Business/Economy

Business and economy news and issues in the Ozarks.

Scott Harvey / KSMU

A citizens group opposed to a new Walmart in Springfield is vowing to continue its fight after a judge has ruled that a referendum petition to overturn the city’s zoning decision allowing for the market cannot be used. KSMU’s Scott Harvey has details.

Mike Textor is with the Law Offices of Polsinelli, who represent Life360 Church. He says Tuesday’s ruling allows his client to sell their property at Grand and Campbell to Walmart.

The average hourly wage in the Springfield metropolitan area was about 21 percent below the national average nearly a year ago. That’s according to May 2012 figures compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which were released Thursday. KSMU’s Scott Harvey has the details.

Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens has called for the formation of a new task force comprised of city and county leaders to identify fiscal and service delivery solutions. KSMU’s Scott Harvey attended Tuesday’s press conference and has this report.

Among the issues Stephens hopes the task force can tackle is how to properly fund public safety, noting that Springfield’s current allocation of the law enforcement sales tax does not fully fund the department, requiring additional subsidies form the city.

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