Morning Minutes: Lawmakers question Ferguson session, SHOP brings few options

Jay Nixon addresses the crowd at a 2012 event. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons
Jay Nixon addresses the crowd at a 2012 event. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Here are this morning’s top business headlines from across Missouri:

Lawmakers question Nixon’s call for Ferguson special session

Gov. Jay Nixon announced he will call a special session of the state legislature to approve funding for National Guard and Missouri Highway Patrol operations in Ferguson, but some legislative leaders are questioning the need for such a session.

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Employees face limited options on small business health insurance marketplace

Missouri’s “employee choice” feature won’t be available for 2015 because only one insurance provider offers plans in the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) marketplace.

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Senator calls for comprehensive study of state tax code

Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, is introducing a bill calling for Missouri’s first state tax study commission since 1968.

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After another wave of riots, West Florissant businesses ponder future

The street, a major Ferguson thoroughfare, has been hit twice in the last four months by waves of vandalism and looting — in August after Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown and again last week after a grand jury declined to indict Wilson.

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Small Business Saturday provides boost for local retailers

Retailers across the Kansas City area and around the state participated over the weekend in Small Business Saturday, the little guys’ answer to Black Friday.

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