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Union labor workers gather at the Missouri State Capitol to protest labor reform measures. (Ben Peters/MISSOURI TIMES)

STL-KC Carpenters Regional Council fights back against prevailing wage repeal in new ad campaign

STL-KC Carpenters Regional Council fights back against prevailing wage repeal in new ad campaign

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri’s legislature has already pushed one major labor priority across the finish line this session, and some Republicans are now setting their eye on repealing the state’s prevailing wage law. SB 20, filed by Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, would repeal the prevailing wage and instead use the actual minimum wage as

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House passes bill limiting profession registration and licensing

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Last week, House Republicans voted in favor of a bill designed to prevent government from passing burdensome regulations. Rep. Robert Ross led the charge in last week’s passage of HB 480, a professional registration and licensing bill which defines when the government can intervene to write regulations and laws limiting certain

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House committee passes 20-week abortion ban

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Republicans continue pushing forward legislation challenging abortion laws in Missouri, with the latest act aiming to place a ban on all abortions in the second trimester of the pregnancy. Reps. Donna Lichtenegger and Phil Christofanelli’s Pain-Capable Unborn Protection Act was voted out of the Children and Families Committee with a final vote

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Greitens’ tax credit committee meets for first time

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Senators, representatives and the picks of Governor Eric Greitens gathered in Room 750 of the Truman Building on Thursday afternoon for the first meeting of the Governor’s Committee for Fair, Simple and Low Taxes. Their first meeting started late, as the three senators on the committee had been held up by

Rep. Jon Carpenter (right) lobbies Rep. Mike Moon (left) to vote agaisnt an emergency clause on Rep. Jason Chipman's minimum wage bill March 9, 2017. (Travis Zimpfer/THE MISSOURI TIMES)

Minimum wage restriction passes through House

Emergency clause passes by the skin of its teeth JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The House voted to pass a bill which would bar St. Louis, Kansas City, and other municipalities from raising their minimum wage above the state level, but not without a slight hiccup. When the House began voting for an emergency clause, several Republican

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Pace, Smith swap seats on Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Michael B. Pace, West Plains, has been named the new chair of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, and Gregg C. Smith, Clinton, is the new vice chair. Smith had served as the chair, but during their monthly meeting this past Wednesday, the commission rotated the leadership positions. Both men were

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New community college network seeks to build skilled workforce

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A new agreement between the state’s community colleges is looking to increase the availability of a skilled workforce in the Show-Me State and help the state’s economy grow. The Missouri Community College Workforce Development Network, signed by the heads of twelve different schools, aims to build a workforce to compete with

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Senate debates ridesharing bill days after Jefferson City approves Uber in capital city

Jefferson City, Mo. – Just two days after Uber received approval from Jefferson City to operate inside the city limits, the Missouri Senate has taken up HB 130 for a third reading. The legislation, passed out of the House in late January, seeks to give ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft the ability to operate

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Galloway to audit Dept. of Revenue’s issuing of tax refunds as part of Budget Integrity Series

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As millions of taxpayers continue filing their federal and state returns, many anxiously await the check in hopes of a large return. Oftentimes, that wait can seem to last forever, but Missouri state law requires the Department of Revenue to process income tax returns and send out the refunds within 45

Darryl Chatman speaks with Sen. Brian Munzlinger after his confirmation hearing March 8, 2017. (Travis Zimpfer/THE MISSOURI TIMES)

Senate holds confirmation hearing for new UM curators

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Three prospective University of Missouri System Curators answered questions from the Senate Gubernatorial Appointments Committee, who continued to express their concerns with the state’s public higher education institution. Gov. Eric Greitens named Darryl Chatman, Jamie Farmer, and Jeff Layman to the board last month, and did so with the desire to

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