Jason Hall, CEO of Greater St. Louis, Inc., issued the following statement after the Missouri General Assembly’s 2021 Regular Session adjourned sine die. 

“Greater St. Louis, Inc. was pleased to be able to work with business leaders and legislators from the metro and across Missouri to fight for transformative, pro-growth and inclusive policies. These wins represent the effectiveness of speaking with clarity of voice as a unified business community through Greater St. Louis, Inc.

“We secured big wins that increase the state’s investment in transportation infrastructure by $500 million a year, level the playing field in bringing tax fairness to Main Street and small businesses, and drive more resources to entrepreneurs and innovators in our state through increased funding for the Missouri Technology Corporation. These are investments that will create jobs and drive growth in St. Louis and throughout Missouri. 

“We also applaud the legislature’s decision to protect Missouri businesses from predatory coronavirus-related lawsuits by passing a commonsense COVID-19 business liability bill that protects hardworking Missouri businesses.

“We were also pleased to be a part of the broad, bipartisan efforts to stop legislation that would have hindered economic growth in the St. Louis metro, including bills that would have discriminated against young transgender athletes and efforts that would have negatively impacted our public transit system. 

“While there are several historic victories to celebrate, we will continue to work to find a path forward on Medicaid expansion and a renewed Research & Development Tax Credit program. 

“We look forward to continuing to work with leaders at the local, state and federal level to champion pro-growth and inclusive public policies that create jobs and expand economic opportunity for all.”