Missouri Business Headlines

House committee tackles prevailing wage and paycheck protection

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A politician that uses taxpayer funds for personal political campaigns can be sent to jail.  Yet, current Missouri law allows thousands in taxpayers’ dollars to go to political campaigns every year unchecked, siphoned off of public employees’ paychecks in the form of union dues. Legislation heard in the Workforce Standards and Workplace Safety Committee this […]

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House proposal: Getting high school students certified for technical jobs

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State lawmakers are working to find ways to bolster the technical education available at Missouri high schools. One idea under consideration involves creating a new technical education certificate that high school students could earn alongside their diploma. A Missouri House committee heard testimony on this idea, contained in House Bill 1612, during a hearing on […]

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Brad Green joins Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry staff as Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs

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The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomes Brad Green as the organization’s new Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs. Brad Green joins the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s legislative affairs department, joining efforts to protect and advance Missouri business by advocating for pro-business legislation and policy in the State Capitol. He works directly with the state’s elected […]

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Brendan Cossette named Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Operating Officer

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Brendan Cossette has been named the chief operating officer of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the state’s largest business association representing more than 50,000 Missouri employers. In his new role, Cossette will provide strategic leadership and day-to-day operational direction to senior management and staff across the Missouri Chamber organization. In addition to directing […]

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Sen. Doug Libla pushes a plan to boost MoDOT funding

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A bill to provide a fix to the state’s impending transportation funding shortfall was heard today in the Senate Transportation Committee. Senate Bill 623 proposes an increase to the state’s fuel tax to ensure Missouri has adequate funding to maintain the state’s infrastructure. Senate Bill 623, sponsored by Sen. Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff, would increase […]

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Companies ask budget makers to focus on technical job training

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Speaking for the business community in his region, Charlie Glueck was clear about the educational needs in southeast Missouri. “We need good young people with technical skills,” said Glueck, the president of the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce. Glueck said his Jackson Tire Center is always looking for young employees who have experience working in […]

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Missouri Chamber testifies in support of bill to require people who testify as expert witnesses to actually be experts

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A Senate committee has begun discussing a common-sense bill that requires people who testify in court as expert witnesses – and who have the ability to significantly influence the outcome of cases – to meet basic standards. Brian Bunten, general counsel for the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, testified in support of the bill. […]

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Auditor will investigate Missouri’s languishing small business advocacy board

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JEFFERSON CITY — A new state audit will investigate Missouri’s Small Business Regulatory Fairness Board, which describes itself as operating at a “sub-par level.” With many Missouri companies continuing to struggle under unfair regulations, it’s time for the state to finally stand up for small business and re-energize this critical board. In announcing the audit, […]

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