Primary elections can be very important, but no more important than when the primary election IS the election for a seat in the Missouri Senate or the Missouri House of Representatives. This happens when more than one member of a political party runs for a particular House or Senate seat and no candidate files for the seat from any other political party. On August 7, Missouri voters will choose the winner of these primaries – 38 in all. There are three Republican primaries and two Democrat primaries for Missouri Senate seats. For Missouri House seats, eighteen Republican and fifteen Democrat seats will be decided by voters in the primary election. Click here for a list of these primary races, along with the most recent AIM vote rating for legislators who have served in the Missouri General Assembly. A higher rating indicates the legislator (or former legislator) voted with the pro-employer position taken by Associated Industries of Missouri.
This October, Associated Industries of Missouri (AIM) and the Taxpayers Research Institute of Missouri (TRIM) will host the largest statewide conference offered to Missouri tax professionals. As a company doing business in Missouri, it is imperative for you to be updated on the most current issues dealing with tax, which is why we would love to have you in attendance this year! The annual Missouri Tax Conference will be held October 17-19, 2012 at the Inn at Grand Glaize, Osage Beach, Missouri. General CLE/CPE credits, as well as ethics specific CLE/CPE credits, will be offered. To check out the hot topics we will discuss,and to register online, please click here. If you have any questions, please contact Candice Allen at the Associated Industries of Missouri office at 573-634-2246 or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Associated Industries of Missouri is all about business. We are a pro-business organization that stands up for business in the Missouri Capitol. As such, the issues we use to judge the performance of our legislators are important to most Missouri businesses – issues such as tax burden, worker’s compensation, environmental laws and rules, employment law and state regulations that affect business. Click here for the 2011 Missouri House scores and click here for the 2011 Missouri Senate scores. In the 2011 legislative session, we assessed legislators based on these bills: SB 188 would have aligned Missouri’s employment law with the federal human rights law and appropriately protected true whistle-blowers; SB 8 would have revised worker’s compensation laws to make sure occupational diseases continue to be covered under worker’s compensation and to prevent employees from suing each other in workplace accidents; HB 61 would have fixed Missouri’s minimum wage indexing problem – without the bill, the state’s minimum wage could be higher than the federal minimum
CLICK HERE to see Associated Industries of Missouri’s review of legislator voting records for the 2011 and 2012. Issues that were used to score the legislators included worker’s compensation reform, employment law reform, environmental regulatory reform, and state regulation reviews. We will provide more details later on the particular bills that were assessed. Stay tuned…
July 10, 2012 – Governor Jay Nixon has signed several bills today, including several priority bills of interest to Associated Industries of Missouri (AIM) members. The Governor signed HB 1540, an AIM-supported bill that will prevent employees from suing each other in most worker’s compensation cases. AIM led the charge to correct a flaw in the law that had been used by plaintiff’s attorneys to sue co-employees in regular work situations – injuries that should have been covered under worker’s compensation insurance as the exclusive remedy. HB 1504 contains an AIM provision that will allow purchasers to file sales tax refunds with the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) directly when a vendor refuses to participate in the refund process, or if the vendor voluntarily signs a release allowing the taxpayer to seek the refund directly from the DOR. The bill also limits penalties and interest that may be charged on city license taxes to the amount that is allowed for sales