House passes renewal of “Big Government Get Off My Back Act”

It might be tough to say, but a large majority of Representatives in the Missouri House think the Big Government Get Off My Back Act works just fine. The legislation, sponsored by Speaker Pro Tem Rep. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) this week won extension through 2022 when the House gave final passage by a margin of 131 to 22. The measure first passed in 2010 is aimed at helping get government out of the way of small business, and allowing small business the option to grow and prosper. The Act…also known as HB 32, provides an income tax deduction for small business (fewer than 50 employees) for each full time job created with an annual salary of at least the county average wage. The business will be allowed  a deduction of $10,000 for each new full time job created or $20,000 for each full time job if the business offers health insurance and pays at least 50 percent of the premiums.

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McCarty addresses Coro Fellows

AIM president Ray McCarty had the opportunity earlier this week to address some of the nation’s best young leaders at AIM headquarters in Jefferson City. McCarty met with a group of about 20 Coro Fellows from around the country enrolled in a unique leadership training program. Each year, 300-400 young people go through Coro training. According to the organization’s website, Coro trains ethical, diverse civic leaders nationwide. Coro leaders develop skills; master tools needed to engage and empower communities; gain experience in government, business, labor and not-for-profit community organizations; and participate in special community and political problem solving processes. This particular group came from St. Louis under the tutelage of Keith Clark of Focus – St. Louis. McCarty spoke to the group for about an hour about the association and lobbying at the State Capitol. Participants seemed most interested in the dynamic of relationship building and legislative success.

NAM: Proposed ozone standard will cost $140 billion per year, new NAM study finds

As the March 17 comment deadline on the proposed ozone regulation rapidly approaches, the NAM’s latest analysis reveals the devastating impact the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) action will have on all manufacturers—and all Americans. With an estimated cost to the economy of $140 billion per year, the regulation would tank the economy. “This data confirms our long-held concern that revisions to the ozone standard represent one of the most significant threats, not just to our manufacturing sector, but to our economy at large,” NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons said. The findings were ominous enough in our landmark study last year assessing what could happen if the EPA went as far as we anticipated. Now that the EPA has officially proposed revising the standard from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to the far more stringent 65 ppb, we can confirm the worst. Specifically, the regulation would: Reduce U.S. GDP by $140 billion per year and $1.7 trillion from 2017 to

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Ford Claycomo workers preparing for new F-150 launch in March

All the prep work has been done…and the all new Ford F-150 is about to start rolling off the assembly lines at Claycomo. About 3,800 employees at the plant have been participating in training designed to help the workers learn the ins and outs of the newly redesigned vehicle. Ford recently announced that the Claycomo plant will run three shifts, and hire an additional 900 employees to staff the additional shift. The new employees will boost the total workforce at the Claycomo plant to 6,450, the most ever at the plant, which opened in 1951. F-150s will soon begin rolling off the assembly line headed for Ford dealerships by the end of March. Some of the new workers will be assembling the Ford Transit van. The F-150 has long been produced at the plant, but this is a newly designed version of America’s most popular pickup truck. Ford began to train its workforce at Claycomo on the new F-150 in 2013

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Senate gives initial approval to two pro-taxpayer bills

The Missouri Senate Wednesday morning gave first round approval to legislation allowing individual taxpayers to get back overpaid tax money that’s rightfully theirs and clarifying all corporations may use a new method of dividing income between states that was passed in 2013. Both bills were sponsored by Senator Will Kraus (R-Lee’s Summit). Senate Bill 19 is tax apportionment language pertaining to the division of corporation income that was overwhelmingly passed in six different bills by the Missouri House and Senate last session, but vetoed each time by Governor Jay Nixon. It helps determine the amount of income that is taxed in Missouri and the amount that is taxed in other states. It ensures that Missouri businesses that do business in other states are not double taxed and clarifies the language passed in 2013.  The Missouri Department of Revenue originally issued a regulation that is still in effect saying the 2013 law applies to all corporations, then issued letters denying the application of

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NAM: President gets serious about West Coast ports

The Denver Post (2/20, Board) editorial board expresses approval that President Obama has finally seemed to get serious about resolving the West Coast port labor dispute, and hopes that Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker can help broker a deal between the dock workers and the shippers. The Post states that US farmers have been unable to ship produce overseas and manufacturers have been unable to obtain needed supplies. According to the Post, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons stated that more problems have been caused by the labor dispute than people understand. The Post adds that some estimates say a complete shutdown of the ports could cost the US economy $2 billion per day. California Senators Urge For Quick Resolution To Labor Dispute. According to The Hill (2/20, Laing), a letter by California Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D) and Barbara Boxer (D) requests that the West Coast port managers and union leaders “negotiate a deal quickly” because

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Senate committee hears solid waste bill

On Tuesday, the Senate Commerce, Energy and the Environment Committee conducted a hearing on SB 152, sponsored by Senator Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau).  This act modifies provisions relating to solid waste.  Major provisions include: Changes to the frequency of financial audits for solid waste management districts; Includes textiles to the requirement that districts address; Prohibits solid waste management district executive board from performing projects that compete with a qualified private enterprise; Extends the moratorium on increasing the demolition landfill tipping fee and the transfer station tipping fee to 2027. Lists the criteria that districts may use in establishing district grant priorities; Establishes a timeline for which the Department of Natural Resources is required to either approve or deny an application; Makes changes in the composition of the Solid Waste Advisory Board. Senator Wallingford told the committee that the bill was the result of the work of an interim committee that received input from stakeholders.  Witnesses in favor included several private

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Bill addresses municipal and private services

This week, the Senate Committee on Jobs, Economic Development and Local Government held a hearing on SB 266 sponsored by Sen. Schaefer (R-Boone). Under this act, beginning August, 28, 2015, no municipality may begin to provide a service that is being provided by at least one private business within the boundaries of the municipality without a vote of the people. This act does not apply to services that are recreational in nature, situations in which the private business has no physical business presence or assets in the municipality, or services that have an annual fiscal impact of less than $100,000. In order to pose the question to voters of whether to authorize the municipality to provide a service otherwise prohibited under this act, the municipality must publicly release a study of the feasibility of offering the service and the financial implications at least 90 days before the election and determine the total estimated cost of the project for the next

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House urges EPA, Corps, to withdraw expansion of Waters of the United States

This week, the House took up HCR 21, sponsored by Rep. Rocky Miller (R).  This concurrent resolution urges the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw their proposed rule expanding the definition of “waters of the United States”.  Opponents stated they were concerned the Department of Natural Resources and/or Conservation would not be able to properly maintain the current Missouri waterways.  Supporters argued more stringent EPA regulations would cost Missouri more money and could also prevent Missouri from completing their master water plans. The concurrent resolution was Third Read and Passed 124-32.  This resolution was reported to the Senate and First Read.