St. Louis Regional Chamber Delegation Meets with Governor, General Assembly Leadership at Annual Lobby Day

by Charlie Hinderliter | Jan 25, 2017

A delegation of over 90 private sector executives and leaders visited Jefferson City on January 18th as part of the St. Louis Regional Day at the Capitol.  The Chamber once again joined with eight partner organizations and local chambers of commerce to discuss regional policy and legislative priorities with newly-elected Governor Greitens and leaders in both the Missouri Senate and House of Representatives.

The delegation shared the Chamber’s top priorities with the Governor and General Assembly, and had the opportunity to hear from the top executive and legislative leaders about their vision for the future of business in Missouri.  The policy priorities, part of the 2017 Agenda for Regional Prosperity, continue the Chamber’s focus on advocating for forward-thinking economic policies that will create jobs and grow the regional St. Louis economy.   

The Chamber’s top legislative issue for 2017 is passing a statewide Earned Income Tax Credit, which will break the cycle of poverty and grow Missouri’s economy by encouraging more individuals to enter the workforce.  EITC has strong legislative sponsors in both the House and Senate and the policy closely reflects Governor Greitens’ State of the State remarks calling for a system that lifts people out of poverty and into the middle class, based on hard work and personal responsibility.  Other priority legislative issues for Missouri include supporting local public safety initiatives, building and investing in infrastructure, ensuring competitive Missouri Technology Corporation funding, and significant tort reforms.

In addition to meetings with Governor Greitens and his senior staff, the delegation met with Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, Senate Majority Leader Mike Kehoe, Speaker Todd Richardson and Minority Leader Sen. Gina Walsh.  In all, the delegation met with over 50 legislators from the St. Louis region and across the state to advocate for policies that will make St. Louis a more inclusive and attractive place to live, work and invest for all people.


Group photo of the St. Louis Regional Day at the Capitol delegation of more than 90 business and civic leaders that traveled to the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City.
 Warner Baxter, Chairman, President & CEO of Ameren Corporation and Chairman of the St. Louis Regional Chamber, introduces Governor Greitens to the delegation.
Warner Baxter, Chairman, President & CEO of Ameren Corporation and Chairman of the St. Louis Regional Chamber, introduces Governor Greitens to the delegation.
 
Governor Eric Greitens shares his priorities for his first year in office.  The delegation met with the Governor in his office and had an engaging conversation touching on a variety of topics.

Sen. Bob Onder meets St. Louis delegates
(from left) Bailey Tripp and Nelly Balley, St. Louis Regional Chamber,
Cheryl Norton, President of Missouri American Water, Warner Baxter, Chairman, President & CEO of Ameren Corporation,
John Sondag, President of AT&T Missouri, Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake St. Louis), Joe Reagan, President & CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber, Rick Sullivan, CEO of St. Louis Public Schools, Doug Sitton, President of Sitton Energy Solutions

 

Sen. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) speaks about his bill to establish an Earned Income Tax Credit in Missouri, SB 197, which is the top legislative priority of the St. Louis Regional Chamber in Missouri this year.
 State Treasurer Eric Schmitt meets St. Louis delegates
(from left) State Treasurer Eric Schmitt, Warner Baxter, Chairman, President & CEO of Ameren Corporation,
Cheryl Norton, President of Missouri American Water,
Kitty Rattcliffe, President of St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, Austin Walker, St. Louis Regional Chamber, 
John Sondag, President of AT&T Missouri
 
 Delegates 2017
(from left) Craig Unruh, AT&T Missouri, Speaker Todd Richardson (R-Poplar Bluff), and Christine Page, Missouri American Water, at the reception.
 Gina Walsh
(from left) Tom Campbell, Polsinelli and 
Senate Minority Leader Gina Walsh (D-St. Louis County) at the reception.
 Sen. Richard
Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard (R-Joplin) addresses the delegation at lunch, sharing his insight on how this year's session will progress.
 Sen. Kehoe
Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe (R-Jefferson City) speaks to the assembled
delegation about growing up in St. Louis and the importance of transportation infrastructure.
More STL Delegates 2017
 (from left) Kitty Rattcliffe, President of St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin), and Rep. Gretchen Bangert (D-Florissant) at the reception.
 Group 6
Small groups of the delegation met with members of the legislature in the afternoon. 
(from left) Angela Tate, Behavioral Health Response, Rebecca Zoll, North County Inc, Greg Laposa, St. Louis Regional Chamber,
Christine Page, Missouri American Water, Mary Adams, University City
Chamber of Commerce, and Reggi Rideout, Simply Strategy

More information on the Chamber’s policy agenda can be found on the blog. You can view additional photos from the day on the Chamber's Flickr page.