Missouri business groups plan legislative strategy

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 | 4:58 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri business groups will ask the incoming legislature for more protection against lawsuits, changes in workers' compensation laws and an end to increases in the minimum wage tied to inflation.

Businesses also are seeking to freeze the amount of corporate franchise taxes they pay, and to change the bonds used to pay for unemployment insurance.

A coalition of business groups outlined its legislative priorities Tuesday, one day before Missouri lawmakers open the annual session. The business officials say the proposals will promote economic development and help create jobs without costing the state money.

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