Missouri Business Headlines

House votes to help communities attract data centers

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Seeking to jolt their local economies, many Missouri communities are working to attract data centers—an effort aided by critical state-wide data center incentives passed last year. However, one important tool—the ability to waive local property taxes for data centers—remains largely out of reach for Missouri communities. To fix this issue, the Missouri House of Representatives […]

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Expert witness reform to face House test

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Update: Senate Bill 591 passed the Missouri General Assembly on April 27, 2016. It now needs a signature from the governor to become law. Thank you for your support in advance of the successful House vote! It’s no secret, Missouri has one of the worst legal climates in the nation—and that’s bad for business. A recent […]

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Leadership Missouri kicks off in Jefferson City

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For more than 25 years Leadership Missouri has identified current and emerging business and government leaders throughout Missouri with a mission to enhance leadership skills, and deepen participants’ knowledge of the economic challenges and opportunities facing the state. Another class began last week Jefferson City kicking off at the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry headquarters. […]

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Missouri Chamber supports effort to establish Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

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Rep. Holly Rehder continued her efforts to create a prescription drug monitoring program again this week, introducing HB 1892 in the Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee. The bill, known as the Narcotics Control Act, is an effort to rein in prescription drug abuse throughout the state. The act would require the Department of […]

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Biosimilars legislation headed to governor

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Safe, cheaper biologics medication may soon be on the way to Missouri. The General Assembly has approved a bill allowing pharmacists to provide more affordable biosimilar medications. Some Missourians currently rely on biologic medication to treat painful issues such as rheumatoid arthritis. However, these medications are often costly. To help reduce the cost and make […]

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Senate committee hears bill to protect arbitration agreements

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Rep. Kevin Corlew spoke to the Senate Small Business, Insurance and Industry Committee this week about House Bill 1718, which would protect employers’ rights in arbitration agreements. Missouri has gained an unflattering reputation as one of the most difficult states to enforce arbitration agreements. This legislation is designed to change that trend. “This legislation respects […]

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Dan Mehan testifies in opposition to SJR 39

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On April 12, 2016, Dan Mehan testified in opposition to Senate Joint Resolution 39 during a hearing held by the Missouri House Committee on Emerging Issues. Mehan is the president and CEO of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Statement on Senate Joint Resolution 39 The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry opposes Senate Joint […]

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Big loads on tiny roads—Carriers struggle to find routes through Missouri

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Every year, the truckloads moving across Missouri are getting bigger and bigger. And, disconcertingly, the state is turning to smaller and smaller roads to handle the job. More than 150,000 trucks carrying oversize or overweight loads cross Missouri annually. The state also sees about 2,500 trucks hauling massively heavy or bulky items—called superloads—each year. The […]

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Lack of rigor in high school costs students and the economy – legislation poised to reverse that trend in Missouri

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Only 15 percent of Missouri business owners believe that Missouri high schools are preparing students for the workplace, according to a Gallup survey commissioned by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  Missouri employers spend millions of dollars each year bringing new employees up to speed for the workplace. A nationwide report released by the […]

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Your voice needed: Key votes in the Missouri House

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With three important business priorities soon to be tested on the floor of the Missouri House of Representatives, the Missouri Chamber is asking for the business community to join us in advocating for Paycheck Protection and reforms to Missouri’s expert witness and collateral source statutes. In each case, the measures are expected to either pass […]

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