JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the state’s largest business advocacy group, will work with Secretary of State Jason Kander and Sen. Wayne Wallingford to pass legislation to cut state fees paid by Missouri businesses to the overall lowest in the nation.
Sen. Wallingford, a Republican from Cape Girardeau, plans to file legislation to reduce or eliminate numerous fees that new and existing businesses must pay. Secretary of State Kander is a Democrat and oversees the arm of Missouri government responsible for processing state business fees and licenses and has worked with Wallingford to craft the proposal.
“Anything we can do to lower the barriers of entry for Missouri entrepreneurs welcomes these opportunities to our state,” said Dan Mehan, Missouri Chamber president and CEO. “This is also about Missouri’s business image. We are sending an extremely strong message to existing employers and businesses that are looking to move or expand operations in our state: Missouri is doing what we can to lower your business costs and help your business grow.”
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.