Workers’ Compensation/Second Injury Fund

The Missouri House Workforce Development Committee has passed a substitute bill that deals with two important employer issues: “occupational disease” and the Second Injury Fund. The substitute would increase the surcharge that supports the Second Injury Fund and includes many reforms of the Fund.  Second Injury Fund provisions include eliminating permanent partial disability claims, ensuring that most claims are work-related or service-related, and temporary surcharge increases to pay the large backlog of claims against the Fund. The bill, as passed by the Senate, included an enhanced remedy for 10 “toxic exposure diseases”.  While these diseases, and all other occupational diseases, would be covered under the workers’ compensation system, claimants with one of these 10 diseases would receive an enhanced benefit in addition to their worker’s compensation benefits totaling more than $150,000 for most of the diseases and $600,000 for mesothelioma.  The cost of these enhanced benefits would be paid initially by the employer, but half of the cost of these benefits would be

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McCarty addresses 2013 Lake Business Conference

Associated Industries president Ray McCarty was the kickoff speaker Wednesday at the 2013 Lake Business Conference at the Lake of the Ozarks Tan-Tar-A Resort. Speaking to nearly one hundred business owners, managers and supervisors from the lake region, McCarty updated the attendees on important legislation at the State Capitol, and its impact on their business. The conference was sponsored by seven lake area chambers of commerce and also in part by the University of Missouri Extension, SCORE, the Tri-County Lodging Association and the Lake of the Ozarks chapter of the Professional and Business Women.

NAM outlines goals for successful trade negotiations

Last week, the Obama Administration formally notified Congress of its intent to negotiate a trade agreement with the European Union (EU). The United States and the EU already have the largest commercial relationship in the world, yet major opportunities for increased trade and investment remain untapped. On March 27, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons sent a letter to President Obama expressing strong support for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership that will ensure global competitiveness, grow the economy and create jobs. To achieve that result, Timmons emphasized that the ultimate deal must be “one that removes unnecessary impediments to manufacturing growth and does not create new ones.” Manufacturers will be focusing on achieving strong results on tariffs, non-tariff barriers, investment, intellectual property and other key outcomes. On regulatory barriers, the NAM will seek outcomes designed to “favor markets and adhere to sound principles of science, risk assessment and cost-benefit analysis.” The NAM has been a longstanding supporter of U.S.-EU negotiations that will tear down barriers, reduce

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AIM’s McCarty appears on statewide television program

Associated Industries President Ray McCarty is currently appearing on the statewide television program “Missouri Viewpoints with Mike Ferguson”. In a wide ranging interview, McCarty talks about the first half of the legislative session with show host Mike Ferguson. McCarty’s interview is contained in the second half of the show. The first half of the show features an interview with Brad Jones from the Missouri chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business. View the show by clicking the picture below, or check the website for times and channels in your area.

AIM supports name change for Linn State Technical College

Some residents say it’s bittersweet, but Linn State Technical College has outgrown the small mid Missouri town that has been its home since its founding in 1961. That’s why residents of the Osage County town support legislation that would change the name of the school to State Technical College of Missouri. “This school is an important part not just of Osage County, not just of central Missouri, but all of Missouri,” said State Senator Mike Kehoe (R-Jefferson City) while presenting Senate Bill 410 to the Senate’s Higher Education Committee. “We believe a name change reflecting that would be beneficial as we market this institution for our young people, and as we move our mission forward to its next phase.” The current Linn State Technical College offers more than 35 technical programs at the associate of applied science degree and certificate level. In addition, customized and contract training is offered to Missouri business and industry. Each program features hands-on application and

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AIM president Ray McCarty appears on KWOS Radio’s Open Air

Associated Industries of Missouri president Ray McCarty took to the airwaves to assess legislative activities of the first half of the session and provide listeners with a look ahead. McCarty was a guest on Open Air on Newsradio 950 KWOS in Jefferson City on Monday March 25th. The show was hosted by KWOS news director John Marsh, with guest host AIM director of communications, Dick Aldrich. Click the link to listen to the interview. 03-25-13-oa RAY MCCARTY

NAM: $1 Trillion in Tax Increases Won’t Fix Fiscal Problems

Washington, D.C., March 22, 2013 – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Relations Aric Newhouse issued a statement regarding the ongoing budget debate in the U.S. Senate. “A pro-growth budget is essential to our success as a nation. After years of stalled recovery, every fiscal decision we make should be rooted in growing our economy. A budget that attempts to fix our fiscal woes through tax increases is misguided and wrong. Unfortunately, the budget proposal before the Senate would do exactly that. The tax increases in this budget are a regressive step that will hurt manufacturers and the economy, while ignoring the underlying cause of our problems – unsustainable entitlement programs. We will see job creators put plans on investment, hiring and growth on hold, resulting in a less competitive America. Manufacturers have released a Growth Agenda that shows policymakers the path to a manufacturing resurgence. Rather than $1 trillion in tax increases, they

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Leadership change for Missouri Department of Transportation

The Missouri Department of Transportation will see a change in leadership as MoDOT Director Kevin Keith steps down and Chief Engineer Dave Nichols assumes the role of interim director of the department. Keith has submitted his resignation and will leave his role effective immediately, taking a medical leave of absence with plans to retire on July 1, 2013. Nichols will step in as interim MoDOT director for a minimum of one year, according to Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission Chairman Joe Carmichael. “The commission has accepted Kevin’s resignation and we are grateful for his long career of dedicated, results-oriented service to MoDOT and the citizens of Missouri,” said Carmichael. “We are committed to a seamless leadership transition for the benefit of our employees, our customers, and our stakeholders.” Interim MoDOT Director Dave Nichols has served with MoDOT for 29 years in a variety of leadership roles, including his work as the department’s first director of program delivery prior to becoming

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Manufacturers have a growth agenda for the nation

By Amy Rawlings Manufacturers in the United States are ready to power the economy. With the right policies in place, our nation’s job creators will transform a difficult and sluggish recovery into an economic revival. After all, manufacturing has the highest multiplier effect of any other economic sector. For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.48 is added to the economy. Investments in manufacturing multiply across the economy, creating jobs and growth in other sectors. Simply put, manufacturing makes America strong. Despite some improvements in sales and production, manufacturers continue to have persistent worries. Pro-growth policies are needed now, more than ever, to grow and create jobs. The United States needs a comprehensive plan for economic growth. A bipartisan commitment in Washington to pro-growth policies will make our nation a more competitive place to do business. In an ongoing effort to show policymakers the importance that manufacturing has to this great country, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) recently released A Growth Agenda: Four Goals for a Manufacturing Resurgence in

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AIM announces new Director of Communications

Associated Industries of Missouri announces the appointment of Dick Aldrich as Director of Communications. A veteran journalist and communicator, Aldrich has spent more than 30 years writing, talking and broadcasting about state government. His background includes stints as a reporter for radio, television, and newspapers, as well as more than ten years with the communications staff of the Missouri House of Representatives. “We are excited to have someone with Dick’s vast knowledge of, and experience with, state government and the media,” said AIM president Ray McCarty. “Dick will help bring a unique perspective to the association as we serve our members and shape our statewide message.” For the last three years, Aldrich served as the chief capitol correspondent for Missouri News Horizon, a not-for-profit service that reported statewide news using a variety of electronic formats. “They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but over the last three years, I have learned a lot of lessons about the way people communicate using ever-evolving technologies,” said Aldrich.

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