Missouri Minute: ‘Right-to-work’ referendum ruled misleading; dicamba damage returns

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

Both sides dig in for fight over public vote on Missouri’s ‘right to work’ law

A battle between labor and business interests is heating up after a judge threw out language in a document being used to collect signatures for a public vote. A Cole County circuit court judge ruled Thursday that the language of a ballot initiative seeking to overturn Missouri’s “right to work” law is unfair and insufficient. Read more

Dicamba damage is back — and possibly worse than before

Last year, when illegal usage of the drift-prone herbicide dicamba was blamed for widespread crop damage across southeastern Missouri and other states, many expressed hope that the problem would diminish in future growing seasons. But that may have been wishful thinking, if the recent explosion of 242 cases of alleged dicamba misuse in Arkansas is any indication. Farmers in southeast Missouri are waiting to see if a similar crisis unfolds for them once again. Read more

Perficient acquires Chicago firm

Perficient, a St. Louis-based firm specializing in information technology and management consulting, said Friday that it has acquired Chicago-based Clarity Consulting. The acquisition will help Perficient to grow its presence in the Chicago market and other regions, the company said. Perficient will add approximately 160 technology, sales, consulting, and general and administrative professionals through the deal. Read more

Lawmakers mixed in reaction to audit on tax credits

Some Missouri lawmakers heard echoes of past attempts to reform the state’s tax credit programs in a report issued last week by State Auditor Nicole Galloway. Others essentially shrugged at the report, suggesting they would wait until Gov. Eric Greitens’ Committee for Simple, Fair, and Low Taxes reported its recommendations for tax credit programs in the state. Read more

Wooed by GOP heavyweights, Josh Hawley faces dilemma for 2018

A few weeks ago, St. Louis businessman Sam Fox invited Missouri’s newly minted attorney general, Josh Hawley, to the St. Louis Club for what Fox described as “an interview.” Fox did not support Hawley in his 2016 attorney general’s race, but the politically wired GOP fundraiser came away from that private tête-à-tête wowed by Hawley, a constitutional lawyer turned rising GOP star. That meeting has now turned into a crusade to recruit Hawley for the U.S. Senate race, where he would face incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill. Read more

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