Missouri Business Headlines

Unemployment and returning to work

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As businesses begin to reopen after the conclusion of the Stay Home Missouri order on May 4, many employers have questions about calling staff members back to work who have been unemployed and collecting benefits. This scenario has become problematic for some employers as federal legislation has provided for temporarily enhanced unemployment benefits. In some […]

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Uniting for Recovery: Senate passes workforce provisions to aid economic revival

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The COVID-19 health crisis has left 450,000 Missourians out of work and created significant new challenges for employers seeking to reopen their doors. In an effort to aid this recovery, the Missouri Senate has passed an important bill to help create more flexibility in the state’s workforce and provide greater career mobility. House Bill 2046 […]

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Lawmakers consider HB 1768 to help Missouri expand broadband access

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Missouri is ranked 42nd nationally in access to broadband internet, according to the Missouri 2030 Dashboard. With the understanding that broadband is a critical resource for growing businesses, the Missouri legislature is considering a bill to help Missouri retain any federal dollars for building out rural broadband if a particular provider is unable to fulfill […]

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Congress passes additional $484B in coronavirus relief

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After money for the popular Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) was quickly depleted following the passage of the CARES Act, on April 24 President Trump signed a bill with another $484 billion in additional coronavirus relief funds approved by Congress. The PPP was allocated $310 billion, $60 billion of which […]

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Uniting for Recovery: Lawmakers must shield COVID-19 heroes from opportunistic lawsuits

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During the COVID-19 crisis, Missouri health care professionals have dealt with extraordinary challenges and placed themselves in harm’s way to serve the sick. In addition, manufacturers across the state rapidly altered their operations to help fill the state’s critical demand for personal protective equipment. These Missourians should be recognized as heroes. Now state lawmakers must […]

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Uniting for Recovery: A COVID-19 Economic Response Agenda

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In March, a portion of the Missouri economy came to a sudden, intentional halt. As the public health crisis around COVID-19 arrived in Missouri, many businesses across the state had to dramatically alter their operations as Missourians adopted social distancing practices to help stop the spread of the disease. These necessary actions had a profound […]

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With funding lapsed, what can businesses do now?

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While business relief loan programs including the popular Paycheck Protection Program have run out of federal funding, many organizations are continuing to struggle due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. According to the latest notice from the Small Business Administration, they are unable to accept new applications for assistance due to a lapse in funding. The […]

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Missouri Chamber sets priority legislation for remainder of session

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The Missouri General Assembly has announced plans to return to the Capitol on April 27 to finish out the legislative session. “We will continue to work toward finding the right balance between protecting the safety of [Missouri Legislature] members, staff and the public and understanding the critical nature of the work we have been elected […]

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Missouri Legislature passes supplemental budget with billions in COVID-19 funding

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The Missouri General Assembly has passed a historic $6 billion supplemental budget bill to fund the state through the end of the fiscal year and help the state fight COVID-19. The budget includes $5.6 billion in federal funding to help supplant projected decreases in General Revenue and ensure no essential services are cut. Highlights of the […]

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