June 1, 2013 7:23 PM

New labor laws in Kansas and Missouri bolster the boss

The business lobby won passage of bills that curtail wages required on public jobs and make it harder for workers to collect unemployment if they get fired for a range of offenses as minor as tardiness or not wearing a name badge. Supporters say the changes foster a friendlier climate for creating jobs and could jolt the economy to life. Critics say the changes hurt the little guy.

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