Morning Minutes: Kansas City goes ‘smart’, Nixon vetoes ‘right-to-work’

Photos courtesy of (clockwise from top left), Wikimedia Commons, and Creative Commons
Photos courtesy of (clockwise from top left), Wikimedia Commons, and Creative Commons

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

Nixon vetoes ‘right-to-work’ bill

Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday delivered on his promise to veto the “right-to-work” bill passed by state lawmakers toward the end of their legislative session last month. The Democratic governor had previously signaled his intention to reject the anti-union bill, which would bar employers and unions from requiring workers to pay dues if a majority of employees have voted to join a union.

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Kansas City signs ‘smart city’ deal with Sprint, Cisco

Kansas City on Thursday signed its “smart city” plan, a $15 million effort in tandem with Sprint Corp. and Cisco Systems Inc. to install tech infrastructure downtown, especially along the city’s new streetcar line.

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New White House report promotes benefits of Medicaid expansion

Missouri could add 191,000 uninsured residents to Medicaid coverage if it expands eligibility by 2016, and the state would waive $1.37 billion in federal money next year if it doesn’t. That’s according to a new White House report that details the fiscal and health benefits for Missouri and other states if they decide to add more low-income residents to Medicaid.

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Slay spells out specifics of St. Louis minimum wage plan

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay on Thursday shared the details of his plan for raising the city’s minimum wage to $15 by 2020, which he contends is economically and morally just. Whether it’s legally feasible is another question.

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Sprint accelerator graduates second class, plans to broaden focus

As the 10 startups in the 2015 class of Sprint’s Mobile Health Accelerator wrapped up the program at a demo day Thursday, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure revealed plans to scrap the health-specific focus of the program and open it to mobile startups of all sorts.

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