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St. Louis minimum wage increase takes effect Friday

St. Louis minimum wage increase takes effect Friday

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis City will raise its minimum wage to $10 an hour as the clock strikes midnight May 5. Circuit Judge Steven Ohmer lifted the injunction on the city ordinance that will bring the wage increase into effect. The bill will eventually cap out at $11/hour as of Jan. 1 , 2018. Minimum

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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

Gov. Eric Greitens signs right-to-work into law Feb. 6. 2017 (Travis Zimpfer/MISSOURI TIMES)

Greitens signs right-to-work bill into law, marking turning point for Missouri organized labor

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In an abandoned factory in Springfield and a business park in Poplar Bluff, Gov. Eric Greitens held ceremonial signing ceremonies celebrating the first bill of his tenure as governor, one that could arguably prove to be the most monumental of his entire term in office. Sen. Dan Brown’s SB 19, the

Rep. Holly Rehder argues for the apssage of the right-to-work bill she carried in the House Feb. 2, 2017. (Courtesy of Tim Bommel/House Communications)

House passes right-to-work bill, Greitens expected to sign Friday

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Union workers filled the House galleries Thursday morning only to witness one of the most devastating defeats for organized labor in Missouri history. The House passed Sen. Dan Brown’s SB 19, the right-to-work bill, with a vote of 100-59. Gov. Eric Greitens will likely sign the bill Friday. The day was a long

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U.S. Chamber targets Missouri with new legal reform ad campaign

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -– The U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) is taking aim at Missouri’s lawsuit climate with a new online and television advertising campaign. The ILR launched the campaign earlier this month, urging the Missouri General Assembly to take legal reform action. According to the 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey, conducted by Harris


Democrats question feasibility of Greitens’ State of the State proposals

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — After Gov. Eric Greitens first State of the State speech — which can be read here — Democratic leadership in the House and Senate wondered how Greitens would pay for many of his proposals, especially since he did not go into detail about his budget priorities. “Breaking with generations of past


MATA, Missouri Chamber dispute St. Louis’ status as “judicial hellhole”

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (MATA) and the Missouri Chamber of Commerce have renewed their feud over tort reform over a new report that lists St. Louis, Missouri as a “judicial hellhole.” The annual report, released Wednesday by the American Tort Reform Association, states that St. Louis moved up from

Missouri Chamber frustrated by Nixon vetoes

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Chamber of Commerce has voiced its frustration about three of Gov. Jay Nixon’s vetoes on Tuesday, including one that would have allowed company owners to sell their businesses to employees rather than close up shop or sell to a competitor. The other two vetoes that the chamber took issue

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Nixon signs laws intended to improve technical job-readiness

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Legislation intended to bolster the technical education available at Missouri high schools was signed into law by Gov. Jay Nixon on Monday. Under Senate Bill 620, sponsored by Sen. Gary Romine, R-Farmington, the state will create a new technical education certificate that high school students can earn alongside their diploma. Dan


Chamber, groups, businesses voice support for grid modernization

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Chamber of Commerce as well as more than 75 businesses and organizations voiced their support for the 21st Century Grid Modernization and Security Act. HB2689 would institute a comprehensive state energy plan (CSEP). “This important legislation will update our state’s energy policies, which will support additional investment to harden