Missouri Business Headlines

Statement: Appeal denied, businesses cannot fund own PACs

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A ruling from the state’s Western District Court of Appeals continues a confusing situation for Missouri businesses — they can set up their own political action committees, but cannot fund them. The situation stems from a constitutional amendment passed by voters in 2016. The Missouri Ethics Commission subsequently released an opinion that interpreted the language […]

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2019 Leadership Missouri class kicks off in Jefferson City

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Missouri leaders are gathering in Jefferson City to begin an intense, seven-month program that will take them to communities throughout the state. Founded in 1990, Leadership Missouri identifies current and emerging leaders, enhances their leadership skills and deepens their knowledge of the state’s opportunities and challenges. The 2019 program begins on April 9 in Jefferson […]

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One Start proposal aims to streamline state’s job training programs

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In the Missouri Chamber Foundation’s Workforce2030 Report released last year, one recommendation that emerged from the data was to make workforce training programs more accessible for employers. “I know there must be lots of workforce programs, but we have never used them. Nobody has the time to figure them all out. I wouldn’t even know […]

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Senate committee takes up rural business tax credit legislation

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Rural business owners often can’t find investment capital to start up or expand their companies. A bill sponsored by Sen. Justin Brown would implement a new tax credit to help address this problem, which is holding back the economic potential of rural communities across Missouri. Senate Bill 477 is designed to enable the creation of […]

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House committee considers border war truce bill

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In February, the Missouri Senate passed Senate Bill 182 by Sen. Mike Cierpiot to end the practice of poaching jobs back and forth across State Line Road in Kansas City. On April 1, that bill was taken up for consideration in a House committee. Both Missouri and Kansas have been expending public funds to incentivize […]

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House Fast Track bill has Senate hearing

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A Senate committee is considering a bill to help thousands of Missouri workers enhance their job skills. On April 2, the Senate Education Committee listened to public testimony on legislation to create a grant program that could help working-age adult 16,000 Missourians pursue higher education to prepare for work in high-demand jobs. The proposal, called […]

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Committee approves bill to help small businesses save on health insurance

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In 2017, a new type of health insurance offering came to Missouri — a multiple employer welfare arrangement or MEWA, which enables smaller employers to pool together and share in the overall claims risk. This has given many small businesses in Missouri significant cost savings while maintaining or increasing the quality of coverage. However, current Missouri […]

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House bill to solidify alternative pathway to licensure moves to Senate committee

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Many Missourians who want to enter certain careers face a costly and time-consuming education hurdle. A bill to provide an alternative pathway to licensure through apprenticeship programs was recently passed in the House and is now under consideration in a Senate committee. “[Apprenticeships] are a proven model for producing skilled workers…As our workforce changes and […]

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House bill creating deal closing fund progresses to Senate committee

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Following its passage on the House floor, a bill to win more jobs for our state by creating a deal closing fund — a key business attraction strategy used by several of Missouri’s competitor states — is under Senate committee consideration. House Bill 255 would modify the Missouri Works tax credit program, allowing some credits to […]

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Sen. Eric Burlison seeks to curb frivolous slack-fill lawsuits

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Missouri is currently a battleground for a type of cash-grab lawsuit that is taking up valuable court time and resources in our state’s taxpayer-funded judicial system. “We call ourselves the Show-Me State but unfortunately, Missouri has become the Sue-Me State,” said Sen. Eric Burlison (R-Republic). Burlison is fighting to curb frivolous lawsuits involving slack-fill, the […]

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