Big year for Big Business ahead in Missouri legislature

With Republican Gov.-elect Eric Greitens set to take office in January, GOP legislative leaders in Missouri are planning to unleash tougher regulations on unions and more lenient regulations on business. They want to make it harder for workers to sue an employer, and they hope to cut the length of unemployment benefits.

And unlike in the past, when Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto pen stopped many of these bills in their tracks, Greitens has vowed to sign them.

One the top priorities for Republicans, who have supermajorities in the Missouri House and Senate, is passing a so-called right-to-work law. In right-to-work states, employees in unionized workplaces are not required to pay unions for the cost of being represented.

Supporters argue the law strengthens a state’s economy and encourages businesses to grow. Opponents, who dub the law “right to work for less,” say it simply weakens labor unions and lowers wages.

Republicans are also expected to push “paycheck protection” legislation, language changes in wrongful termination lawsuits, and legislation changing the length of state unemployment benefits.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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