Tax cuts, labor laws, transportation funding remain in legislature’s last week

“Right-to-work” legislation, tax cuts and funding for transportation infrastructure are among the major issues remaining for Missouri lawmakers to address this week over the final five days of their regular session.

Here’s a look at a few key business issues with which the Republican-controlled legislature has been grappling:

‘Right to work’

Lawmakers advanced two measures Friday seeking to protect a right-to-work law they passed last year that would bar mandatory union fees in workplaces. A bill that would move a vote on whether to repeal the law to August, instead of November, won Senate approval last week and is expected to clear the House.

Another measure working its way through the House would let voters decide on an amendment enshrining the right-to-work law in the Missouri Constitution.

Tax cuts

Two bills are making progress, but both face another round of approval. One, sponsored by Sen. Andrew Koenig, R-St. Louis County, would cut individual and corporate tax rates. Another, sponsored by House Speaker Pro Tem Elijah Haahr, R-Springfield, would focus on individual tax rates.

Transportation infrastructure

Lawmakers said at the start of this year’s session that funding for the state’s roads and bridges was a priority. But proposed hikes to fuel taxes and transportation fees have been stripped from other bills, and no standalone gas tax hikes have passed the House or Senate.

Read more: Kansas City Star, Southeast Missourian

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