Labor-Management Council sets legislative agenda for 2014

02/24/2014 2:28 PM

02/25/2014 5:49 PM

Directors of the Labor-Management Council of Greater Kansas City said at least three-fourths of its 80 company, union, government and nonprofit members agree on these issues this year:

• At the federal level, they support construction of the Keystone pipeline project and support a longer-term federal transportation bill. They want any future stimulus funds to include “significant vertical construction projects.”

They oppose a benefits tax in federal health care reform.

• In Missouri, they support “reasonable and effective economic development incentives” such as an angel tax credit and data center incentives. They want to preserve the historic tax credit and tax increment financing. They want to increase Medicaid eligibility and provider reimbursement. They support existing prevailing wage rules. They endorse retention of the “Missouri Plan” for judicial selection. They back development of a statutory framework for public employee collective bargaining.

• In Kansas, they support “reasonable and effective economic development incentives.” They support continued funding for the comprehensive transportation plan. They endorse retention of the “Missouri Plan” in Kansas for judicial selection.

They oppose immigration reform proposals that would put the burden of I-9 verification on contractors for subcontractors.

• In Kansas City, they oppose elimination of the city earnings tax until an alternative is in place.

Diane Stafford, stafford@kcstar.com

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