Business and Government

Fed Votes to Hold the Course on Interest Rates

While saying “the case for an increase in the federal funds rate has strengthened,” the Federal Reserve announced today that it will not make a rate change at this time. The Federal Open Market Committee, which is charged with setting… more

21 States Sue Obama Administration on Overtime Rule

Kansas is one of 21 states joining in lawsuit filed today against the Obama administration. The suit challenges the U.S. Department of Labor’s new “Overtime Rule.” The suit was filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Nevada Attorney General… more

Missouri Supreme Court Says Voters Will Decide on Cigarette Tax Hike

The Missouri Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that voters will get to decide on raising cigarette taxes. The measure will appear on the ballot for the November 8th election, asking voters to weigh a proposed constitutional amendment that would phase in… more

St. Joseph 5th in Startups Nationwide

According to the data-analysis website,, St. Joseph, Missouri ranks 5th among metro areas with the fastest-growing rates of new startups (businesses less than a year old). Basing its findings on data from 2014, the report puts three Missouri metros… more

KC Corporations See Potential in Minority Entrepreneurs

Today is graduation day for 30 Kansas City-area participants in a program called Strategy and Business Development for Minority Business Entrepreneurs—a 2½ -day intensive education program for executives, brought to Kansas City by the Ivy League staff of Dartmouth College's  Tuck School… more

Amazon Breaks Ground on New KCK Facility

Online-shopping giant, Amazon, broke ground yesterday for its fifth fulfillment center in the state of Kansas. The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas said the center, measuring more than 855,000 square-feet on 190 acres, “will create at… more

Missouri Cost of Living Among America’s Lowest

According to a second-quarter measurement from the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Missouri has the 8th lowest cost of living among the fifty States. The Cost of Living Index is calculated using data from the Council for Community & Economic… more

Census Bureau Says Incomes Up, Poverty Down

According to the US Census Bureau, the median household income for the nation rose 5.2 percent in 2015, the first time Americans have seen an increase since 2007. The Census Bureau also reported that 3.5 million less people were below… more

Judge to Hear Public Testimony on Streetcar Expansion

This Thursday, September 15th, the Circuit Court of Jackson County will hear public testimony on whether or not to allow a new Transportation Development District for expansion of the streetcar line. Testimony will be heard in the courtroom of Judge… more

Company’s Health Is Good for All, Says Missouri Chamber

Reacting to a new study on the statewide economic effect of Republic Services (NYSE: RSG), a Phoenix-based recycling and waste disposal company, the CEO of Missouri Chamber of Commerce, Daniel P. Mehan said, "Republic Services is an industry leader, and… more