From: Dan Mehan [publications@mochamber.com]
Sent: Friday, March 07, 2014 2:32 PM
To: Ms. Fran Kopsky
Subject: Missouri Chamber Direct From Dan Mehan - March 7, 2014


Major economic development bills move through the House this week

This week the Missouri House gave final approval to legislation that would create several new business incentives that have been priorities for the Missouri Chamber. The bill, House Bill 1501, sponsored by Rep. Anne Zerr (R-St. Charles) was third read and passed on Thursday and creates tax breaks for computer data centers, freight forwarders and angel investors in new high-tech businesses.

House passes legislation to protect health care access and keep doctors in our state; Senate considers even broader tort reforms

The capitol was full of white-coated Missouri doctors who came to encourage lawmakers to support legislation that would protect access to health care and keep doctors in our state.  Lawmakers showed their support, by taking action on a priority of the medical community: reinstating non-economic damage caps on medical malpractice claims.
Proposed resolution aims to eliminate Merchants' and Manufacturers' replacement tax


This week the Missouri House Ways and Means Committee held a public hearing on House Joint Resolution 76, which would create a constitutional amendment that allows local governing bodies to reduce the merchants' and manufacturers' replacement tax rate by a majority vote of the governing body of the count.

House Committee explores uniform start date for public schools
In an effort to create a more standardized start date for schools across Missouri, this week the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee held a public hearing on a bill that would create a uniform date for schools to open and close. House Bill 1139 would require that Missouri students in public schools attend for a minimum of 1,085 hours.
 
Lawmakers push bills that would level the playing field in Missouri between Internet and Main Street marketers


Sales tax from internet sales - revenues state legislatures have been chasing for years - is starting to arrive in states that have passed measures to harness these dollars. This week in Missouri, the House Committee on Ways and Means heard testimony on a House Bill 1477, sponsored by Rep. Rick Brattin, R-Harrisonville.
Senate challenges proposed tax cut compromise

The Missouri Senate debated a tax cut bill this week but a vote was delayed as more discussion is needed about the proposal. Senate Bill 509, sponsored by Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee's Summit, would lower Missouri's personal and business income taxes depending on different criteria.
 
Students, educators rally at 2014 STEM Day at the Capitol

Matthew McKean is eager to explain the features of the LEGO robot he built along with his friends. Matthew, a fourth grader at Kennerly Elementary School, holds the robot in his hand, pointing out how their robot could help fight wildfires-interacting with ambulances, moving power generators, signaling to aircraft.

Federal budget proposal taps employers for $74.1 billion unemployment tax increase

In his proposed budget for fiscal year 2015, Pres. Barack Obama looks to employers for an additional $74.1 billion over 10 years for the unemployment insurance system. Pres. Obama's proposal would bring back the .2 percent surtax and make it permanent. In addition, it would make changes to the FUTA wage base, create an index allowing the wage base to grow and change the federal unemployment insurance tax.

 
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.