From: Dan Mehan []
Sent: Friday, January 24, 2014 4:20 PM
To: Ms. Fran Kopsky
Subject: Missouri Chamber Direct - January 24, 2014

Right to Work talks continue in House committee 

The discussion about making Missouri a Right to Work state continued this week in a House committee. On Tuesday, Jan. 21, the House Committee on Workforce Development and Workplace Safety heard testimony on House Bill 1053, filed by Rep. Donna Lichtenegger, R-Jackson, and House Bill 1143, filed by Rep. Bill White, R-Joplin.

Déjà vu:  Corporate tax relief receives early hearings

While the bill number may be a coincidence, the fact that tax relief is among the first bills to receive hearings in the 2014 Legislative Session is not.  House Bill 1253 was among three tax cut bills heard by the House Committee on Ways and Means this week - legislation containing corporate tax relief provisions similar to the much publicized House Bill 253 of the 2013 Legislative Session.

Missouri Chamber supports restoring medical malpractice damage caps

The Senate Small Business, Insurance and Industry Committee discussed a bill to reinstate medical malpractice caps in Missouri this week. The committee discussed Senate Bill 589, which would re-establish legislation putting a cap on malpractice payouts. Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, the sponsor of the bill, thinks the cap should be restored in order to encourage more doctors to practice in Missouri.

Bill would help emerging businesses thrive

Angel Tax Credits are once again a topic in the Missouri legislature.  Bills offered by representatives Noel Torpey, R-Independence, and Denny Hoskins, R-Warrensburg, would expand and create tax credits for seed-financing capital for emerging businesses throughout the state.


Missouri Chamber testifies against legislation to block retail activity on certain holidays

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry opposes legislation that seeks to halt retail sales on Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas. Tracy King, Missouri Chamber vice president of governmental affairs, testified in opposition of House Bill 1284, legislation sponsored by Rep. Keith English.

Gov.  Nixon seeks to boost job training despite federal cuts

While Missouri expects to see a decrease in federal funding for job training in 2015, Gov. Jay Nixon has proposed to offset those cuts - and then some - with growing state revenue. Gov. Nixon is proposing to spend $162.8 million on job training next year, a roughly $1.6 million increase over the 2014 level.

Legislators begin work on bills to expand and transform Medicaid

With Missouri employers still on the hook for potentially billions of dollars in new health care costs, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry continues to strongly advocate for the expansion of the state's Medicaid program.

More than a pothole: Transportation conference brings stark warning

There was a stark, recurring theme during the 2014 Missouri Conference on Transportation - by 2017, there will not be enough funding to even continue maintaining our existing infrastructure. "Missouri transportation has made great leaps and bounds in the last 12 years in moving transportation forward in our state," said Joe Carmichael, chairman of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.

Missouri Chamber hires Kit Bond to assist in advocacy of Medicaid Expansion

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry has hired former U.S. Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond to help secure support from state lawmakers for a responsible approach to Medicaid expansion in Missouri.

 Save the date for the Missouri Chamber Day at the Capitol

Save the date for Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City for a day of networking, grassroots lobbying and learning about the legislative issues that impact Missouri employers. Take an active role in moving pro-jobs legislation this year.
Take part in "This Week in the Missouri Legislature" calls

Stay on top of the legislation impacting Missouri employers by participating in a bi-weekly discussion on the latest happenings in our state capitol. Join us for "This Week in the Missouri Legislature," our member-only conference call.