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Missouri Legislature Takes Spring Break

Date: March 13, 2014

The Missouri Legislature is on spring break. Here's a look at some of the things to watch for when lawmakers return to Jefferson City on Monday, March 24:

  • Right-to-Work: There are several right-to-work bills pending in the House and Senate. Although the issue has been heard in House committees and passed, it is not on the calendar for debate in either chamber. Meanwhile, the Senate Small Business Committee has passed a bill that would increase the state minimum wage from $7.50 to $10 an hour. NFIB/Missouri opposes the bill. State Director Brad Jones says raising the minimum wage would lead to fewer jobs.
  • Economic Development: The Early-Stage Business Development Bill passed the House 117-35. This bill would fund regional business competitions for emerging small businesses. A companion bill has been introduced in the Senate. 
  • Taxes: The House has passed the Broad-Based Tax Relief Act of 2014. It will be heard in the Senate after lawmakers return. "This will be our No. 1 priority after break," Jones said. The bill would reduce the tax on corporate business income and business income for certain tax entities. 

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