State of Missouri Archives: on Corporations

Lucas Kunce: Monopolies keep us divided because together we have power

I work for a non-profit fighting corporate monopoly power that has bulldozed over our communities. We fight big ag, pharmaceutical cartels, and the wall street profiteers who have been tearing us up--the monopoly corporations and politicians who do everything they can to keep us divided because together, we have power.
Source: 2021 Missouri Senate campaign website Mar 10, 2021

Lucas Kunce: We need to break the oppressive corporate monopoly structure

[On competition]: "The oppressive corporate monopoly structure we're living under right now, we need to break that," he said, noting a slew of Missouri-based companies, including Anheuser-Busch and Monsanto, have become foreign-owned in recent years. "Pharmaceutical cartels, big agriculture, big tech, defense monopolies--all of them make it hard for a regular person to compete in the economy."
Source: Huffington Post on 2022 Missouri Senate race Mar 9, 2021

Lucas Kunce: Corporate self-interest gave China control of supply chain

It's a uniquely modern American mentality that places all other principles behind the greatest principle of all: the pursuit of self-interest. Exploiting that philosophy is the foundation of how China took control of our entire supply chain, numerous industries, and know-how that America, as a society, paid for and developed, and even a huge slice of "materials and technologies deemed strategic and critical to U.S. national security," as outlined in a recent national-security report.
Source: The American Prospect on 2022 Missouri Senate race Dec 9, 2020

Nicole Galloway: End Missouri's Big Business Bonus: no bonus for early taxes

Missourians deserve a level playing field when it comes to the taxes they pay. They're rightly upset by the thought that the system is being rigged in someone else's favor.

Individual taxpayers know that if you're late paying your taxes, you'll pay penalties and interest. There's no bonus for meeting the deadline.

Which brings us to what I'd like to call "Missouri's Big Business Bonus." Businesses in Missouri--including the state's largest retailers--pocketed about $124 million in fiscal year 2018 and $120 million in fiscal year 2017--just for turning in the sales taxes they owe on time. Not early, mind you, but by the legal deadline. Those are sales and use taxes that you as a customer paid, but the business got to keep, merely because they paid their taxes on time. Missouri is one of 28 states that offer this break to retailers, but our state's discount for timely payments is the second-most generous in the nation.

Source: Columbia Daily Tribune OpEd in 2020 Missouri Governor race Aug 24, 2019

Claire McCaskill: Amend banking rules in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Q: Financial Regulation: Support cutbacks in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?

Josh Hawley (R): Yes. Argued that its creation was unconstitutional.

Claire McCaskill (D): No, but voted to amend some of its banking rules.

Source: 2018 Issue Guide on Missouri Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Claire McCaskill: Supports Net Neutrality: equal access to all users

Q: Net Neutrality: Require internet providers to provide equal access to all users?

Josh Hawley (R): Unknown.

Claire McCaskill (D): Yes. Co-sponsored bill to restore rule requiring this.

Source: 2018 Issue Guide on Missouri Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Josh Hawley: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is unconstitutional

Q: Financial Regulation: Support cutbacks in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?

Josh Hawley (R): Yes. Argued that its creation was unconstitutional.

Claire McCaskill (D): No, but voted to amend some of its banking rules.

Source: 2018 Issue Guide on Missouri Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Tony Monetti: Lower corporate tax rates where possible

I will fight for the Middle Class and value our workers who are the backbone of our country. They deserve fair pay and less taxes. The federal government should encourage job training programs, invest in technology to increase our competitive edge, and stimulate technological innovation. Finally, we must reform our tax structure to reflect a fair distribution of the load by reducing entitlements, lowering corporate tax rates where possible, and re-thinking our current income tax base.
Source: 2018 Missouri Senatorial campaign website Feb 22, 2018

Josh Hawley: Went after big mortgage companies for improper loans

AG Josh Hawley, along with AG's from 48 states reached a $45MM settlement with mortgage lender and servicer PHH Mortgage Corporation. The settlement resolves allegations that PHH improperly serviced mortgage loans from 2009 through 2012. "Home ownership is at the center of the American dream, and my Office will take action against companies whose illegal business practices would frustrate that dream," Hawley said. "This settlement holds PHH to account for its improper loan servicing practices."
Source: AG press release on 2018 Missouri Senate race Jan 4, 2018

Jason Kander: Close tax loopholes for companies that send jobs overseas

Q: What would you do to support economic and job growth?

Jason Kander: I will fight to close tax loopholes for companies that send jobs overseas and work to make sure our tax system provides targeted tax relief for small businesses and the middle class so working families can get ahead. We need to make sure the minimum wage is a livable wage, women earn equal pay for equal work and higher education is an affordable option for all.

Source: LWV's on 2016 Missouri Senate Race Sep 19, 2016

John Brunner: Served as CEO of personal care products manufacturer

Brunner touted his experience in the private sector, where he served as CEO of personal care products manufacturer Vi-Jon. In the private sector, he said, he learned the skills needed to unseat McCaskill, such as surrounding himself with "a great team." He said, "You have to have a great message, and a great message is not another career politician."

Akin, a six-term congressman, took exception. "If I were a career politician, I'd stay in a safe congressional district, wouldn't I? I don't think the Senate is the place for on-the-job training," he said.

Steelman responded that Brunner has surrounded himself with high-priced political consultants who are likely telling him that the winning message is painting his opponents as career politicians.

Brunner, who has poured more than $2 million of his own money into his campaign, called Akin's remarks about on-the-job training "political talk." His opponents' recent job experience "is a little different than being on the production line," he said.

Source: Columbia Daily Tribune on 2012 Missouri Senate debate Apr 22, 2012

Peter Kinder: Work together to try and make the stimulus work for Missouri

Nixon's embrace of the stimulus is in marked contrast to the Republican reaction. Kinder sharply criticized Democrats for pushing the legislation through so quickly that legislators couldn't study it. But even though Kinder was critical of how the
Source: on 2016 Missouri gubernatorial race Feb 20, 2009

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