So, what's the top priority for everyone? A package of tax credits affectionately known as "Aerotropolis," which would provide incentives for the creation of a hub for Chinese cargo at Lambert Airport.
This week, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., introduced legislation aimed at cracking down on unfair trade practices and boosting manufacturing jobs in the state.
McCaskill says many Missouri companies have expressed frustration that an increasing number of foreign shippers are using unscrupulous and illegal tactics to avoid paying penalties they owe for illegal trade practices.
She says the legislation will help in pursuing and successfully collecting duties.
Senator Claire McCaskill says after a month of traveling to Missouri businesses she’ll introduce legislation to better enforce U.S. trade laws.
The Democrat says too many foreign companies are engaging in unfair trading practices, such as mislabeling products to avoid paying duties.
McCaskill says her bill will require all importers to have a physical address to ensure easier tracking and new shippers will be required to pay cash for duties instead of posting bonds that sometimes go unpaid.
A special commission met in Jefferson City on Monday in an attempt to come to an agreement on redrawing State Senate distric boundaries. They adjourned without reaching a deal. The commission has until Aug. 18 to propose a tentative map.
Commission struggles to reach agreement on Senate districts boundaries
A panel of five Democrats and five Republicans met Monday and adjourned without reaching a deal on a new Missouri state Senate district map for the 34-member Senate. Commission leaders said the St. Louis area seems to be the biggest sticking point in adjusting the outlines of the state and Senate districts.