Morning Minutes: ‘Paycheck protection’ gets approval, KC streetcar in jeopardy

Here are today’s top business headlines from across Missouri:

‘Paycheck protection’ gets veto-proof approval from House

The state House has given final approval to a bill regarding collection of public employee union dues which supporters are calling “paycheck protection.” Read more

Lawsuit attempts to halt Kansas City streetcar project

As Kansas City prepares to celebrate the grand opening of the downtown streetcar line this spring, a lawsuit from a local bus drivers union threatens to temporarily derail the project. Read more

Gubernatorial candidates make funding pitches to state chamber

Missouri’s five candidates for governor sounded off on a variety of economic topics, including a solution to the transportation funding crisis and how best to support a pro-business climate in the state, at the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s 2016 State of Missouri Business event on Thursday. Read more

Senate skeptical of ethics overhaul, balk on lobbying waiting period

Last year the Missouri Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill mandating a two-year waiting period for future legislators before they could return to the Capitol as professional lobbyists. On Thursday, the Senate approved a bill that included current lawmakers but failed to include any waiting period. Read more

Kansas City ag tech firm FarmLink to split into two businesses

FarmLink, a fast-growing Kansas City company that specializes in agriculture technology, announced Thursday that it will split into two distinct businesses. Read more

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