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Don’t trust that everything that is done in Jefferson City will benefit your business. While we have had great success in lowering taxes and improving the business environment in Missouri, much of our work also prevents bad things from happening to businesses like yours. Regardless, you need information so you may be informed.
Associated Industries of Missouri is pleased to present our legislative updates in a video format.
Rather than conducting conference calls or webinars, we will be recording video and making it available to you frequently so you may watch on your schedule. You may watch on your phone, tablet, or computer. We will also feature interviews with legislators and other key policy makers from time-to-time.
But wait…there’s more!
You may now register for your area of interest and we will provide an update just on those issues!
For example, if you are a human resources professional, you may want to register for and watch the “HR Issues Update” and learn only about issues that affect your job. If you are a tax professional, you may want to register for and watch the “Tax Update.” If you are most interested in tort reform, you may rather watch the “Legal Reform Update.” And if you want to know everything that is going on, you may register for “The Works” and receive the complete update we have always provided.
The information you need, on your schedule, without wasting your time!
The videos will be updated regularly (when sufficient action has occurred to warrant reporting) during the 2020 Legislative Session. A link will be sent to you when a new video is posted. Best of all, these video updates are FREE to members of Associated Industries of Missouri.
If you know of fellow business people that would be interested in these updates, please send them to us by having them contact Ray McCarty: firstname.lastname@example.org or (573) 634-2246.
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Associated Industries of Missouri (AIM) has released vote ratings showing how legislators voted on important business issues during the 2019 Legislative Session.
At Associated Industries of Missouri, we make sure your business’ voice is heard in the Missouri Capitol. We regularly testify on issues that are important to your business and our team of lobbyists helps ensure legislators know where we stand on issues.
Part of the political process is holding legislators accountable for the positions they take, either for or against issues that would make Missouri a better place to do business. Equally important is helping to stop the regular assault on employers by trial attorneys and others.
Not every vote rating system is the same, so we want to explain how we rated legislators’ votes in the following pages. We assemble the most important issues in each legislative session, assign a value based on the importance of that issue, and a legislator receives points if they voted in accordance with AIM’s position on that particular bill. We then total the scores for each legislator for each session to obtain the AIM Score.
Several things that are not reflected in the score are very important to us as we work in the Capitol to pass pro-employer legislation. Committee chairmen and women have great power to either advance or stop legislation. And sometimes, legislators will filibuster and block a bill that is favorable to business. There is no accurate way to reflect these activities in a vote rating system, but they are still factors in our ability to accomplish our legislative agenda.
An upward facing green arrow indicates the legislator supported the business position on the bill. A red downward facing arrow indicates the legislator either voted against the business position on the bill or the legislator was absent for the vote when AIM was advocating for passage of the bill. A legislator’s absence on one vote could keep them from getting a higher score, even though the absence may be unavoidable. Nonetheless, these vote ratings generally show an accurate picture of the support we receive from legislators on issues important to business.
YOU MAY FIND THE VOTE RATINGS FOR 2019 HERE.
VOTE RATINGS FOR 2018 are on our State Election Center page HERE
If you have questions on the scores, please call the AIM office at (573) 634-2246.
It has been a tough few months for several United Auto Workers union leaders, to say the least.
Former UAW President Gary Jones and a top aide have been accused of conspiring to embezzle more than $700,000 in member dues and splitting the money. Also, criminal charges have been filed against Edward “Nick” Robinson of St. Louis, president of a regional UAW community action program council conspiring to embezzle union funds and conspiracy to defraud the federal government.
Jones announced last week he would resign his membership in the UAW, having already been removed as the union’s leader.
You can read more about both stories in the Detroit News here and here.
Associated Industries of Missouri backed a bill that would have allowed union members to decide whether they should support their union with their dues. The “right to work” legislation, after it was passed by the legislature, was referred to voters following a successful signature campaign led by union officials. Union leaders convinced union members the measure would weaken the union. AIM and other business groups argued the proposal would give members a stronger voice in the operation of their unions.
Voters ultimately rejected the “right to work” proposal by a wide margin.
“It would have been very interesting to see if this type of corruption could be prevented if union members would have had the stronger voice that would have been provided by the right to work bill,” said Ray McCarty, president and CEO of Associated Industries of Missouri. “We believe it would have required union leaders to work harder for their members’ support. Perhaps if union leaders had to prove their value, they would spend more time representing their members interests and less time on vacation at their members’ expense,” he said.
The Missouri Viewpoints program, hosted by Mike Ferguson and syndicated statewide, recently interviewed Ray McCarty, president and CEO of Associated Industries of Missouri (AIM) regarding manufacturing.
Specifically, McCarty talked about a new initiative led by AIM, Missouri Enterprise, Governor Mike Parson’s administration, university officials and more, to establish a manufacturing policy in Missouri, the “Manufacturing Policy Academy.”
Funding for the Manufacturing Policy Academy has been provided by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST). The goal: to provide a sustainable manufacturing policy in Missouri.
McCarty talked about the effort, along with manufacturing incentives and the importance of manufacturing to Missouri’s economy in this short video (courtesy of Missouri Viewpoints).