Investments for the Future #momiracle

I started this session with a vision. In my last two years in the Missouri Senate, I want to make the Show-Me State more attractive to future investments. Right now, we aren’t just fighting to be the state chosen; we are fighting just to be on the list of consideration. I want to fundamentally change the way we do business in this great state.

My vision for the Senate to help move Missouri forward includes some significant reforms like the ones I have mentioned earlier. It’s all part of a three-legged stool – labor reform, tort reform, and regulatory reform.

In just four weeks of session, we passed and the governor signed the bill that could have a great economic impact on our state – right to work. We must be competitive with our right to work neighbors. Workers’ freedom is no longer a step up, it’s a necessity. Just days after the governor signed the legislation, companies have already contacted him and have said they want to bring their business, their future investments, to the Show-Me State.

But, that is just the first leg of the stool. Since passing right to work, the Senate has advanced more labor reform bills including a measure that ends union-only Project Labor Agreements. We are also working on some regulatory reform issues that will help create a more efficient government by cutting back harmful red tape and end the overreach of government. A recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling opened the door to more taxes on consumers. We advanced a measure that clears up any confusion on the collecting of sales tax on delivery charges. It will also reduce governmental burden on businesses and tax payers.

The third leg of the stool – tort reform – is critical to economic development. St. Louis has been ranked the number one judicial hellhole in the country. The reforms we are working on, including strengthening our collateral source rule, will create a better business climate, so businesses can hire employees rather than waste money on frivolous lawsuits. This week, we reformed our state’s workers’ compensation system. By carefully balancing the need for protections for injured workers and the need to keep the state’s business community and job creation efforts intact  we will attract, rather than discourage, investment to our state

As with all investments, our efforts will take time. I’m not willing to give up on Missourians. I’m not willing to give up on our investment. I know our members will fight to make sure at the end of the day we achieve our Missouri Miracle. We want the world to know – Missouri is open for business!

Senate Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin

District 32