Year in Brief: November rout positions Missouri GOP to control 2017 session

A November election that brought key Republican victories across the country saw the GOP strengthen its already powerful position in Missouri, setting the party up to enact its legislative priorities in the state with limited opposition.

Republican Eric Greitens defeated Democrat Chris Koster in the race for governor to lead a GOP sweep of Missouri’s five statewide offices that were up for grabs, and Missouri Republicans retained supermajorities in both the House and Senate.

The Year in Brief offers a look at the business stories that were most important to Missouri in 2016, and that will continue to shape the state in 2017 and beyond.

House Republicans have said that so-called right-to-work legislation and tort reform will be among their top 2017 priorities. It’s viewed as a virtual certainty that Greitens will sign right-to-work legislation, which prohibits the mandatory collection of union dues in unionized workplaces.

Missouri Republicans also have suggested legislation that would phase out the state’s corporate income tax and introduce statewide regulation of ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft. In short, 2017 is shaping up to be a big year for Big Business in Missouri.

Red was not the only color to dominate Missouri’s election season; the Show-Me State also found itself awash in green as the governor’s race and the state’s U.S. Senate race both set spending records.

Those totals are noteworthy because November’s election could be the state’s last without campaign-donation limits. Amendment 2, which voters approved in November but was quickly challenged in federal court, restricts donations to $2,600 per candidate per election.

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