From: Dan Mehan [publications@mochamber.com]
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Watch now: Chamber Direct video update

Get all the news about business legislation in the Missouri legislature in this quick video update. This week, we report on the Governor's reaction to a tax cut bill, protecting out state's transportation system, and an update on Medicaid transformation. Viewing time is .

 


Coming up this week at the Missouri Capitol

This week is the deadline for action by Gov. Jay Nixon on Senate Bill 509, and it is apparent that he will veto and attempt to block the tax break for Missouri workers and small businesses.  Unemployment insurance reform will be debated in the Missouri House.  A bill to increase transportation funding will be debated in the Missouri Senate.  For the latest action throughout the week, check our blog at www.mochamber.wordpress.com.



Taxpayers should demand a fact check of Gov. Nixon's anti-tax cut message , says Missouri Chamber President Dan Mehan

Following the Missouri House passage of Senate Bill 509, Gov. Jay Nixon wasted no time decrying the bill. Missouri Chamber President CEO Dan Mehan has penned an opinion editorial to get the record straight on the governor's ant-tax cut message.
Senator seeks to let Missourians vote on transportation funding


In a matter of years, Missouri's Department of Transportation will no longer be able to maintain the state's broad transportation system. Sen. Mike Kehoe is working to solve this problem with a proposal to let Missouri voters decide whether to create a new temporary one cent sales tax to help fund transportation needs.  

New report: Progress on Medicaid would help working Missourians

As the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry continues to push for a Missouri solution to Medicaid reform, a new study shows that such a solution would benefit the state's working individuals and families. Currently, Missouri has not agreed to accept up to $2 billion in annual federal funding to give 350,000 Missourians access to health care. A problem with Obamacare has left these Missourians with few options for receiving health care.  
 
House Committee hears patent trolling bill


In an effort to protect small business from scammers, the House Financial Institutions Committee held a public hearing on Senate Bill 706, sponsored by Sen. Mike Cunningham. The bill would prohibit bad faith assertions of patent infringement. This act creates a seven factor test that a court would consider when determining if a person has made a bad faith assertion of patent infringement.  
Bill passed by Senate would help Missouri businesses forgo layoffs


 

For years, many Missouri employers have relied on the federal Shared-Work Program to help avoid layoffs during temporary work slowdowns. The program has protected Missouri families from economic swings and allowed businesses to retain their skilled workers. Now, state lawmakers must act this year to allow Missourians to continue to access this beneficial program. 
 
 
Across Missouri, hospitals anchor regional economies


As Missouri's hospitals await legislative action on Medicaid reform, hospitals continue to serve as economic engines across our state. Statewide, hospitals provide employment to more than 152,000 Missourians. In 2012, annual wages were $7.5 billion, with an additional $1.9 billion in provided benefits. Read more in this Missouri Business special report.
2014 sponsorship opportunity for youth leadership program

The Missouri Chamber Education Foundation's 18th annual Leadership In Practice sponsorship opportunities are now available for this summer's 2014 statewide leadership camp.  This June 22 - 25, 2014, we will once again bring together some of Missouri's best rising sophomore students from across the state for three days of intensive leadership training.  
 
Is your company a great place to work? Enter to be recognized in Missouri Business Magazine

Is your company a great place to work? Then make it official!  Enter your company to be recognized as one of the best places to work in Missouri.  Five businesses will be recognized in our first -ever celebration of outstanding workplaces in a special edition of Missouri Business Magazine.  The awards will be presented during a conference at the Reynolds Alumni Center at the University of Missouri-Columbia on October 23, 2014.
  
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.