Missouri Minute: Greitens calls second special session; analysts call Kansas tax cuts ‘a lesson’ to nation

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

Greitens calls special session over anti-discrimination measure, abortion regulations

First-year Gov. Eric Greitens called his second special session on Wednesday, ordering lawmakers back to Jefferson City with designs on nullifying a St. Louis ordinance that bars discrimination against women for reproductive health decisions, and on instituting new abortion regulations across the state. The St. Louis ordinance bans employers and landlords from discriminating against women who use contraceptives, have had an abortion or are pregnant. Read more

Kansas tax ‘experiment’ offers lessons to the nation, analysts say

Less than five years into its “march to zero,” Kansas has retreated from Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts, and policy analysts say the nation would be wise to learn from the state’s battle scars. Kansas lawmakers overrode Brownback’s veto Tuesday night, effectively ending the tax cuts the governor had promised would be a “shot of adrenaline” to the Kansas economy. It stands as Brownback’s biggest defeat during his tenure as governor. Read more

Judge says MSD board within rights to reject $150 million contract

The board of the St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District was within its rights to not award a $150 million tunneling contract to the lowest bidder, a St. Louis court ruled this week. St. Louis Circuit Judge Joan Moriarty ruled Tuesday that legislative bodies such as MSD’s board are “vested with broad discretion, which absent an affirmative showing of fraud, oppression or arbitrary action, is not subject to review by the courts.” Read more

KC Streetcar Authority endorses route expansion

The Kansas City Streetcar Authority on Wednesday endorsed a proposed route extension north to Berkley Riverfront Park along the Grand Street Viaduct. A feasibility study found the extension, which is estimated to cost $30 million, was the most practical and affordable route. Read more

Texas location makes 50 for Springfield-based Andy’s Frozen Custard

Andy’s Frozen Custard on Wednesday opened a location in Fort Worth, Texas — making 50 stores for the Springfield-based chain. Company president Andy Kuntz said in a news release he envisions continued growth for the custard chain, which has opened six new locations to date in 2017, on top of 16 in 2016 and seven in 2015. Read more

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