Legislation that would eliminate the prevailing wage requirement in Missouri was heard Tuesday by a State Senate committee.
The state calculates various wages that are to be paid in each county and in St. Louis for construction trades on building projects. The sponsor, State Senator Dan Brown (R, Rolla), says eliminating prevailing wage requirements would give smaller businesses outside of St. Louis and Kansas City a fair shot at landing construction contracts.
The Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo. Legislative action here on Thursday by Sen. Jason Crowell would refer the "right-to-work" issue to voters next year. (St. Louis Public Radio/Marshall Griffin)
“I think you need a balance," Hoberock said. "I don’t think this bill excludes union membership -- I think it give the employee(s) the right to make their own choice to further (their) income and to have a job and to do what they want to do.”
Four years ago, Missouri Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon was elected by 19 points: a landslide. But this time around, it may not be so easy for him. Some polls show St. Louis businessman and Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence within striking distance of the Governor. The race has been personal at times, but it’s primarily been about one overarching issue: jobs.
Dave Spence owns a couple of plastics businesses. One of those businesses is Alpha Packaging.
All the Missouri Democratic players were in St. Louis Tuesday, speaking to hundreds of rallying union members. Senator Claire McCaskill joined Governor Jay Nixon and numerous other Democratic candidates onstage.
The incumbent Senator used her stage-time to take a couple of shots at her opponent, Republican Congressman Todd Akin. Akin made national headlines for his comments concerning “legitimate rape,” a statement McCaskill is trying to make sure Missouri voters don’t forget.
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay calls a new report documenting a plummeting population "absolutely bad news." News U.S. Census figures released Thursday show that the Gateway City lost nearly 29,000 people over the past decade, a decline of about 8 percent of its population. The reports said the city had a population of a little more than 319,000 in 2010.