Obama to lower threshold for overtime pay – without Congressional action

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports President Obama’s Department of Labor plans to issue a regulation that more than doubles the threshold at which an employer may be excused from paying a worker overtime pay for working more than 40 hours per week – and he is doing it without Congress. The move continues the trend by… Read More Obama to lower threshold for overtime pay – without Congressional action

Missouri and 12 other states file lawsuit against EPA’s “Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS)” regulation

The Missouri Times reports Attorney General Chris Koster has signed Missouri on to a lawsuit by 12 other states against the EPA’s overreach with the agency’s regulation that would greatly expand the authority of the EPA over areas that are currently unregulated. The states are asking for a restraining order against implementation of the regulation. View… Read More Missouri and 12 other states file lawsuit against EPA’s “Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS)” regulation

Poll finds Americans happy with current air quality and wary of cost of new environmental regulations

A recent poll by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) finds two-thirds of Americans are happy with their air quality and a majority oppose stricter federal regulations imposed on their local businesses. Click here for the article. Associated Industries of Missouri is the sole official state partner of the National Association of Manufacturers in Missouri.

U.S. Supreme Court hands Obama administration a defeat on environmental regulations, but more to come

The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled against the EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxic Standards (MATS) regulation, stating the agency had exceeded their authority to issue a regulation that was “appropriate and necessary” given the high costs of compliance with the regulation. “We are pleased the Supreme Court has properly ruled the EPA has exceeded its… Read More U.S. Supreme Court hands Obama administration a defeat on environmental regulations, but more to come

Governor Nixon testifies in favor of higher levels of ethanol in fuel despite consumer concerns

Yesterday (June 25), Governor Jay Nixon testified at a regional hearing by the EPA against a change in regulations that would loosen the current renewable fuel standards. The regulation changes are reportedly being considered due to the lack of consumer demand for higher ethanol blends. Higher ethanol blends also cause problems for consumers, including voiding the… Read More Governor Nixon testifies in favor of higher levels of ethanol in fuel despite consumer concerns

NAM: House votes to limit impact of Administration’s Coal-Fired Greenhouse Gas Rule

The AP (6/25, Daly) reports that on Wednesday, the House voted 247-180 for a plan to allow states to opt out of the Administration’s plan to “limit carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants if the state’s governor determines it would cause significant rate hikes for electricity or harm reliability of service.” The bill, which the… Read More NAM: House votes to limit impact of Administration’s Coal-Fired Greenhouse Gas Rule