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Ending the Missouri/Kansas economic border war

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For years, Missouri and Kansas have been wasting economic development resources to lure jobs back and forth across State Line Road in Kansas City — with little actual job growth for either state. Earlier efforts to address this problem failed to result in a cease fire agreement. However, there is hope that with new leadership […]

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Venue reform passed by Senate committee

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A Missouri Senate committee has endorsed a bill to bring venue and joinder reforms to our state and curb litigation abuse. SB 7, sponsored by Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar), would clarify the state’s venue and joinder laws to ensure that cases are brought in the correct forum. The Senate Committee on Government Reform approved the […]

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Creating reasonable time limits for Missouri lawsuits

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Did you know that in Missouri your company can be held liable for a product it sold 50 years ago — even if you didn’t manufacture it? The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry is working to put a reasonable time limit on these lawsuits. On Feb. 5, the Missouri Chamber testified in favor of […]

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Stopping the proliferation of punitive damages

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Once rarely used, punitive damages are now all too commonly sought in Missouri lawsuits. A Missouri Senate committee is considering a bill to address this issue. “Unfortunately, over time the threshold for filing claims for punitive damages has decreased to the point where filing seems to often be a standard practice in certain types of […]

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Winning jobs and boosting workforce training with Missouri One Start

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Fifty-three percent of Missouri jobs are middle-skill, but only 46 percent of Missourians are trained to that level. Delivering tailored workforce solutions to Missouri companies and improving that number is the aim of one bill under consideration in House committee. Rep. Derek Grier (R-Chesterfield) was recently appointed as Chair of the House Economic Development Committee. […]

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Repairing Missouri’s deteriorating bridges

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It’s no secret that bridge infrastructure is an increasingly critical need in our state. MoDOT has identified more than 900 bridges in poor condition that Missouri’s families and businesses alike rely on. So when Gov. Parson announced his proposal to fund repairs for 250 of Missouri’s bridges, Sen. Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) took the lead by […]

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Incentivizing businesses and teachers to participate in externships

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Before Rep. Brenda Shields became an educator, she worked in the manufacturing industry. “The first 17 years of my adult work life were spent with the Quaker Oats company in St. Joseph, Missouri, as a logistics specialist. It was a wonderful experience and exposed me to all the jobs and trades in a modern manufacturing […]

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Expanding opportunities for Missouri workers to obtain industry licenses through apprenticeships

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From cosmetology to plumbing, a whole span of industries require licensure. Obtaining a license in Missouri requires hundreds of hours of education, which is a costly and time-consuming barrier for many Missourians. Rep. Derek Grier, a Republican from Chesterfield, wants to address that issue. “Expanding the access to those apprenticeship programs provides an alternative path […]

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Protecting small franchisees with SB 38

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Missouri’s small franchise owners are currently at risk of being linked to big lawsuits that only involve their national brand. This problem began in 2015 when the National Labor Relations Board created legal peril for these small local companies by replacing a clear, bright-line joint employer definition with a vague, multi-factored standard. Recent research showed […]

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Remembering Jo Frappier

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A note from Daniel P. Mehan, President and CEO of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry: I wanted to inform you about the passing of a member of the Missouri Chamber family: Jo Frappier. Jo became president of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 1990. As a former state representative and senator, […]

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