• Senator Scott Sifton Speaks to MOPAN, Discusses Issues Facing Our Region

    Sep 14, 2016

    The St. Louis Regional Chamber held a Missouri Public Affairs Network meeting on September 9th. Attendees heard from Missouri State Senator Scott Sifton (D-1st) on a variety of issues including transportation funding, education, and the past legislative session.

    Senator Sifton stated that he believes some good work has been done during his time in legislature, but that “we haven’t done everything that we need to do” including Medicaid expansion, transportation funding, and education issues.

    The Senator highlighted the importance of improving our transportation and infrastructure system as state funding has decreased over the years. The Senator said that “our home grown industries need to have every competitive advantage they can” and a well built and maintained infrastructure is very important to that. He highlighted the defeat of SJR 39 as an example of maintaining these competitive advantages, noting that we are in a global competition for talent and need to keep our home-grown workers here. The Senator also praised the passage of SB 5, which reforms the municipal court system and limits the amount of money that municipalities can collect from traffic violations. 

    The biggest issue facing the Senators’ school districts is the Missouri school transfer law. He believes that this law was not intended to be implemented, and that any district that loses its accreditation status will be in danger of bankruptcy. He said that “we need to do what we can to lift unaccredited school districts to where they need to be” and noted that two bills on this issue were sent to the Governor, but both were vetoed. Senator Sifton also briefly discussed the challenges facing education funding in the state. 

    The biggest issue facing the Senators’ school districts is the Missouri school transfer law. He believes that this law was not intended to be implemented, and that any district that loses its accreditation status will be in danger of bankruptcy. He said that “we need to do what we can to lift unaccredited school districts to where they need to be” and noted that two bills on this issue were sent to the Governor, but both were vetoed. Senator Sifton also briefly discussed the challenges facing education funding in the state. 

    Senator Sifton speaking to MOPAN attendees
     Senator Sifton speaking to Missouri Public Affairs Network members
  • Chamber Announces 2016 Chamber Champion Award Winners

    Jul 27, 2016

    The St. Louis Regional Chamber is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Chamber Champion Awards.  Please join us on the evening of Monday, September 19, 2016 to celebrate with our award winners.  For more details on the event or to register, please contact Sherri Bailey at (314) 444-1134 or sbailey@stlregionalchamber.com.

    Champion Award Winners
    Missouri Senator Bob Dixon
    Missouri Representative Mike Colona
    Missouri Representative Jim Hansen
    Missouri Representative Mike Kelley
    Missouri Representative Jeremy LaFaver
    Missouri Representative Sharon Pace
    Missouri Representative Caleb Rowden
    Missouri Representative Anne Zerr

    Champion Award winners are lawmakers that have championed a priority issue for the Chamber and achieved meaningful success this session.

    Advocate Award Winners
    Missouri Senator Doug Libla 
    Missouri Senator Kurt Schaefer
    Missouri Representative Tom Flanigan
    Missouri Representative Todd Richardson

    Advocate Award winners are lawmakers that have championed a priority issue for the Chamber this session.

    Catalyst Award Winners
    Illinois Senator Matt Murphy 
    Illinois Senator Heather Steans 
    Illinois Representative Jerry Costello, II 
    Missouri Representative Justin Alferman
    Missouri Representative Shamed Dogan

    Catalysts Award winners are up-and-coming lawmakers that demonstrate promise for championing a priority issue for the Chamber in the future.

    Legacy Award Winners
    Missouri Senator Joe Keaveny
    Missouri Senator Eric Schmitt

    Legacy Award winners are lawmakers that have demonstrated a lifelong commitment to inspiring a greater St. Louis region.