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Federal Elected Officials

U.S. House of Representativeswww.house.gov
U.S. Senatewww.senate.gov

Federal Issues

Sales Tax Fairness
The Chamber supports federal legislation that would ensure that sales tax is paid on online purchases through a uniformed approach among the states, creating fairness to local retailers who today must collect sales tax, putting them at a competitive disadvantage.

Regulatory Reform
The Chamber supports reform of the existing regulatory system that would restore checks and balances to the administrative rule-making process and provide improved opportunity for public input, so there is greater understanding of regulatory impacts on business. The basis for legislative reform would be accountability on the part of federal agencies, transparency as to why regulations are implemented and participation by the public in the rule-making process.

Funding for River Levees
The Chamber supports continued funding by the U.S. Corps of Engineers, to complete planned improvements to the Missouri River levees and associated infrastructure.

139th Airlift Wing of the Missouri Air National Guard
The Chamber supports growth and expansion of the 139th Airlift Wing, including modernization of the existing fleet of C-130H aircraft, while pursuing future recapitalization of the fleet to C-130J models. In support of the 139th’s mission, the Chamber supports the acquisition of a C-130H simulator and expansion of international partnerships
to enhance the Advanced Airlift Training Center (AATTC). Further programing for Weapons Instructor Course (WIC) and the testing component for the C-130H models are important for future growth and improved efficiencies.

International Trade
The Chamber supports efforts to expand the growth of international trade through the approval of agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership that will open additional global markets to local businesses stimulating job growth and new investment.

Health Care
The Chamber supports continued efforts to improve the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and encourages the administration and Congress to work together to bring about reforms that provide a sustainable health care system, expand meaningful coverage to uninsured, and provide stability to private sector employer health care plans.

State of Missouri

State Issues

Higher Education Funding
The Chamber supports adequate and appropriate state funding for Missouri’s institutions of higher education. Further, the Chamber endorses fair and equitable funding for all of Missouri’s universities and, in particular, addressing the need to enhance funding for Missouri Western State University. Finally, the Chamber believes the state should invest in the capital needs of Missouri’s universities using bond financing.

Transportation Funding
The Chamber supports additional funding for Missouri’s transportation system and encourages the Legislature, governor, and the MoDOT Commission to consider a combination of funding options to provide the additional resources necessary to improve the state’s transportation systems, including Missouri ports and airports.

Right to Work Legislation
The Chamber supports the implementation of Right-to-Work legislation in Missouri for the purpose of improving the state’s attraction of new jobs and investment in the State. It is believed that this legislation would make Missouri more competitive from an economic development standpoint.

Expansion of Medicaid
The Chamber supports the expansion of Medicaid in the state along with appropriate reforms to ensure solvency of the program as a way to provide additional federal funding to support Missouri’s health care system.

Legal Reform
The Chamber supports tort reform legislation in Missouri that would cap punitive damages and address the issue of raising the standards associated with expert witnesses. Further, the Chamber believes that the state’s employment laws should align with federal standards
so Missouri businesses are not held to a different standard.

Economic Development Enhancements
The Chamber supports the passage of legislation that would improve Missouri’s economic development incentives for both existing business and new business to the state. Specifically, incentives based on new investment by existing business exclusive of job creation. Further, the Chamber endorses additional funding for the state’s employee
training programs. Lastly, the Chamber calls on the Missouri Legislature to enact legislation that would improve access to capital for businesses through resources such as the Missouri Technology Corp., angel fund tax credits and the Show-Me Rural Jobs tax credit program.

Workers’ Compensation Reform
The Chamber supports reform of the state’s workers’ compensation system that would address legal challenges that attempt to remove claims from the current system and create an unfair burden to employers having to defend discrimination-based claims based on a worker’s compensation injury.

Sales Tax Fairness
The Chamber supports legislation in the State that would ensure that sales tax is paid on online purchases, providing a level playing field between online retailers and local retailers. While federal legislation is likely required, the Chamber calls on the Missouri Legislature to
explore options to implement a solution in Missouri as other states have accomplished.

Local Officials

Buchanan County Officials
Buchanan County – www.co.buchanan.mo.us

St. Joseph City Officials

St. Joseph – www.stjoemo.info

St. Joseph School District Officials
St. Joseph School District – www.sjsd.k12.mo.us

Local Issues

School District Tax Levy
The Chamber believes the School District should have the financial resources necessary to deliver a quality education to St. Joseph’s future workforce. In this regard the Chamber supports the reinstatement of the operating levy that was allowed to expire in 2015.
Should a sunset provision be considered, the Chamber advocates for a sunset period greater of 10 years or longer.

Street Improvement Funding
The Chamber supports the City in considering additional funding to enhance maintenance of existing streets and provide for new streets as appropriate. Funding consideration should include existing revenue, new dedicated taxes, and long-term debt in the form of
General Obligation Bonds.

Downtown Development
With private sector development underway in the downtown area it will be important for the City to continue its support through the use of certain development incentives, as well as the expenditure of public capital improvement funds as necessary to encourage future
private sector investment.

Community Appearance
The Chamber believes that an important part of positioning the community for future economic growth is creating a quality of life that encourages individuals to want to live in St. Joseph and businesses to want to invest in the community. This begins with having a clean attractive community, in which residents can be proud.The Chamber encourages the City to consider programs and policies that would address the condition of certain properties and provide for a method of removing litter and trash from residential neighborhoods.

Government Websites
U.S. President – www.whitehouse.gov
U.S. Senate – www.senate.gov
U.S House – www.house.gov
Missouri Government – www.mo.gov
Missouri Senate –www.senate.mo.gov
Missouri House – www.house.mo.gov
Buchanan County – www.co.buchanan.mo.us
City of St. Joseph – www.stjoemo.info