Business and Government


Is the U.S. Health-Care System Fixable With the ICHRA?

Den Bishop was talking about the state of the health-care system in the United States, and most of what he had to say was a downer. The president of Holmes Murphy & Associates, speaking in Kansas City this week, said… more

Burns & McDonnell Wins Army Corps of Engineers Contracts

Burns & McDonnell is ramping up its work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), having been awarded seven new indefinite service contracts with six different districts within the agency. One of the contracts is for work as prime… more

Kelly, Parson Sign Border War Agreement

Businesses expecting special tax incentives to make a move from South Kansas City to Overland Park, or from Lee's Summit to Lenexa, are out of luck. Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly and Missouri Gov. Mike Parson just signed an agreement between… more

Stifel Acquiring Core George K. Baum Business

George K. Baum & Company, a Kansas City-based investment bank focused on public finance and taxable fixed income sales and trading, is selling its core business functions to St. Louis-based Stifel Financial Corp. Baum's business specializes in underwriting and other… more

Gov. Parson Has a Democratic Challenger

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway, a Democrat, has put her hat in the ring to challenge Republic Gov. Mike Parson for the office in the August of 2020 election. Galloway, from Columbia, late last month publicly asked Parson to take… more

Border War Not Quite Over: Hostess Moving Headquarters to Kansas

Politicians on both sides of the state line have said that they plan not to offer tax incentives to businesses moving their operations between Kansas and Missouri, but Hostess Brands has skirted those newly agreed-to rules, and management just announced… more

White Flags Flying in Border War

[caption id="attachment_22474" align="alignleft" width="443"] Mayor Lucas[/caption] The use of tax incentives to lure companies across the state line in the Kansas City metro area is a practice that seems to be on the cusp of ending. New Kansas City Mayor… more

Lucas Inauguration Stresses Infrastructure Improvements

Kansas City's new mayor, Quinton Lucas, made his inauguration speech today, and touched on infrastructure issues that are vital to the metro's business community. He mentioned the new terminal at KCI Airport, which recently underwent the demolition of Terminal A,… more

Jackson County Property Tax Appeal Extended

Property owners in Jackson County now have until Sept. 3 to appeal the assessments of their properties' value calculated earlier this year by the county. The county's Board of Equalization voted today for the extension, which comes after a public… more

Google Has $600 Million Northland Plans

Tech giant Google plans to build a $600 million data center in the Northland, according to a press release put out by Kansas City Councilman and Port KC Commissioner Dan Fowler. Port KC approved a bond in that amount on… more