SKC Chamber Legislative Priorities

2020 TOP PRIORITIES

TRANSPORTATION
Support a long term, sustainable transportation funding plan that delivers a sound asset management-based approach to maintaining existing roads and bridges, improving safety and providing for economic development. We also encourage investment in all modes of transportation including roads and bridges, rail, public transit, and bicycle/pedestrian facilities.

PRESCRIPTION DRUG MONITORING (PDMP)
Support legislation to create a strong statewide prescription drug monitoring system.

INTERNET SALES TAX COLLECTION
Support equitable legislation to implement internet sales tax collection to level the playing field with brick and mortar businesses.

VIOLENCE
Support legislation to reduce violence in our communities, specifically, efforts to pass Blair’s Law to make celebratory gunfire in Missouri cities a state offense.

GENERAL BUSINESS

We support a system of fair and equitable taxes, tax incentives and tax credits that encourage business growth and the economic growth and development of the South Kansas City and Grandview areas.

  • Support tort reform initiatives including measures to protect employers from frivolous lawsuits and eliminating joint and several liabilities
  • Implement Internet sales tax reform to level the playing field with brick and mortar businesses.
  • Oppose legislation to eliminate the earnings tax in Kansas City and St. Louis.
  • Support legislation that extends the length of time between required elections to approve the earnings tax to at least 10 years.
  • Support efforts to strengthen judicial tools to fight violent crime.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • Support enhancing initiatives to improve the climate for small business growth and development including seed capital funds and programs, additional funding for state innovation centers and small business and technology development centers, and funding for the Missouri Technology Corporation. 
  • Support retaining existing state economic development incentives and programs, including MODESA, TIF, state tax credits, historic and low-income tax credits and Chapter 100 bond that benefit Kansas City and Grandview area businesses.
  • Support the creation of new economic development tools that help to compete with other states, focusing incentives on companies that create high paying new jobs for the region.
  • Oppose discriminatory legislation that will detrimentally impact Missouri’s economic development and growth.
  • Support a modification to the Chapter 100 tax abatement program to ensure that tax revenues from those projects do not violate the Hancock Amendment when their abatement period ends. Support the creation of an Angel Investment Tax Credit Program.
  • Support the 2020 Kansas City Consensus Agenda for Economic Development.

EDUCATION

We support all levels of education and special education funding to strengthen the quality of education in the area, thus improving the business viability and workforce development of the region.

Pre-K through12 Education

  • Encourage efforts, both local and state, to provide sufficient funding for universal, high-quality pre-k education for all Kansas City residents with the inclusion of the public school districts as key players in providing those services.
  • Support legislation that requires all charter schools and MOCAP approved virtual programs to be held to the same standards as all public schools with accreditation status.
  • Oppose legislation that allows charter school expansion into districts where tax revenues are not sufficient to support the overhead of multiple educational institutions.

HIGER EDUCATION

  • Support maintaining current funding and providing additional dollars to finance equity funding and performance funding.
  • Support continuation of the Missouri A+ Program and efforts to maintain or increase participation and funding. Consider ways to more broadly support college-going students and provide adequate additional funding to cover those programs.
  • Support legislative efforts that continue to allow access to a college education at all the state’s post-secondary institutions, including private colleges, through the Access Missouri program.
  • Support removing language from the state budget that forces DACA students to pay international tuition rates.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RELIABILITY

We encourage investments in energy reliability and efficiency and support policies that provide a balance between public health and environmental protections without unreasonable economic burdens on industry, business, and Missouri residents.  

  • Support policies that encourage expansion and development of energy and green infrastructure including alternative fuel transportation.
  • Support development and voluntary use of domestic renewable energy resources that are considered economical and environmentally friendly, to deliver affordable and reliable energy to the Kansas City region and other high demand areas.

HEALTHCARE

We support initiatives that promote improved health and wellness of community members.

  • Support efforts to maximize federal funding for Missouri Medicaid.
  • Support including dental healthcare for families and children through the Medicaid program.
  • Support legislation to create a strong statewide prescription drug monitoring system.
  • Support a comprehensive statewide response to the Opioid epidemic with additional resources, including prevention, treatment, recovery support and law enforcement components.
  • Support ensuring strong Federal Reimbursement Allowance funding for providers.
  • Support legislation that reforms regulations regarding specific eligible provider credential requirements and licensure reciprocity practices at both the state and federal levels to maximize the labor market for Missouri healthcare organizations.
  • Support efforts of St. Joseph Medical Center to get a Level III Trauma Designation.

TRANSPORTATION

We support a long term, sustainable transportation funding plan that delivers a sound asset management-based approach to maintaining existing roads and bridges, improving safety and providing for economic development. We also encourage investment in all modes of transportation including roads and bridges, rail, public transit, and bicycle/pedestrian facilities.

  • Support efforts to create a sustainable transportation funding plan to provide the full funding needed to meet Missouri’s transportation needs.
  • Support and monitor the development and implementation of a comprehensive multimodal transit strategy for the Kansas City area that encourages business, retail, and housing development along future high-service and existing interstate corridors, especially I-49.
  • Support the recommendations in the legislature’s 21st Century Transportation Task Force final report.

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

  • Provide adequate funding to support new Fast Track program and other initiatives to help train employees in high-demand career and technical education fields. 
  • Support legislation to help create attainable/workforce housing including the reinstatement of the Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) program.

Local Priorities

ASPHALT PLAN

Assess environmental concerns for the asphalt plant at MO-150 & I-49 and insure that in the upcoming permit renewal period that the following actions take place:

First, before the issuance of a permit the MoDEQ meet and fully comply with Executive Order 12898 with respect to community consultation and input, and second, the MoDEQ insure that any permit fully comply with the current provisions of the Clean Air Act.

BLUE RIVER ROAD REPAIRS

Support efforts to seek federal funding for the repairs of Blue River Road, which is currently closed due to the road washing out.

WORKFORCE TRANSPORTATION

Support the development of more transit options to help employers get employees to and from their jobs.

Support efforts to eliminate fees to use the RideKC bus system.

ADDITIONAL ISSUES WE’RE MONITORING

  • Any legislation that exchanges income tax for consumption tax
  • Early voting
  • Efforts to maximize the labor market for Missouri healthcare organizations
  • Ethics reform
  • How the implementation of medical marijuana impacts employers
  • KC Streetcar expansion
  • Mandates to municipalities that reduce local control and negatively impact local budgets
  • Unemployment compensation reform

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