From the “you can’t make this stuff up” department: The U.S. EPA has fined the U.S. Air Force $12,823 for violations of RCRA Underground Storage Tank regulations! The EPA has proven to be an agency much more interested in fining violators than helping folks comply with the environmental laws, but this really takes the cake! Who will pay that $12,823? American taxpayers. The U.S. Air Force exists to keep us safe, and defense is a core function of government that nearly everyone agrees needs to be adequately funded. The same cannot be said for the EPA. Let’s hope Congress remembers this ridiculous behavior when they are looking for places to cut budgets on January 1. Perhaps they can use the $9 billion currently allocated to the EPA to help fund defense programs. Here is the link to the EPA’s press release (yes, that’s right, they’re proud of the fact they have fined themselves): http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0/2AD0E85BA388644D85257A870065AD57
September 27 – Associated Industries of Missouri President/CEO Ray McCarty will represent AIM on Mark Reardon’s radio show this afternoon. The program will air on KMOX, “The Voice of St. Louis”. AIM has served as the “Voice of Missouri Business” since 1919. The topic today is the Obama administration’s assault on the use of coal for electricity generation and the impact that will have on Missouri businesses. The EPA has issued the “Utility MACT” regulation that will continue the President’s assault on the use of coal as a fuel source for electricity generation. A resolution to void the regulation was rejected by the U.S. Senate in June, with Sen. Roy Blunt voting in favor of the resolution voiding the regulation and Sen. Claire McCaskill opposed to the resolution and supporting the regulation. “Clearly few Missourians and Missouri businesses have realized the large impact this will have on their utility bills and costs of operation,” said Ray McCarty. “As part of the Count on Coal campaign,
Governor Jay Nixon recognized Ford Motor Company with the Governor’s Business Project of the Year Award on September 18. The award was accepted by Len Deluca, Director of Commercial Truck Sales and Marketing and Todd Jaranowski, Stamping Plant Launch Manager, on behalf of the Ford Motor Company at the Annual Joint Luncheon of the Clay County Economic Development Council, Platte County Economic Development Council and the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce. AIM President Ray McCarty also attended the event. The award recognizes the $1.1 billion investment by Ford in retooling the Kansas City Assembly Plant to produce the Transit van, along with an integrated stamping plant. Governor Nixon toured the new stamping plant which is currently under construction in Liberty, MO. “The Governor’s award emphasizes the importance of the Manufacturing Jobs Act in preserving current jobs and creating new jobs in the auto manufacturing sector in Missouri,” said Ray McCarty. “Associated Industries of Missouri formed strong partnerships with other interested parties to
Ray McCarty, President and CEO of Associated Industries of Missouri, was a guest on the WTAD Morning Meeting radio show this morning, hosted by Bryan Nichols and Sean Secrease. The topic was AIM’s participation in the “Count on Coal” effort to protect the use of coal as an energy source for electricity production. “Senator Claire McCaskill had a choice to make in June of this year: support her constituents by keeping their utility bills low, or support President Obama’s EPA regulation that, by the EPA’s own estimates, will raise every Missouri consumer’s utility bill by 2.8% to 6.3%,” said McCarty. “Senator McCaskill sided with President Obama and voted against a measure that would have reigned in the EPA regulation and protected Missouri consumers from those rate increases.” While we must continue to explore new ways to generate electricity, coal provides a low-cost and reliable option for electricity production today. The government should not try to force technology by implementing unreasonable regulations that
Associated Industries of Missouri is hosting the 2012 AIM Tax Conference at the Inn at Grand Glaize, Osage Beach, October 17-19. The conference will feature top-notch tax experts from across the state, a segment by the top tax lobbyist for the National Association of Manufacturers in Washington, DC, and will also feature great networking opportunities. The conference should be attended by tax professionals in companies, tax accountants, tax lawyers, or anyone else with an interest in learning the most up-to-date Missouri tax information. Click here for the agenda and REGISTER TODAY!
According to an article that appeared in the Sedalia Democrat, Chinese spies have been caught trying to steal trade secrets from a well-known Missouri company. Click here for the full article. You may think your company is safe, but incidents like these are not that uncommon. In fact, Missouri Enterprise is teaming up with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (yes, the FBI) to provide a free webinar for you on the subject entitled,”Economic Espionage and Cyber Security Webinar.” Associated Industries of Missouri encourages our members to take advantage of this free opportunity to learn how to protect your company’s assets. Missouri Enterprise, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Missouri University of Science and Technology and Missouri SBTDC are sponsoring the 2-hour, interactive Webinar from 8 – 10 am on September 19 to help small- and medium-size manufactures recognize economic espionage and cyber security threats and learn how to deal with them. The 3-part Webinar, presented by FBI experts, will cover general