As I explained yesterday, GVMH staff member, Susan Scholz is a participant in the Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge and thus has earned the title “Greater Missouri Woman”. If you’ve not yet done so, read yesterday’s blog for more info.
Susan shared with me what she learned while visiting with legislators at the state capital last week. Here’s a brief summary. Feel free to contact Susan at our outpatient facility on Ohio Street if you have additional questions or would like her to take your concerns and comments to Jeff City.
The 2011 Show Me Leadership Event presented on January 12th by the Associated Industries of Missouri provided business owners access to a panel discussion by members of the Missouri House and Senate.
They presented their concerns and aspirations for the 2011 session and guests were allowed to ask questions. All of the legislators are concerned with the education system in Missouri and plan to revise portions of it to raise the education level of our children. Senator J. Cunningham is at the forefront of this effort.
The legislators also discussed their Show Me Solutions Package for 2011 which includes reducing the large unemployment numbers. It was expressed that the State of Illinois is assisting Missouri in this effort, due to the number of business related laws passed in 2010 that will hamper business efforts in that state.
There was a suggestion to change Missouri from an at-will state to a right to work state in order to lure more businesses that might otherwise go to the 6 surrounding states that currently offer right to work laws.
They would also like to expand workman’s comp, Institute tax relief for businesses in the form of capping corporate franchise tax, phasing in a business income tax deduction, and elimination of the minimum wage.
Other topics of discussion were containing energy costs by implementing new nuclear generation, extending Dept of Natural Resources fees, tort reform, eliminating state tax and moving to a consumer based taxation process, decreasing the number of superintendents and assistants and tenure reform.
If you would like to discuss these matters with your legislators simply dial 573-751-2000 and ask for them by name. Our legislators are asking for your input. After attending this event it is obvious that we have their ear and they are listening to our demands for better government.