Missouri Business Headlines

Committee passes unemployment fund bill

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During past economic recessions, Missouri took on massive debt to pay out unemployment benefits. This cost employers millions in interest in addition to what they usually paid into the state’s unemployment fund. On March 25, a House committee passed a bill to shore up the fund and help prevent such debt in the future.  Rep. […]

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Tech takes off in Missouri: Highlights from the Technology 2030 Conference

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On March 20-21, the Missouri Chamber’s Technology 2030 Conference in St. Louis brought together state technology industry leaders, policymakers, and experts from around the nation. The Missouri Chamber Foundation released the Technology 2030 Report, an in-depth study of Missouri’s tech sector. Presenters and attendees shared best practices and discussed policy changes our tech firms and […]

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Fuel tax bill to fund transportation heard in Senate committee

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As the legislature looks at many approaches to increasing road and bridge funding, Sen. Doug Libla, a. Republican from Poplar Bluff, brought one possible option before a Senate committee on March 14. Libla’s Senate Bill 430 would raise the state’s fuel tax to a total of 23 cents per gallon over three years, in 2-cent […]

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Hispanic Chamber — Having a voice in Jefferson City

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The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis traveled to Jefferson City this week to advocate for its region’s Hispanic business community. “I think for our members, the most important issues to be addressed in Jefferson City are creating opportunities and allowing our business members to have those opportunities. Now some of that is just […]

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Incentivizing capital investment in rural businesses

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Businesses looking to either start up or to expand in Missouri’s rural areas often find it difficult to secure the investment capital they need. This week, two Missouri representatives proposed a new tax credit to help address that. One of them is Assistant Majority Floor Leader Rep. J. Eggleston, a Republican from Maysville. “Over 95 […]

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Aligning education standards and employer needs

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A Missouri House committee is considering a bill to help align the state’s education standards to employer needs. House Bill 1024 would establish a task force to explore how to revise the education standards to ensure Missouri students are graduating with relevant skills for today’s jobs. Bill sponsor Rep. Shamed Dogan, a Republican from Poplar […]

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Shoring up Missouri’s unemployment fund

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During past recessions, Missouri has needed to take on massive debt from the federal government to pay out unemployment benefits. This cost employers millions of dollars in interest in addition to what they normally pay into the state’s unemployment fund. House Bill 217 is designed to solve that problem. The bill increases the fund’s minimum […]

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Transportation funding measure heard in House committee

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A Missouri House committee is considering a bill to invest in the state’s transportation system through a fuel tax increase. House Bill 822 would increase the state’s fuel tax from 17 cents per gallon to 27 cents per gallon. A similar fuel tax increase was defeated at the ballot by Missouri voters in November. However, […]

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Senate venue and joinder bill sent to House

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Venue and joinder reform — legislation that’s considered critical to this year’s work to reform Missouri’s legal climate — made more progress this week as Senators completed work on their proposal. Senate Bill 7 addresses a longstanding issue which allows lawsuits with little-or-no connection to Missouri to be filed in plaintiff-friendly St. Louis and Kansas […]

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