Posted: May 19, 2012 12:05 PM by Associated Press
Updated: May 19, 2012 9:50 PM
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - As this year's legislative session comes to an end, Missouri lawmakers say they've made the state more business-friendly.
They say they've lowered taxes, eliminated burdensome regulations and stopped lawsuits between employees over accidental workplace injuries.
But despite large majorities in both the House and Senate, Republicans have only passed into law three of six proposals identified by the state Chamber of Commerce and Industry as needed to help the state's businesses.
Last year, lawmakers voted to phase out the state's franchise tax and restructure unemployment benefits. This year, they tried to change the state's workplace discrimination laws and modify the workers' compensation system. But Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed proposals in both areas.
Republican leaders say they will try to pass those laws in the future.