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Missouri Minute: Parson avoids veto overrides; state officials monitoring revenue shortfall



Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Parson avoids veto overrides, sees House approve special session bills

Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday avoided the unusual fate of having vetoes overridden by a legislature controlled by his own party, as the Missouri House voted to override four of the governor’s vetoes but the Senate refused to take up votes on any of them. Following the completion of the annual veto session, House members reconvened the special session that started Monday, approving one bill to change Missouri’s STEM education requirements and another to expand the state’s treatment courts. Read more

State officials monitoring revenue amid $100 million downturn

Missouri budget officials and lawmakers are taking a close look at the state’s general revenue collections, which were down $100 million, or about 6.8 percent, over the first two months of its fiscal year. State Budget Director Dan Haug called the dip in revenues concerning and said his office is “monitoring it closely.” Read more

InterVision acquires California cloud services company

InterVision, an IT and data center company with regional headquarters in the St. Louis area, has acquired Infiniti Consulting Group, a cloud services and IT company based in Folsom, California. InterVision president and CEO Aaron Stone cited Infiniti’s depth of cloud services expertise as a driving factor in the acquisition. Read more

KC, St. Louis McDonald’s workers to strike over sexual harassment

Spurred to action by the #MeToo movement, McDonald’s workers in Kansas City and St. Louis plan to join workers from other cities across the U.S. next week in one-day strike to pressure the fast-food chain’s management to take stronger steps against sexual harassment in the workplace. Read more

National driver shortage spurs trucking industry, lawmakers to consider relaxed regulations

A national shortage of long-haul truckers is leading U.S. lawmakers to consider lowering the age minimum for commercial drivers licenses that allow drivers to cross the country in big rigs. The age limit is currently 21, but bills introduced in the U.S. House and Senate this year would lower the minimum to 18. Those plans come in the face of a labor shortage that has been looming for years and exacerbated by a surge in package delivery and flood of retirements by baby boomers. Read more

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