Right to Work
“This is an apolitical board,” Spence said, “I don’t think my view on one particular issue should come into something that is a volunteer board.”
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said that while attending a Chicago conference of the American Legislative Exchange Council.
The 85-69 vote in the House was just three greater than the minimum number needed to pass legislation and 24 votes short of a two-thirds majority that would be needed for a veto override.
Several firearm manufacturers have threatened to leave states passing stricter gun regulations, prompting Missouri lawmakers to respond with tax incentives.
While a pro-business agenda has been fast-tracked by Missouri’s Republican General Assembly, one issue has been pushed to the sidelines.
The chance of what supporters often call “right to work” getting to the floor in either chamber appears slim.
Republican Rep. Eric Burlison, of Springfield, says the measure makes Missouri an attractive location for new businesses.
The measure would eliminate the wage used by cities, counties and other government entities to pay for construction projects.
Union members sat silently as the House Workforce Development and Workplace Safety Committee debated the issue that attracted attention from legislative leaders of both parties.
Missouri legislative leaders said it would be difficult to follow the lead of Michigan lawmakers who approved a right-to-work plan Tuesday banning requirements that workers pay dues to unions for negotiating contracts and other services.