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Department of Labor’s New Rule Hurts All

By Joy Krieger As the director of the Asthma Allergy Federation of St. Louis, I work tirelessly within our limited resources to help provide essential services to the most vulnerable members of our community. This is why I’m deeply concerned with the Department of Labor’s published rule updating the Fair Labor Standards Act and raising

Charter Public School Students Deserve Equitable Funding and Not A ‘Red Herring’ Argument

By Douglas P. Thaman, Executive Director – Missouri Charter Public Schools Association Sixty-two years ago, on May 17, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered their ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, a decision changing education in the United States forever and confirming what sits at the core of being an American: every child, regardless of their ethnicity or socioeconomic

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Missouri leads Midwest in clean-energy job growth; expansion set to continue   

By Byron DeLear and Tim Murray   One brilliant economic success story for Missouri is the fact that we are currently enjoying the highest clean-energy job growth in the Midwest. According to a recent report based on U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, 52,000 Missourians work in clean-energy with 13,000 workers added in the past year alone.

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Putting the Breaks on the EPA Overreach in Missouri to Protect Taxpayer Dollars

By Jack Bondon   This spring, the United States Supreme Court took the step of granting a request to stay Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan. The stay indicates that the Supreme Court has serious reservations about the legality of the Clean Power Plan and was the right move to protect states’ rights in

Protecting Missouri Consumers

By Sen. Gary Romine, R-Farmington   In last week’s column, I discussed my ongoing fight to protect Missourians from experiencing undue hardship at the hands of our various utility companies. Year after year, the water, gas and electric monopolies have attempted to find new ways to more easily raise rates on Missouri consumers, and 2016


Raising a toast to more beer options in Missouri

By James C. Weyand, Hannibal, MO I’m a craft brew type of guy. My group of friends and I are frequently searching local stores for something a little different than the average Bud Light. It is a quest for new and highly rated Stouts, Porters, IPAs and other artisan crafted beer. It’s not just a

Reasons to support infrastructure modernization

By John J. Reed   During this legislative session, the Missouri General Assembly has been debating how to modernize Missouri’s electric infrastructure, and with good reason. Today the electric grid is the life blood of our economy, and the foundation of many technologies that we have not just come to enjoy, but also to depend on for