South KC Chamber Legislative Agenda

2021 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, and Missouri’s waterways.

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, without instituting tax cuts to offset new revenues collected.

VIOLENCE
Support legislation to reduce violence in our communities, specifically, efforts to pass Blair’s Law to make discharging a firearm with criminal negligence in 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 liability.
  • Implement Internet sales tax reform to level the playing field with brick-and-mortar businesses, without instituting tax cuts to offset new revenues collected.
  • 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.
  • Support legislation to protect businesses from opportunistic claims alleging exposure to COVID-19 on their premises.
  • Oppose efforts to change how Community Improvement Districts are created and governed in the state of Missouri.

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 but not limited to MODESA, TIF, state tax credits, historic and low-income tax credits, AIM Zones, 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 the creation of an Angel Investment Tax Credit Program.
  • Support the 2021 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 through 12 

  • 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.
  • Support legislation that promotes equitable and inclusive educational opportunities in service to our diverse learners.
  • Support expansion of statewide broadband to ensure all students have access to high-speed internet services.

HIGHER EDUCATION

  • Support restoring original core FY20 funding from the state to the same level for FY21.
  • Support continuation of the Missouri A+ Program and efforts to maintain or increase participation and funding to cover at least 12 credit hours a semester per student.
  • Support Missouri Community College Association’s request for a $30 million increase to support Missouri community colleges and move them closer to funding provided to state universities.
  • Support full funding of workforce training programs such as the Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant.

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 further development of renewable energy to deliver affordable and reliable energy to the Kansas City region and other high demand areas.
  • Support legislation to create and adopt a renewable natural gas program for natural gas utilities that would attract millions of dollars in capital investment and create domestic, clean energy sector jobs in Missouri.

HEALTHCARE

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

  • Support efforts to promptly implement Medicaid Expansion in Missouri as approved by voters in August 2020.
  • 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 recovery housing 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 permanent adoption of recent changes in regulations regarding the provision of telemedicine services to improve access to healthcare services for our communities.

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, bicycle/pedestrian facilities, and Missouri’s waterways.

  • 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 programs 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 continued funding of the Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) program.

LOCAL PRIORITIES

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.

KANSAS CITY, MO EARNINGS TAX

Support the renewal of the Kansas City Missouri Earnings Tax, which will be on the April 2021 ballot.

WORKFORCE TRANSPORTATION

  • Support the development of more transit options to help employers get employees to and from their jobs.
  • Support the continuation of free bus service in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

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.

BALANCED ENERGY RESOLUTION

Support the Balanced Energy Resolution, which recognized the importance of natural gas to help the City of Kansas City achieve its environmental goals and objectives, keeping energy costs down, maintaining freedom of energy choice, and contributing to a strong economy.

ADDITIONAL ISSUES WE’RE MONITORING

  • Monitor any legislation that exchanges income tax for consumption tax
  • Monitor ethics reform
  • Monitor unemployment compensation reform
  • Monitor mandates to municipalities that reduce local control and negatively impact local budgets
  • Monitor KC streetcar expansion
  • Monitor early voting
  • Monitor efforts to maximize the labor market for Missouri healthcare organizations
  • Monitor how the implementation of medical marijuana impacts employers

2021 FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

  • Support extending the sunset on Opportunity Zones to allow for continued use as a tool to redevelop distressed areas.
  • Support efforts to reduce student debt default rate
  • Increase funding for federal flood control and streambank stabilization efforts.
  • Support healthcare legislation that will maximize infusion of federal healthcare dollars into Missouri to help ease the strain on State General Revenue Funding (example-extending funding for the Excellence in Mental Health Act–CCBHC Medicaid Demonstration).
  • Support efforts to permanently repeal the 2.3 percent medical device tax that was created by the Affordable Care Act.
  • Support the flexibility to utilize CARES Act funding past December 31st.
  • Support additional federal funding for businesses, health care, and unemployment during the ongoing pandemic crisis.

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