Missouri Minute: Voters reject ‘right-to-work’ law; Icahn issues Express Scripts warning

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Missouri voters reject Proposition A, prevent adoption of ‘right-to-work’ law

By Annika Merrilees
Missourians voted down a proposal that would have made Missouri the 28th “right-to-work” state Tuesday, with private-sector unions evading a massive hit. Proposition A’s passage would have allowed private-sector workers to opt out of paying collective bargaining fees to unions. On Tuesday night, unions celebrated voters’ rejection of the proposition. Read more

Primary roundup: McCaskill and Hawley cruise; Stenger survives; KC approves rental fee

By MBA Staff
The favorites won easily in the Democratic and Republican primaries for Missouri’s U.S. Senate seat, setting up the November clash between U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill and Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley that some have been anticipating since early 2017. Read more

Cigna resolute as activist Icahn urges shareholders to reject Express Scripts deal

Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn on Tuesday urged Cigna stockholders to oppose the planned $54 billion acquisition of St. Louis County-based pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts. Cigna officials responded by showing continued support for the merger and calling Icahn’s views “uninformed.” Read more

Judge hears arguments in lawsuit aiming to block fuel tax referendum

A judge could decide as early as next week whether to allow a lawsuit to move forward challenging the inclusion of a proposed gasoline tax increase on Missouri’s November ballot. Associate Circuit Judge Robert Schollmeyer listened to arguments on Tuesday over the lawsuit, filed in July by Rep. Mike Moon, R-Ash Grove. Read more

Amid revenue woes, Columbia City Council rejects increase to property tax ceiling

The Columbia City Council voted 5-2 against raising the city’s property tax ceiling, with multiple council members expressing concerns about a higher rate causing public trust to be undermined. Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes proposed raising the property tax ceiling during his annual budget message last month, saying that increasing the property tax is one way the city could bolster its budget as it faces declining tax revenue. Read more

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