Senate Adjourns Special Session

October 25, 2011 – Moments ago, the Missouri Senate adjourned the special legislative session. Senate President Pro Tem Robert Mayer said in a statement issued last Friday, October 21, “I believe we are at an impasse, and the  differences are irreconcilable in the short time remaining in special  session. As such, on Monday, Oct. 17, a determination was made that the  only remaining viable option was for the Senate to make a motion for the House  to pass the Senate version of SB8.” The House has not adjourned at this time, but it takes both chambers to pass legislation, so the adjournment of the Senate effectively ends the special legislative session.

2011 Next Generation Manufacturing Study Results

Two years ago, in 2009, Missouri Enterprise and the American Small Manufacturers Coalition (ASMC) conducted the groundbreaking Next Generation Manufacturing (NGM) Study. That Study identified key trends affecting the industry and steps U.S. manufacturers could take to be successful in the next generation and beyond. Last month, Missouri Enterprise and ASMCC released the results of its 2011 Next Generation Manufacturing Study. According to the 2011 NGM Study this is a critical time for U.S. manufacturing and manufacturers must assess whether they have the workforce, business systems, equipment and strategies in place to successfully compete in the future.   “While external factors, like the economic downturn present challenges, manufacturers can remain competitive by focusing on six strategies assessed by the NGM Study as a blueprint for success,” said Missouri Enterprise President and Chief Executive Officer Dusty Cruise.  “The six strategic areas assessed in the Next Generation Manufacturing Study serve as a road map for success to help U.S. manufacturers thrive in the

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Economic Development Bill Stalls in Senate

October 11, 2011 – The Missouri Senate convened late yesterday afternoon only briefly, to officially accept the message from the Missouri House, that the House had passed a very different version of the Senate’s economic development bill.  The Senate then adjourned until next Monday, October 17, at 4:00 p.m.  At that time, a motion could be made to send the bill to a conference committee to work out differences, the Senate could simply accept the new House version (not likely at all) or the Senate could adjourn without taking any further action on the bill.  If the bill is not passed, the Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act (MOSIRA) that has already been presented to Governor Nixon, may not take effect.  A clause was added to the MOSIRA legislation, saying it would not be effective unless the economic development bill is passed.  Some question whether this clause will be followed or upheld by the courts. Included in both versions of the

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AIM Replay: Former Attorney General John Ashcroft Addresses AIM Leadership Event

Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft addressed the “2011 Show Me Leadership Event” hosted by Associated Industries of Missouri on January 12, 2011.  Also addressing the crowd were the leadership of both parties in the Missouri House and Senate and many legislators also attended the event.  Of interest is his mention of the uncertainty created by government and its impact on business leader’s ability to create jobs.  His comments hold true today, as business leaders still must hold back on hiring and expanding to see if resources will be needed to meet the never-ending stream of new government regulations. Here is a video of the speech to the group by General Ashcroft (if you are unable to use these high definition links, please use the regular definition links in the next section: HIGH DEFINITION: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwptDw7m4R0&hd=1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMa8BDXXNC0&hd=1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHH9Fj6bg-Q&hd=1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWeTGuYMdg4&hd=1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNFTX8tT71c&hd=1 REGULAR DEFINITION: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwptDw7m4R0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMa8BDXXNC0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHH9Fj6bg-Q http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWeTGuYMdg4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNFTX8tT71c We thank Missouri News Horizon for providing the videos and making them public on

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AIM’s Week In Review – October 6, 2011

Associated Industries of Missouri Congratulates Ford Motor Company on Investment & Jobs Announcement Associated Industries of Missouri (AIM) congratulated AIM-member Ford Motor Company on this week’s announcement that, as part of the next Ford-UAW contract, if ratified, Ford will invest $1.1 billion and create more than 1,600 additional jobs in the Kansas City area over the next four years. “Today’s announcement is the result of a lot of hard work by many people,” said AIM President Ray McCarty, and co-chairman of the Ford 2020 Task Force. “Associated Industries is especially grateful to the sponsors of the legislation, Representative Jerry Nolte (R-33, Gladstone) and Senator Luann Ridgeway (R-17, Smithville), and Governor Jay Nixon for calling a special session in 2010 to pass the Manufacturing Jobs Act. The incentives that made this possible are the type of incentives that should make Missouri legislators and taxpayers proud. Today’s  announcement shows that job retention and investment incentives not only help preserve our existing jobs, but

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Economic Development Bill Clears House Committee

October 5 – After a lengthy stay in the House Economic Development Committee, the economic development bill, Senate Bill 8, was approved by the Committee, clearing the way for full debate by the House of Representatives on Thursday. The House did not approve the Senate version of the bill, but substituted their own language. The House is scheduled to begin debating the bill at 9:00 Thursday morning. Stay tuned for more updates…

Associated Industries of Missouri Congratulates Ford Motor Company on Investment and Jobs Announcement

Jefferson City, MO – Associated Industries of Missouri (AIM) applauds the announcement today that as part of the next Ford-UAW contract, if ratified, Ford will invest $1.1 billion and create more than 1,600 additional jobs in the Kansas City area over the next four years. “Today’s announcement is the result of a lot of hard work by many people,” said Ray McCarty, president of Associated Industries of Missouri and co-chairman of the Ford 2020 Task Force. Associated Industries is especially grateful to the sponsors of the legislation, Representative Jerry Nolte (R-33, Gladstone) and Senator Luann Ridgeway (R-17, Smithville) and Governor Jay Nixon for calling a special session in 2010 to pass the Manufacturing Jobs Act.  “The incentives that made this possible are the type of incentives that should make Missouri legislators and taxpayers proud.  Today’s announcement shows that job retention and investment incentives not only help preserve our existing jobs, but help our Missouri companies expand their investments in capital and

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Special Session Update: Economic Development Bill – House Hearing Scheduled Wednesday

Jefferson City –  The House Economic Development Committee is scheduled to meet and vote on a version of SB 8, the economic development legislation, on Wednesday, October 5, at 2:00 p.m. in House Hearing Room 3.  There will be no testimony at the hearing, only discussion and vote by the Committee.  Procedurally, the next step would be to send the bill to the House Rules Committee which has also posted a hearing for 5:00 p.m. Wednesday.  The bill could be considered by the full House on Thursday. If the House changes the bill (as expected), the bill will be referred to the Senate for their consideration following the House’s work.  Any differences would need to be resolved by a conference committee, although House leadership has stated publicly they are not interested in considering the bill in conference. Here is a link to one story on the issue by Missouri News Horizon: http://missouri-news.org/news/politics/committee-chair-wants-to-give-economic-development-bill-a-chance/9445