JEFFERSON CITY – Today Gov. Nixon vetoed Senate Bill 29, legislation that would protect employees’ paychecks from deductions by unions to fund political candidates and campaigns for which they do not support.
“Using employees’ money for politicians or issues that they do not support goes against the very tenants this country was built upon,” said Missouri Chamber President Dan Mehan. “Employees have a right to say what is taken out of their paychecks for political campaigns; just like each year employees have the option to choose how much is withdrawn to go to organizations like United Way or how much money is taken out of their paychecks for their Cafeteria or 401K plans.”
The Missouri Chamber has long-standing support for Paycheck Protection legislation.
“The legislation doesn’t keep an employee from making a contribution, but it gives that employee the choice,” Mehan said. “It is difficult for us to understand how the governor can justify this veto.”
The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry (www.mochamber.com) was founded in 1923 and is the largest business association in Missouri, representing almost 3,000 employers providing more than 425,000 jobs for Missourians.