Missouri Minute: Sense of urgency arises as ‘right-to-work’ vote approaches; UM System president gets contract extension

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Union leaders convey sense of urgency as ‘right-to-work’ vote approaches

Opponents of Missouri’s “right-to-work” law gathered Saturday in Kansas City, St. Louis and St. Joseph to canvass neighborhoods ahead of the Aug. 7 primary in which voters will decide on the fate of the law. Pat “Duke” Dujakovich, president of the Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO, said Missourians who oppose the measure need to send a “very, very strong message” on Aug. 7, to dissuade Republican lawmakers from taking the legislation up again in the future. Read more

UM System president agrees to 2-year contract extension

University of Missouri System President Mun Choi has agreed to extend his contract two years, through 2024, but he declined a pay raise. The UM System Board of Curators voted unanimously to extend his contract. Choi, who has a base salary of $530,000, plus a car and a housing stipend, cited “underpaid” UM System employees, saying he is “well compensated.” Read more

Briggs and Stratton plans layoffs at Poplar Bluff facility

Facing projections of decreased demand, Briggs and Stratton plans to lay off employees at its facility in Poplar Bluff, according to a report from KFVS. The Wisconsin-based company, which makes small engines, will cut production at its Poplar Bluff facility from three assembly lines to two. The layoffs mark the latest blow to manufacturing jobs in the southeast Missouri city. Read more

Concerns over farms, water systems grow as drought spreads

Since Gov. Mike Parson activated a committee earlier this month to assess the drought in the state, drought conditions have spread to more counties. Fifty-two of the state’s 114 counties are affected by the lack of precipitation. Conditions have some farmers worried about having adequate feed for cattle. Dry conditions are also taxing public water systems in Kansas City and northwest Missouri. Read more

Another TV series set in Missouri lured to Georgia by tax credits

In the new HBO miniseries “Sharp Objects,” Amy Adams stars as a St. Louis newspaper reporter dispatched to cover a murder in Missouri’s Bootheel. But though the story is set in southeast Missouri, it — like Netflix’s “Ozark” — was filmed in Georgia, where the project received tax incentives the state hands out to film studios. Missouri once offered incentives to studios, but it ended its film tax credit program in 2013, following a national trend. Read more

Leave a Reply

Have you heard?

Missouri Business Alert is participating in CoMoGives2019!

Find out how we plan to use your gift to enhance training and programming for our students