Luann Ridgeway http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Mo. lawmakers react to MOSIRA law being struck down http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-lawmakers-react-mosira-law-being-struck-down <p>Many Missouri lawmakers&nbsp;are expressing disappointment&nbsp;over&nbsp;Tuesday&#39;s ruling that struck down the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/11info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=S1&amp;BillID=4696927">Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment&nbsp;Act</a>,&nbsp;more commonly&nbsp;known as &quot;MOSIRA.&quot;</p><p>The measure would have used revenues generated by a group of science and high-tech companies to create a pool to lure more such companies to Missouri and to keep the ones already here from leaving.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem17.htm">&nbsp;State Senator Luann Ridgeway&nbsp;</a>(R,&nbsp;Smithville)&nbsp;is&nbsp;not&nbsp;happy with the ruling. Wed, 22 Feb 2012 01:38:15 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3121 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. lawmakers react to MOSIRA law being struck down Another Republican contemplates lt. gov. post http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/another-republican-contemplates-lt-gov-post <p><strong><em>Updated at 2 p.m. with information about potential third Democratic candidate.</em></strong></p><p>The Republican primary for lieutenant governor of Missouri may get even more crowded.</p><p>State Sen. Luann Ridgeway, a Republican from the Kansas City area, said Monday she is &quot;very committed&quot; to the race, though she has not officially declared her candidacy.</p> Mon, 09 Jan 2012 15:59:42 +0000 The Associated Press 2817 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Another Republican contemplates lt. gov. post Community activists launch campaign to combat right-to-work, preserve state min. wage, in Mo. http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/community-activists-launch-campaign-combat-right-work-preserve-state-min-wage-mo <p>Community activists and labor interests&nbsp;in Missouri are getting an early start on combating efforts next year to cap the state&rsquo;s minimum wage and turn Missouri into a right-to-work state.</p><p>Lawmakers failed to freeze the state&rsquo;s minimum wage during this year&rsquo;s session, and the right-to-work issue only got a few hours of debate with no vote. Mon, 13 Jun 2011 23:57:05 +0000 Marshall Griffin 1424 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Community activists launch campaign to combat right-to-work, preserve state min. wage, in Mo. Mo. Senator proposes flat tax http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-senator-proposes-flat-tax <p>With less than a month to go in this year&rsquo;s legislative session, another proposal is being made to overhaul Missouri&rsquo;s tax structure.</p><p><a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/11info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=4065284">The resolution </a>would replace the state&rsquo;s income tax with a sales tax -- and if passed by lawmakers, it would go before Missouri voters next year. Tue, 19 Apr 2011 01:39:18 +0000 Marshall Griffin 975 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Senator proposes flat tax Ridgeway, Finklestein on right-to-work debate http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ridgeway-finklestein-right-work-debate <p>Missouri lawmakers are expected to debate controversial right-to-work legislation this week.</p><p>One bill would prohibit closed-union shops, in which all employees must pay fees for union representation. The Senate sponsor is Republican <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/07info/members/mem17.htm">Luann Ridgeway</a> of Smithville.</p> Mon, 14 Mar 2011 21:56:47 +0000 Bill Raack 719 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ridgeway, Finklestein on right-to-work debate Mo. state Sen. Crowell proposes statewide vote on union jobs http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-state-sen-crowell-proposes-statewide-vote-union-jobs <p>Some Republican senators want to prohibit union-only work places, which they contend could deter some businesses from locating in Missouri.</p><p>Missouri businesses currently have the option of requiring union fees from employees.</p><p><a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/11info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=4075533">Legislation</a> filed Thursday by Republican Sen. <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/09info/members/mem27.HTM">Jason Crowell</a>, of Cape Girardeau, would refer the union issue to voters next year.</p> Fri, 14 Jan 2011 17:35:01 +0000 Kelsey Proud & The Associated Press 325 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. state Sen. Crowell proposes statewide vote on union jobs