BIPEC 2014 Report Card

BIPEC 2014 Report Card
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  Legislator Busine,$s' & IObs Report Cerd 2ot4, Legislatirc $,esslo n How Mississippi Legislators Vote on Business, |obs andEconomic Growth Issues www.bipec.org  WHY IT,S IMPORTANT - DETAILS ABOUT THE E\IALUATION PROCESS How to use the BIPEC Legislative ]obs Report Card? In l-980, the Business and Industry Political Education Committee IBIPECJ was founded by Mississippi's business and professional leaders to supply needed political research information. Founders wanted credible information to identiSr legislative candidates who understood needs and concerns of employers...these employers are the people who take risks to create jobs, stimulate our economy and give back to communities Use this guide to determine and assess your legislator's support of the employers who provide the jobs our state needs to thrive' Our objective is to assist with the constituent/voters quest for legislative accountability and transparency. Please visit wvyw.bipec,org for additional information and for links to variousother resources that will help you to seek accountability from your elected officials. Whatare the five performance levels? Lawmakers are given one of five performance grades. Each grade indicates to business leaders how in general,legislators support economic growth, jobs and other broad job-related issues. Business Champion A StrongBusiness SupPort B AverageBusinessSuPPort C BelowAverage Business SuPPort D Failing Business Support F What does a performance evaluation mean? BIPEC's performance evaluation is a measuring stick used to determine each legislator's business philosophy, attitude and effectiveness in supporting the growth/enhancement of jobs in Mississippi. The BIPEC Business & Jobs grade is composed of two parts, the objective portion, which is reflective of the selected votes legislators cast and detailed with the enclosed vote key , and the subjective portion, which is used to measure the non-voting actions of the legislator.Over 35 business and professional leaders participate in the rating process. Key factors of the assessment are: . Legislator's votes on clearly identified economic principles and employer issues . Leadership in committee and floor debates on job-related issues . Encouragement of other legislators to support economic growth and build coalitionsto promote job development What types of votes are used in the ratings? It is important to note that no single issue dominated BIPEC's ratings. A great deal of effort is made to ensure that the votes chosen represent a broad cross-section of employer-related issues. Votes impacting operating costs and restriction of management choices are viewed as very important. Key subject areas include: . Government growth ' Labor/management issues . Government regulation ' Incentives for job growth . Privatization of government services . Workers Compensation . Lawsuit reduction ' Business taxation . Environmental protection . Government spending controlsThe 2074 Bills and Action Card and, Bills Vote Key The Bills and Action Card gives brief descriptions of the legislation, the vote totals, and the business vote position fyes or no). The Bills Vote Key provides the voting tally sheet for each of the legislators and their votes used for the scoring process' For additional information including direct links to the MS Legislature website, Bills and Action Cards and Voting Keys, please visit www.bipec.org .  BIPEC 2OT4 LncISLAToR BusINEss & ]OBS SconE CIRD HB 641 [ommercial driver's license;enhances the efficiency of regulatory personnel management practices and productivity fortrucking industry by provlding/allowing the electronic exchange of driver medical cards Senate Votesill51-0 HB 680 from frivolous litiqati HB 785 lncome tax; authorizes/incentivizes a tax credit for costs paid by a company in relocating their national or regional headquarters to Misissippi HB 799 Taxation;The MS Iaxpayer Fairnes Act strengthens M5's pro-busines iax climate by providing definitive $andards for using/determining alternative tax liability methods, allows for contesting/appeal of advene tax rulings without the burden of bond expenses, and clarifies the tax appeals process 2065 [orp. franchise ux law;this bill the computation of capital, paid-in capital, surplus, and retained earnings while removing the requirementthattreasurystock must be purchased with corporate earnings in order for the cost of the stock to be utilized to reduce capital - this state tax chanqe is comparable with federaltaxtreatment 58 2378 MS Uniform Construction [ode;adopts recognized building codes/ standards in accordance wrth the lnternational Building fode and strengthensthe M5 Building Code founcil sB 2473 The Prohibition Against Employer lntimidation Act ; prohibits a pers0n,0rganizati0n, union, or other entity from damaging, harming, 0r threateningto harm/coerce/intimidate a busines or their employees from exercising their legal rights, in an attempt t0 obtain something of value (i.e. neutrality agreement, card check agreement, r0llectirle bargaining recognition) for a union, c0rp0rati0n, or other orqanization sB 2797 5B 2553 Labor unions; prohibits an organized effort to use picketing and the use of obstacles to block a business'ingres/egress, and from targeting privateresidences as a part ofa labor disputeUninsured motorist corlerage; requires insurers, during the sale/issuance of an auto liability policy, to listthe benefits of uninsured motorist coverage,and if re;ected, (reates a legal presumption of a knowing, voluntaryrejeclion ofcoverage 58 2689 Local government; prohibits local governments from creating regulations that limit an employer's ability to perform background checks of potential/ in order to maintain a fair, secure 58 2733 Product liability;amends product liability lawto include the designers of a product;strengthens tort reform measures by protecting designersMS Employment Fairnes Act; prevents local governmentsfrom usingordinances, zoning, licensure, or conditional procurement to force employen to use organized laborExempt from sales taxation sales of certain truck{ractors; provides a sales tax exemption for the purchase of truck{ractors and semitrailers to be used by trucking companies for interstate commerce Unemployment compensation, rreate the Workforce lnvestment Fund;Provides 54m in addt'l Workforce Enhancement Training funds, generates51m for State Workforce lnvestment Board to use for program development/maintenance, and reduces the'14 employer paid Unemployment General Experience rate 37 -15 36-15 31-15 5B 2934 sB 29s8 BILLS AND ACTION CARD Business/Jobs Vote  rf.t \ LN I '= .9 o& '5 o- tst (u = 6 € oxo Ec (+U = <u J (u c o : E r\l l\ 1+l -l F \ r o + n (N c\ UJ o OE (9 F  oo o o1-= L (JiF0Ead zc lrt ct) ct) t ct) r i-f Fi 3 ct) lrl (, r J$ FT O N c & U H t c - J.1 & i ct) FA o l-. ,z ct)ct) FI] z -l cn J FA d, c I- J ct) lrl (, Fq J (, & o U Lr.] I FA = 3 oE -a) ao E a,) = tE rlJ CL G, (g(g o- tY. o (E = a) r = r{ <u +/ fE z. 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