feb. 13 as a Senate committee approved a wide-ranging bill. The legislation passed by the Senate Ways and Means Committee would reduce the personal income tax rate paid by most Missourians from 6 percent to 5.25 percent. Further reductions to the personal income […]

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Senate gives first round approval to utility modernization bill

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The Missouri Senate has given first round approval to a bill that will help modernize the state’s utility infrastructure while hastening the passage of more than $100 million in federal tax savings to Missouri utility customers. Senate Bill 564 is sponsored by Sen. Ed Emery, a Republican from Lamar. The bill includes a provision that will […]

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House committee approves punitive damage reform bill

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A Missouri House committee has approved a bill to stop a costly trial attorney trick often used to drive up payouts from businesses. House Bill 2119, approved by the House Special Committee on Litigation Reform by a vote of 9-2, relates to punitive damages. Currently in Missouri, trial attorneys often use the threat of punitive […]

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Boosting Missouri’s workforce with computer science education bills

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Two similar Senate bills were jointly heard in committee on Feb. 6 that would improve and expand computer science education in Missouri. The legislation would require the state to develop computer science standards, create a certification for teaching computer science and establish a fund for teacher professional development. The legislation also seeks to encourage more […]

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Tying Jobless Benefits to the Unemployment Rate

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Legislation to tie Missouri’s jobless benefits to the state unemployment rate continues to make progress at the Capitol. House Bill 1409 was passed by the House Employment Security Committee on Jan. 23. On Feb. 5, it also passed the Rules Administrative Oversight Committee by a vote of 9-5. That bill is sponsored by Rep. Scott […]

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Stopping outlandish punitive damage awards

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In our legal system, punitive damages can be a useful tool used to punish defendants that intentionally cause harm. But in Missouri, punitive damages are too often being abused by trial attorneys in an attempt to drive up payouts from businesses. That’s where House Bill 2119 by Rep. Kirk Mathews comes in. “The purpose for […]

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