Missouri Minute: Missouri Legislature to focus on boosting economy; Effort to stop ‘right to work’ dealt blow in Missouri court

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

In session’s second half, Missouri Legislature to focus on boosting economy

In the second half of the Missouri Legislature’s session, which begins Monday, lawmakers are expected to push for changes that would alter the state’s employment discrimination law and workers’ compensation statutes. GOP leaders promised those changes in January, along with aggressive education reform, ethics reform and other proposals they say will lure businesses to the Show-Me state and boost Missouri’s economy. Read more

Effort to stop ‘right to work’ dealt blow in Missouri court

A Missouri judge said summaries of initiative petitions against “right to work” legislation no longer fit since Gov. Eric Greitens signed a law to ban mandatory union fees. Read more

Missouri’s attorney general sues Trump to help Trump

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley says he plans to help President Donald Trump in an unorthodox way: He’s going to sue him. During his campaign, Hawley, a Republican, pledged to go to court any time he felt the federal government overstepped its authority. And in his first month in office, he initiated or signed on to four lawsuits seeking to repeal federal regulations implemented during President Barack Obama’s administration. Read more

Columbia’s population growth in 2016 continued upward trend

According to recent U.S. Census data, Columbia’s metropolitan area grew by 1.17 percent, or just over 2,000 people, from 2015 to 2016. As a percentage, the growth is the highest in Missouri, and ranks tenth among other metropolitan areas in the Midwest. The growth from 2015 to 2016 is indicative of a larger trend in Columbia over the past several years. Since 2010, Columbia’s population has grown by 8.21 percent, which ranks first in Missouri and eighth in the Midwest. Read more

Missouri health-care providers worry as pressure continues to curb Medicaid

Missouri has one of the most restrictive Medicaid programs in the nation, in part a consequence of the state refusing to expand the program under the Affordable Care Act. And while Republican efforts to repeal and replace the ACA fell short last week, health care analysts say pressure on the Medicaid program will continue. Read more

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