2014 Missouri Chamber Election Action Center is your campaign information HQ

Each election year we are given the responsibility of voting for individuals to represent us in our state and federal government. As a Missouri voter, you will help elect a new Missouri Legislature and statewide elected officials – individuals who will shape legislative attitudes on business issues.

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry continues to provide you with the information you need to make informed decisions about your voting choices, and all this information is provided to you at the newly re-launched www.mochamberelectioncenter.com

The Missouri Chamber’s Election Action Center is the state’s top resource regarding candidates and how their views align with the goal of advancing Missouri’s economy. Each candidate is given the opportunity to weigh in on their priorities to make sure you have all the important information at your fingertips.

Users of the free website can view information about candidates in all the state races as well as races for U.S. Congressional seats. The site will clarify voting records and candidate position on the issues such as tort reform, workers’ compensation reform, tax policy, and other business factors that impact you and your business.

At this site you can track the latest election news and watch video clips of candidates. The site will be updated right up to the November 4 election.

You can also check in on your incumbent legislators’ voting records to see how they stack up to their opponents on business friendly legislation.

Please use this information to your advantage and share it with others in your company and industry!


2014 Leadership in Practice program held at Westminster College

Leadership and person-to-person skills are essential traits for success throughout all parts of our personal and professional lives.  The younger children are exposed to this, the better leaders they will eventually become. The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Education Foundation strives each year to make this a reality for young adults throughout Missouri.

Recently, nearly 120 sophomores from around Missouri attended the 18th annual Leadership In Practice held this year on the campus of Westminster College located in Fulton, Mo.   The program, which is put on by the Missouri Chamber Education Foundation each summer, teaches high school students about personal characteristics of leadership, leadership styles, civic and community leadership, economic leadership and global leadership.

Leadership in Practice class of 2014

Leadership in Practice class of 2014

Leadership In Practice immerses these students in hands-on activities, simulations and games. They evaluate their leadership skills based on what they learn and then set goals on how to improve those skills.  Business, civic, education and military leaders from around the state deliver relevant information on leadership and how students can take active leadership roles in their schools and communities.  The motto of Leadership In Practice is to Engage, Inspire and Lead.

For more information about Leadership In Practice, and how you can get involved with next year’s program contact Brian Crouse, Missouri Chamber Education Foundation vice president, at bcrouse@mochamber.com or by phone at 573.634.3511.

Students put leadership in practice during Missouri Chamber education program

There’s no better way to develop leadership skills than to practice, practice, practice. That is exactly what more than a hundred students will do while attending the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Leadership in Practice program this week.
More than 120 high school students have been selected as future leaders from schools across the state. Held from July 25-27 on the Missouri Military Academy campus in Mexico, Mo., Leadership in Practice is designed to provide young Missourians with the opportunity to learn what it takes to be an effective leader in their schools and communities.
All participants are students between their freshman and sophomore years in high school. With help from Missouri business leaders and educators, the students learn firsthand about how to successfully work together as a team and individually as a leader.
Students will be challenged to use leadership skills in activities that simulate real-life situations. Working in small groups, the students develop business plans for a new product or service. Participants are also encouraged to set goals for themselves for their development as leaders.
The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry applauds the efforts of these future leaders and the potential they bring to our state. Leadership in Practice is part of a youth leadership educational program that was created by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce in 1962. It is funded through scholarships provided by state businesses and civic organizations.
If a member of the media is interested in attending this program, please contact Andrea Morrow at 573-634-3511 or by email at amorrow@mochamber.com.


Monday, June 23

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.                Breakfast – (Leadership Hall)

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.                Opening Activities – (Coulter Science Center- Auditorium)

8:45 – 9:45 a.m.                Global Leadership –(St. Mary’s Church- main floor above museum)

   Dr. George B. Forsythe, President, Westminster College

   Retired Brigadier General, US Army

10:00 – 12:00 p.m.                     Global Leadership –Breakout sessions (St. Mary’s Church and Churchill Museum)


Churchill Museum Activity – Mandy Plybon- International Panel -WC Students- Small Group Discussion -Discover Groups-
Group 1 (50 students) Group 2 (50 students) Group 3 (50 students)

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.                Lunch – (Leadership Hall)

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.                       Discovery Groups Global Leadership Learned –(Leadership Hall)

Report out

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.                       Finding & Building Leadership

Building Products Lego exercise –Groups 1-6   (Hunter Activity Center)

Scavenger Hunt –Groups 6-12 (Leadership Hall)

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.                 Civic Leadership: Engaging Community Action –(Leadership Hall)

Ken Hussey, Community Relations Director, YMCA Jefferson City, Mo  3rd Ward City Council Member, Jefferson City, MO

 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.                       Dinner – (Leadership Dining Hall)                                

6:15 – 8:00 p.m.                Leadership- In Action – (Freshmen Quad)(Hands on activity outside)

SFC- Dan Thompson, Marketing NCOIC, Missouri Army National Guard

8:00 – 10:00 p.m.                Recreation Time: Recreation Equipment Available           


10:00 p.m.               Meet with counselors in the dorms
Tuesday, June 24


8:00 – 8:30 a.m.                Breakfast – (Leadership Hall)


8:30 – 8:45 a.m.                Opening Activities – (Coulter Science Center- Auditorium)


8:45 – 10:00 a.m.                Entrepreneurship Segment – (Coulter Science Center- Lecture Hall)

   Nathan Mc Kie, President, Navigator Consulting, Inc.


  • Business Plan Development
  • Branding and Marketing Development
  • Operations Logistics
  • Financial
  • 10:00 – 10:15 a.m.                Break

10:15 – 11:00 a.m.                The Toyota Way: From Leadership to Performance Improvement                                                  (Coulter Science Center- Lecture Hall)                                                Kathryn Ragsdale, Corporate Affairs, Toyota-Bodine
11:00 – 12:00 p.m.                Economic Leadership – (Coulter Science Center- Lecture Hall)

                                             Brian Crouse, Vice President of Education, Missouri Chamber of Commerce

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.                Lunch – (Leadership Hall)
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.                Pictures – (Leadership Hall)


Starting a New Business in My Hometown – (Coulter Science Center- classrooms)

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.                Recreation Time: Gym Open


5:00 – 6:00 p.m.                Dinner – (Leadership Dining Hall)


6:00 p.m.                Entrepreneurship: Economic Leadership In Action – (Leadership Dining Hall)

 Jeff Frazier, President, US Cellular

6:30 p.m.                Our New Business – (Leadership Dining Hall)

Discovery group presentations- students make their pitch to entrepreneur panel

– Jeff Frazier, President, Cellular Today, Mexico, MO

– Kat Cunningham, President, Moresource, Inc., Columbia, MO

– Dr. Dave Schmidt, Director, Business, Research, Information and Development                    Group- MU Business Development Program

– Gus Wagner, President, The Rocket Group


8:00 p.m.                 Entrepreneur Project Awards

   Jeff Frazier, President, US Cellular                                                        


8:30 – 10:30 p.m.                Recreation Free Time: Recreation Equipment Available 

11:00 p.m.               Meet with counselors in the dorms

12:00 a.m. (midnight)        In your room – Lights Out


Wednesday, June 25

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.               Breakfast – (Leadership Hall)

8:40 – 8:45 a.m.               Opening Activities – (Leadership Hall)

8:45 – 10:00 a.m.               The Five Basic Leadership Questions! – (Leadership Hall)

                              Dave Lankford, Jefferson City, MO

10:00 – 10:10 a.m.              Break

10:10 – 10:40 a.m.               Ethics of Leadership: Community/Society based values – (Leadership Hall)

Dave Lankford, Jefferson City, MO

10:40 a.m.                     Our Leadership Code                             

11:25 a.m.                     My Leadership Creed

11:55 a.m.                     Intentional Leadership

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.              Lunch – (Leadership Hall)

12:00 – 12:45p.m.              Discovery Group – Evaluation

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.              Program Closing: Reflections on Leadership – (Leadership Hall)

Brian Crouse, Vice President of Education, Missouri Chamber of Commerce


1:30 p.m.               Adjourn – Checkout

Missouri Chamber of Commerce Urges Congressional Action on Transportation Issues

Recently, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce joined 30 other state chambers of commerce in calling on Congress to act on critical transportation infrastructure. Congress currently faces a crossroads as they begin to discuss both the solvency of the Federal Highway Trust Fund and the reauthorization of the surface transportation bill passed in 2012.

The letter has been sent to Senator Barbara Boxer, who is chairman of the Senate Transportation committee, along with other ranking members.

“Improving road safety, funding the remediation and expansion of bridges, expanding freight and logistics infrastructure and providing good public transportation are near-universal values. We encourage our elected officials in Washington to take a thoughtful approach to our federal and state transportation challenges. Ultimately, transportation infrastructure should bring us together, not divide us. It is our hope that the rhetoric in coming months will change to a constructive dialogue about how we can create a transportation system for generations to come,” Daniel P. Mehan, Missouri Chamber President said.

The Missouri Chamber has been a lead proponent in finding ways to improve infrastructure funding in Missouri and is supportive of transportation legislation that is working its way through the Missouri Capitol.

The letter can be found on the website of the Council of State Chambers at www.statechamberconnect.org. The principles agreed upon by the coalition of state chambers across the United States urges Congressional action that focuses on financial solvency, marketplace stability through long term authorization, and flexibility for state transportation programs.

For more information about this letter or transportation issues, please call the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry at 573-634-3511.

New report: Progress on Medicaid would help working Missourians

As the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry continues to push for a Missouri solution to Medicaid reform, a new study shows that such a solution would benefit the state’s working individuals and families.

Currently, Missouri has not agreed to accept up to $2 billion in annual federal funding to give 350,000 Missourians access to health care. A problem with Obamacare has left these Missourians with few options for receiving health care.

FamiliesUSA, a national health care organization, studied these 350,000 Missourians to see who they represent. They found that 60 percent of these people are either working or have worked within the last year.

“These are hardworking Missourians; people in our communities who we all know such as barbers, hairstylists, grocery clerks, dental assistants and others,” said Brendan Cossette, Director of Legislative Affairs for the Missouri Chamber of Commerce. “These people were left out in the cold by Obamacare. But now, our state has an opportunity to help make sure this important segment of our workforce has access to health care.”

An additional 20 percent are individuals who are not in the workforce at all due to being a student, having a disability, living with a working spouse or having chosen to leave the workforce. The remaining 20 percent are unemployed Missourians.

The working Missourians who would be helped by Medicaid reform serve in a wide variety of professions: food service, sales, cleaning, administrative support, transportation, construction, personal care, production and health care support.

“In fact, expanding Medicaid would give hundreds of thousands of working Missourians acces to affordable health insurance,” according to the FamiliesUSA report (link: http://familiesusa.org/sites/default/files/product_documents/MCD_Missouri%20Medicaid%20gap%20and%20employment_web_v2.pdf). “That will create a healthier workforce. A healthier workforce is a more productive workforce, and that would benefit Missouri employers.”

The report also argues that the additional $2 billion in federal funding will boost the state’s economy.

“The Medicaid expansion will do more than give many Missourians access to health insurance: It will provide needed economic stimulus,” according to the report. “The federal government pays for just over 63 percent of the current Medicaid program, and the state pays the rest. For the expansion, federal funding is much more generous: The federal government will pay all of the costs of the expansion through 2016. The federal share will then gradually fall to 90 percent in 2020, where it will stay.”

In accepting the federal funding, the Missouri Chamber favors a plan that would tie Medicaid dollars to reforms to the state’s welfare programs.

For more information about health care legislation, contact Cossette at bcossette@mochamber.com or by phone at 573-634-3511.

Media Advisory


The Hon. U.S. Sen. Christopher “Kit” Bond will be part of a panel discussing the next steps that will be taken to secure Medicaid expansion and reforms during the 2014 Legislative Session.  The presentation will be at the 2014 Missouri Chamber Day Conference being held at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25, 2014.  Sen. Bond will allow media availability immediately following his presentation, which runs from 9:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Medicaid expansion and reform will be one of several legislative topics that will be covered during the annual conference. (A full agenda is attached.)  Later in the day, attendees of the conference will go to the Capitol to engage in grassroots lobbying by visiting their local legislators. 

The purpose of the Missouri Chamber Day is to provide employers with a forum for discussing legislative priorities and the opportunity to discuss these priorities with their state senators and representatives.

The media is welcome to attend any portion of the event.  Twitter hashtag:  #mochamberday 

Missouri Chamber Day at the Capitol
February 25, 2014


8:30 a.m. Registration

9:00 a.m. Welcome
Dan Mehan, President & CEO, Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry

9:15 a.m. Medicaid Reform Pays Off – Here’s How
Hon. Christopher S. “Kit” Bond
, former U.S. Senator for Missouri
Brendan Cossette
, Director of Legislative Affairs, Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry

10:00 a.m. Making the Case for Economic Development
John Mehner, President & CEO, Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce
Rob O’Brian, President, Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce

10:30 a.m. Networking Break

10:45 a.m. Fostering Entrepreneurship
Jason Hall, Vice President Business Development and Corporate Counsel, St. Louis Regional Chamber
Paul Schwetz, President of Greater Missouri Imaging
Dane Stangler, Vice President of Research & Policy, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

11:30 a.m. Federal Update from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
John Gonzales, Sr. Manager, Congressional and Public Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

11:45 a.m. Luncheon and Keynote Speaker
Susan Stagner, Vice President, State Relations, Connections Academy

12:45 p.m. Lobbying Strategy at the Capitol
Tracy King, Vice President of Governmental Affairs, Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry

1:00 p.m. Walk to Missouri Capitol Building House Lounge

1:30 p.m. Welcome to the Missouri Capitol
Sen. Mike Kehoe, Assistant Majority Floor Leader, Missouri Senate
Rep. John Diehl, Majority Floor Leader, Missouri House of Representatives

2:00-4:30 p.m. Grass Roots Lobbying
Participants will disperse to the Missouri Capitol Building for grass roots lobbying and to watch debate on key issues in the Missouri House and Senate galleries.

2:00 p.m. (Optional) Observe Debate in House Gallery (if in session)

4:00 p.m. (Optional) Observe Debate in Senate Gallery (if in session)

Missouri Chamber advocates for legislation that couples Medicaid expansion with market-based reforms

This week, Rep. Noel Torpey, a Republican from Independence, filed legislation that the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry believes could become the compromise to secure billions of dollars in federal Medicaid funding.  His bill, House Bill 1901, combines Medicaid expansion with market-based reforms.

“We urge lawmakers to consider this legislation, not only for the thousands of additional Missourians that we would be able to help by securing billions in federal funding,” said Missouri Chamber President/CEO Daniel P. Mehan.  “But also to help us keep the doors open in the health care facilities of our rural and urban communities, which, quite frankly, have been put in jeopardy by the ACA.”

The Affordable Care Act was designed to reduce government reimbursement to hospitals for uncompensated care as a trade-off for states to expand the Medicaid program and offer other insurance options, such as health insurance exchanges. In states that choose not to expand Medicaid, such as Missouri, health care systems and consumers will be left paying the increased costs.

“We know that employers, who pay for the majority of private health insurance, are going to be the hardest hit.  We can’t afford to shift billions of dollars annually onto our health care systems and job creators,” Mehan said.  “That’s why we are pushing so strongly for this compromise.”

Combining market-based reforms to the Medicaid system with the expansion is critical to gaining Republican support for the plan.

“We are closely monitoring the details of the reforms and know that these initial concepts may change greatly through debate,” Mehan said.  “However, we see Rep. Torpey’s bill as an important first step toward a viable solution.”

For more information about health care legislation and the Missouri Chamber’s ongoing efforts to expand Medicaid, contact Brendan‎ Cossette, Director of Legislative Affairs/Associate General Counsel at the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, at bcossett@mochamber.com or by phone at 573-634-3511.