Missouri Chamber of Commerce

On the Trail
3:34 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Despite National Focus, Missouri Minimum Wage Vote Faces Murky Future

Democrats are hoping that focusing on increasing the minimum wage will pay dividends come election time. But chances of a Missouri ballot initiative are up in the air, at best.
Credit Erin Williams / St. Louis Public Radio

President Barack Obama sent a message during his State of the Union address to every mayor, governor and state legislator who want to increase the minimum wage: Don't wait on Congress, Americans will support more local government initiatives.

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Medicaid expansion
11:27 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Missouri Chamber Endorses Bill Expanding Medicaid To Low-Income Workers

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The Missouri Chamber of Commerce is lauding a new proposal to expand Medicaid. The business group says it would allow Missouri to take advantage of the $2 billion a year in federal subsidies that it currently has declined to accept.

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Digital Learning
6:22 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Study: Missouri Has 'Fallen Behind' In Providing Digital Learning To K-12 Students

(l-r) EEG's John Watson, Mo. Chamber Pres./CEO Dan Mehan, & Mo. Chamber Education VP Brian Crouse.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A study released Thursday by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry states that Missouri is "falling behind" when it comes to providing digital learning for K-12 students. 

The chamber commissioned the study, which was conducted by the Colorado-based Evergreen Education Group.  Chamber President and CEO Dan Mehan says although online learning options are available in the Show-Me State, most require tuition, while those that don’t are limited geographically.

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Politics & Issues
2:52 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Bond To Lobby For Missouri To Expand Medicaid

Former Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond
Credit File photo

Retired U.S. Sen. Christopher “Kit” Bond, R-Mo., is jumping into the Jefferson City debate over Medicaid expansion – and he’s on the side of  Gov. Jay Nixon and other expansion supporters.

Bond, a former two-term governor, has been hired as a lobbyist by the Missouri Chamber to try to persuade fellow Republicans in the General Assembly to drop their opposition and agree to take the federal aid which would cover all the expansion’s costs for three years and at least 90 percent thereafter.

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Politics & Issues
5:14 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Why The General Assembly Is Battling Over Right To Work

Monday's right-to-work hearing attracted a packed house
Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The first full week of the Missouri’s General Assembly is officially underway, and already the focus has shifted away from the expected topics – tax cuts and Medicaid expansion – and landed smack dab in the midst of a potentially bruising battle over labor rights.

The fight offers the potential of overshadowing other legislative issues for weeks, if not months.

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Economy
8:14 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Governor Nixon Fights Against Perry Radio Ad

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Governor Jay Nixon is taking action against a radio ad in which Texas Governor Rick Perry encourages Missouri businesses to leave for his state.

Nixon’s campaign committee is running an ad that defends Missouri as a better place to do business than Texas on St. Louis radio station KTRS. The station previously refused to run Perry's ad. 

Tax cuts
7:06 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Coalition Calling For Override Of Tax Cut Veto Brings Tour To Mo. Capital City

Members of the Grow Missouri Coalition include (l-r) Carl Bearden of United for Missouri, Bev Randles of Missouri Club for Growth, and Dan Mehan of the Mo. Chamber.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

While Governor Jay Nixon (D) continues touring Missouri to oppose efforts to override his veto of tax cut legislation, a group of business officials and political activists are trying to rally support for the override effort.

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Downsizing State Govt.
7:35 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Downsizing State Government Tour Ends At Mo. Capitol

The Mo. House Interim Committee on Downsizing State Government holds its final hearing at the Mo. Capitol on July 18, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A Missouri House committee looking at ways to downsize state government wrapped up its three-day tour across the state with three meetings Thursday, in St. Joseph, Columbia, and at the State Capitol in Jefferson City.

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Workplace discrimination bill
6:54 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Workplace Discrimination Bill Heard By Mo. House Committee

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Testimony was heard today on legislation that would redefine what constitutes workplace discrimination in Missouri.

If passed, workplace discrimination would have to be a motivating factor, not just a contributing one, in any wrongful action taken against a worker by an employer, which is the current federal standard.  Attorney Rich AuBuchon spoke in favor of the bill on behalf of his former employer, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce.  He told the House Committee on Workforce Development and Workplace Safety that the state’s current definition of discrimination is hurting Missouri’s economy.

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Morning round-up
9:39 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, September 14, 2012

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Unofficial recount results confirms Koenen victory

A recount has confirmed that Glenn Koenen won a Democratic primary for a suburban St. Louis congressional seat and will face Republican Ann Wagner in the November election.

Unofficial results of the recount released Thursday by the secretary of state's office show Koenen's margin of victory declined by two votes compared to the original count from the August 7th primary. But he still finished 46 votes ahead of Harold Whitfield in a four-person primary that drew a total of nearly 28,000 votes.

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