Meramec Electrical Products Named NIST MEP Manufacturer of the Week

Rolla, Missouri, November 16, 2011 – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) named Cubabased AIM Member Meramec Electrical Products Company as its national Make It in America Manufacturer of the Week for November 16 – 23, 2011. The company is being featured on the national Manufacturing Extension Partnership Website at http://www.nist.gov/mep/america.cfm Nick Sanazaro, Meramec president, said, “There will only be 52 companies chosen nationwide, so it’s a great honor to be chosen for this program.”

Provider Taxes Valuable to Missouri Businesses and Residents

You may access the report by clicking here. A new report from the University of Missouri concludes that congressional proposals to reduce federal Medicaid cost sharing in Missouri could harm the state’s economy and lead to significant increases in the cost of health insurance for Missouri’s employers. The report was commissioned by the Taxpayer Research Institute of Missouri within Associated Industries of Missouri. “The congressional ‘super committee’ is charged with reducing federal funding by $1.2 trillion,” said Ray McCarty, president of Associated Industries of Missouri. “This report points to the significant economic damage that would result from using Medicaid provider assessments to reduce federal expenditures. Like many states, Missouri utilizes provider assessments to help fund the Medicaid program. Because of Missouri’s significant reliance on this funding mechanism, the proposal being considered in Washington, D.C. would disproportionately harm the state and could burden employers with higher costs for insurance. The uncertainty created by the lack of funding would hurt our ability to

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Effort to Stop Costly EPA Regulation Fails in U.S. Senate

November 10, 2011 – Senate Joint Resolution 27, sponsored by Sen. Rand Paul, would have disapproved a rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency regulating the interstate travel of emissions from power plants.  That rule will, according to the EPA, add an estimated $800 million per year in increased costs for utility companies in addition to the $1.6 billion in capital improvements already planned by utility companies to comply with the existing Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR). The National Association of Manufacturers, in an action supported by Associated Industries of Missouri, filed a petition with the EPA to block implementation of the rule, citing the impact to all electricity users that would result from the rule.  Click here for the full petition by NAM. Senator Roy Blunt supported Paul’s resolution, while Senator Claire McCaskill voted against further consideration of the resolution.  Further consideration of the resolution was defeated on a 41-56 vote, with some Republican senators voting against the resolution.  Click here

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