St. Louis Regional Chamber Endorses Missouri Amendment 7 on the
August 5th Election
On August 5th, Missouri voters will
have the opportunity to vote yes on Amendment 7,
a measure to improve Missouri’s roads, bridges, and transit
through three-fourths of 1 percent of Missouri’s sales tax
over the next 10 years.
As transportation funding has declined, so has the
condition of Missouri’s roads. Two thousand of
Missouri’s bridges are structurally deficient; nearly
two-thirds of roadways are rated only fair or poor; and 20,000
miles of Missouri roads lack shoulders. It takes $483 million per
year to maintain the condition of our current transportation
systems, but by 2017 MoDOT’s budget will fall to $325
million. Amendment 7 is the only sustainable, accountable way to
address these realities.
Ninety percent of Amendment 7 revenue will fund state
priority transportation projects through MoDOT, and the remaining
10 percent will be split evenly between counties and cities for
local transportation projects. Creating the tax through a
constitutional amendment prevents future politicians from
diverting funds to non-transportation spending. Additionally, all
projects completed through MoDOT will be voted on by the Missouri
Highway Transportation Commission and completion will be
constitutionally guaranteed. You can find the full project list
Everyone benefits from a safe and efficient
transportation system. Not only will Amendment 7 make the
necessary upgrades to Missouri’s road and bridges, but will
spur job creation and long-term economic vitality. We encourage
our members to learn more at www.fixmoroads.com
and vote ‘Yes on 7’ on August 5.
Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray
LaHood Speaks to the Chamber’s Connect at Breakfast
The Chamber co-hosted a Connect at
Breakfast event on July 1st addressing transportation funding.
Ray LaHood, co-chair of Building America's
Future, delivered the keynote address emphasizing the importance
of congressional action on the Highway Trust Fund and state
funding of transportation. Secretary LaHood noted that he
normally focuses all his attention in these sorts of talks on the
Highway Trust Fund, but instead focused much of his talk here on
praising Missouri for Amendment 7 and the state's effort to
address crucial transportation funding. He endorsed
Amendment 7 and called upon the audience members to educate their
co-workers and employees on the ballot initiative.
LaHood, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, speaks
at the Connect at Breakfast
Chad Schrand, a director of the American
Society of Civil Engineers-St. Louis, presented ASCE's Report
Card on Missouri's infrastructure and the audience heard from a
panel of local experts. Panelists Bob Cannon,
group president for BJC HealthCare, Missouri State Rep.
Dave Hinson (R-119), Bill McKenna,
co-chair of Missourians for Safe Transportation and New Jobs, and
Eddie Roth, Deputy Chief of Staff to St. Louis
Mayor Slay, weighed in on Amendment 7 and a variety of
A few key take-aways from the
Chamber’s Facebook Page for more photos.
infrastructure is not on a sustainable course and additional
funding is needed if there is to be any chance for improvement.
Read ASCE's Report Card for Missouri's Infrastructure here.
- What is needed for
transportation funding: vision, leadership, willingness, and
courage. Government needs to tell the voters what they will do
and then do it (and do it well).
Amendment 7 on the August ballot is a great way to fund local and
state transportation needs. It is critical for businesses to
educate their employees the importance of this ballot
- In the future,
funding for a transportation project will likely need to come
from multiple sources, including federal, state, local, and
- To attract new
talent and new businesses to the region, we must have a strong
transportation infrastructure system.
U.S. State Department Official Visits the
On Monday, June 2nd the St. Louis Regional Chamber
hosted Judith Heumann, Special Advisor for
International Disability Rights at the U.S. State Department.
Ms. Heumann spoke with more than 30 people on the Convention on
the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She informed the
gathering that the treaty, which is modeled after U.S. law and
the Americans with Disabilities Act, has been signed by the
President, but not ratified by the Senate. The treaty does not
apply to the United States until the Senate ratifies the treaty
with a two thirds vote. 145 countries have ratified the treaty
Judith Heumann shared three reasons why the treaty is
important to the United States. First, it makes it easier for
U.S. citizens, including disabled civilians, wounded veterans,
and the elderly, to work, study, and travel abroad. Second, it is
good for business in the United States. Ratification will open
up new markets for American businesses as other countries will
need the accessible products, technology, and expertise that have
been developed here. Third, ratification reinforces
America’s leadership worldwide on disability rights
|Judith Heumann, Special Advisor for
Disability Rights at the U.S. State
Department, talks with
Jason Hall, Vice President, Business
Development and Corporate
Counsel at the St. Louis Regional
Chamber after the meeting.
After Ms. Heumann finished, Colleen
Starkloff, Co-Director of the Starkloff Disability
Institute advocated for the ratification of the treaty by the
U.S. Senate and asked attendees to contact Sen. Blunt and express
their support for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with
Disabilities. The U.S. Chamber supports ratification of the
– St. Louis Regional Chamber Annual
The Regional Chamber will host its Annual
Event at the Peabody Opera House on Thursday, July
24th. Registration and cocktails begin at 6:00 p.m.
For more information please contact Linda Leonard at (314)
444-1138 or email@example.com.
July 28th - Illinois Public Affairs Network
Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL 15) (pictured right) will
be the keynote speaker at an Illinois
Public Affairs Network meeting on Monday,
July 28th at the Doubletree Hotel in
Collinsville, IL. Breakfast will be available at
7:30 a.m., and the meeting will be held from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
to register for the event. (Chamber members only).
July 29th - Connect at Breakfast
Why the Business Community Supports Rigorous
College & Career Readiness Standards
Join us for a panel of national experts and local
business and education leaders discuss why
maintaining rigorous and relevant college and career
readiness standards is vital to our region's ability to develop a
globally competitive workforce. The event is from
7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Danforth Plant Science Center. Click
to register for the event.
August 6th - Connect at Breakfast
EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks joins us for a
conversation on "What the Clean Power Plan Means for Your
Business." The event is $10 for members and is from
7:30-9:00 a.m. at the RCC. To register, call Karen Butchko
at (314) 444-1109 or email her at
For questions or more information, please contact
Sherri Bailey at (314) 444-1134 or
contact the Chamber's public policy
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