Strong results in General Assembly elections set stage for pro-jobs policy

Posted November 15, 2012 at 1:13 pm

A veto-proof majority in both the Missouri House and the Missouri Senate puts Missouri employers in a strong position to move pro-jobs legislation forward in the upcoming legislative session, according to Missouri’s strongest business advocacy group, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Missouri voters elected 99 of the 103 candidates endorsed by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry political action committee, Missouri Chamber PAC, increasing the business communities’ influence in the statehouse.

“Missourians overwhelmingly voted to elect candidates that will support legislation that will drive economic growth and create jobs,” said Missouri Chamber President and CEO Daniel P. Mehan. “Voters proved that they care about job creation. They showed that they believe that candidates that will protect jobs and Missouri workers are the right people to lead policymaking in our state.”

The Missouri Chamber PAC is well-known for its involvement in elections. In the 2012 Election, the Missouri Chamber PAC:

-Helped elect 99 of 103 pro-jobs, pro-business candidates

-Helped defeat candidates bankrolled by trial attorneys

-Implemented a strong voter education program through www.mochamberelectioncenter.com

-Engaged its grassroots network of members and local chambers of commerce

“Our political action is an important part of our legislative strategy. Coming into the 2013 Legislative Session with a veto-proof majority gives us leverage we need to pass important reform into law,” said Mehan.

Employment law reform and workers’ compensation reform were two priorities vetoed in the 2012 Legislative Session.

“The Missouri House and Missouri Senate are the arenas in which we are strongest,” said Mehan. “This is where we will fight our battles in the coming sessions and will are in a position of strength – more so than ever before as a result of yesterday’s election.”

The Missouri Chamber urges lawmakers to use its strength to pass legislation meaningful to employers.

“This is a new day and we are looking forward to working with new members of the Missouri Legislature and the new leadership to help them live up to the offices they have secured and the majorities they hold,” said Mehan.

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry (www.mochamber.com) was founded in 1923 and is the largest business organization in Missouri, representing almost 3,000 employers, providing more than 425,000 jobs for Missourians.