Paying union fees could no longer be a condition of employment in Missouri under a bill endorsed by a House committee. The panel voted 7-3 today to adopt what supporters call "right-to-work" legislation. Sponsoring Republican Representative Eric Burlison, of Springfield, says the measure makes Missouri an attractive location for new businesses. Opponents say the measure would weaken labor unions.
It's on to Day Three in the impeaching hearings for Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul. No conclusion was reached last night after another nearly six-hour session at Ellisville Elementary School. The Ellisville City Counsel is seeking to remove Adam Paul from office, claiming he abused and overstepped his authority. The hearing will resume at 1 p.m. today.
Voters in St. Louis City and St. Louis County also voted to pass Proposition P, also known as the Arch Tax. A sales tax hike of 3/16 of a cent will now go towards improving parks, trails, and the Gateway Arch. A tax increase of that size adds up to about 2 cents for every $10 dollars spent. It's expected to raise about $780 million over the next 20 years, or about $39 million a year. Prop P had to pass in both the city and county. It passed in the city with 67% of the vote, and it passed in the county with 53%.