Training funds, tax fairness legislation returned to MO employers

Posted September 25, 2014 at 11:34 am

The Missouri General Assembly has voted to protect Missouri employers, returning vital training funds and protections for employers in tax court.

Lawmakers voted to override Gov. Nixon’s veto of more than 50 line items in the state budget, including $900,000 to the Missouri Works job-training program. Missouri Works provides customized training resources and assistance to existing businesses and start-ups through a partnership with Missouri Community Colleges and other local educational agencies.

“The Missouri Chamber strongly supported returning these funds to our employers,” said Missouri Chamber President and CEO Daniel P. Mehan. “These are proven programs and vitally important to the employers that depend upon this training.”

The General Assembly also overwhelmingly supported the veto override of Senate Bill 829, legislation ending an unfair bias against many of the state’s employers. Senate Bill 829 is

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    Hartzler and House approve Waters of the U.S. Regulatory Overreach Protection Act

    Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) and the House have passed the Waters of the U.S. Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014, H.R. 5078, which is designed to stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) overreach that expands land and waters covered by the Clean Water Act to almost any body of water in the country.

    “This federal government overreach is so wide-ranging that it would restrict farming and construction in areas that the EPA considers to be ‘waters of the United States,’” said Hartzler. “The EPA would regulate activity in any ‘waterway,’ including ditches,

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    Veto session becomes marathon

    My Fellow Missourians,

    Veto Session began at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, and turned into a marathon with the legislature overriding the Governor’s vetoes. We worked straight through for sixteen hours and adjourned at 3 a.m. Thursday morning.

    The Governor’s vetoes clearly demonstrate his misplaced priorities. He and his agencies continued to spend hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on organizational memberships and out-of –state travel, but he vetoed funding for forensic exams for abused children and better medical care for

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    Legislature wraps up 2014 Veto Session

    Working late into the night, the Missouri Legislature finished the 2014 Veto Session by overriding eight Senate bills, two House bills, and 47 budgetary line-item vetoes. The Governor can still withhold the money from the line-items, but by overriding the vetoes, the possibility now exists that the money could still become available. Programs that could be restored due to the line item overrides include: rape exams for children, defibrillators for Water Patrol boats, and funding for dual credit college hours for low income students. Most of the line-item overrides

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    Supreme Court takes another bite out of MO tort reforms

    With a new ruling that bypasses Missouri’s limit on punitive damages, the state’s Supreme Court continues to erode a successful 2005 reform law.

    In their decision, released on Sept. 9, the Supreme Court reinstated a $1 million judgment against a used car dealer who defrauded a customer. The court’s ruling uses centuries’ old legal language to sidestep the clear, current 2005 statute limiting punitive damages at $500,000.

    The decision comes two years after the Supreme Court similarly overturned Missouri’s 2005 cap on medical malpractice lawsuits.

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    Dear Savvy Senior,

    Are brand-name medications better than generic, and if not, why is there such a price difference? Also, how can I find out which medicines are available in generic form.

    Leery Senior

    Dear Leery,

    No. Brand-name medications are not better, safer or more effective than their generic alternative because they’re virtually the same.

    To gain approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), generic drugs are required to the same active

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    Wrinkle-busting skin care tips for boomer women

    Time brings plenty of changes, yet the desire to have healthy, good-looking skin transcends age. While some skin-care tactics – sunscreen and moisturizing – apply to skin of any age, baby boomers need to update their skin care and makeup strategies to ensure their skin stays healthy and youthful-looking as long as possible.

    “Fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration are only the most visible symptoms of aging skin,” says Anna De La Crus, a skincare expert for glo therapeutics. “Others are less obvious but every bit as damaging. Dehydration, loss of elasticity and

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    Ask the Pharmacist: Managing the aches and pains of arthritis

    Arthritis can strike at any age. In fact, of the 50 million Americans suffering from arthritis, two-thirds are under the age of 65. Each year, arthritis accounts for 44 million outpatient visits, over 900,000 hospitalizations and has quickly become the leading cause of disability in the United States, outnumbering activity limitations caused by heart disease, cancer or diabetes. Making the right lifestyle and medication decisions can be the difference between living a healthy, full life and living with a serious disability.

    The specially trained pharmacists in the Express Scripts Rheumatoid Arthritis and

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    How to recognize and handle senior gambling problems

    Dear Savvy Senior,

    How to Recognize and Handle Senior Gambling Problems

    Dear Savvy Senior,

    How can you know when someone has a gambling problem? Since my father passed away a couple years ago, my 76-year-old mother spends a lot of time at an Indian casino near her house playing slot machines.

    Troubled Son

    Dear Troubled,

    It’s a great question.

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    Taking responsibility for your health: Do it for your family

    Every day you sit around the dinner table with your loved ones and ask about their lives‚ ”How was your day? What’s new at work? Do you have any plans for this weekend?” But how often do you ask the truly important questions, like‚ ”Are you taking care of your health?”

    Talking to family members about their health can be a challenge. But the truth is that a simple conversation could help encourage your loved ones to take responsibility for their health.

    “Not long ago, I learned that

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