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Missouri Chamber Announces Legislative Agenda

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce has released their legislative agenda for the 2022 year.

The Missouri Chamber plans to ask the legislature to reauthorize the Fast Track program. That program provides scholarships to adult Missourians who decide to pursue degrees, certificates, or credentials in in-demand fields. They also plan to suggest to lawmakers that more people could be helped if the Fast Track program becomes compatible with the apprenticeship program being experienced to the state.

Lawmakers will also be asked by the Missouri Chamber to provide short-term programs that lead to credentials in an effort to help Missouri businesses retain workers

The Missouri Chamber’s Technology 2030 Report showed Missouri is a leading state for growth in energy tech and IT. The Chamber feels Missouri has a chance to help address the global computer chip shortage. The Chamber will be seeking legislative support to develop policy to help Missouri business enhance their cybersecurity protection in response to cyberattacks. They also plan to develop the state’s research and development capacities that could lead to more job creation.

The Missouri Chamber says they will also stand against legislation already filed in Jefferson City that seeks to forbid employers from exercising their right of choice about requiring their workers be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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