Editorials

State needs open collective bargaining

    Although the 2020 legislative session is still a few months away, I hope Missouri officials are planning to reengage the issue of government union reform, and particularly open collective bargaining. Currently, the vast majority of the contract negotiations between public officials and organized labor can be conducted out of sight of the taxpayers—the very taxpayers who must pay the salaries and benefits that are agreed to.

Do nothing congress?

    This letter is in answer to the Horgans’ letter, “GOP representative, senators do nothing” in last week’s paper.
    I think you’re forgetting one very important thing. The GOP Representatives in the House are in the minority. Since any bill that requires any funding must originate in the House, it’s impossible for even the Republicans in the Senate to get anything passed if it requires funding.

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