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Missouri Minute: KC Council calls for higher minimum wage; USA800 acquired

Here are today’s top business headlines from across Missouri:

Kansas City Council urges higher local minimum wage

The Kansas City Council approved a resolution Thursday calling on city government and local businesses to voluntarily implement a higher minimum wage than the state-set minimum. The resolution follows a local election Aug. 8 in which 69 percent of Kansas City voters supported a petition initiative to raise the city’s minimum wage to $10 an hour by Aug. 24. The measure also calls for annual future increases of $1.25 per hour, beginning Sept. 1, 2019 until it reaches $15 per hour in 2022. Read more

KC call center operator USA800 bought by Florida company

USA800, which has touted itself as the nation’s largest call center owned 100 percent by employees, has a new owner. Florida-based The Results Cos. announced it acquired the Kansas City-based company, which employs more than 1,500 employees across five locations in Missouri, Kansas and Texas. Read more

MoDOT director: Gas-tax increase would be ‘quickest way’ to fund roads and bridges

A gas-tax increase would be the “cheapest and quickest way” to boost funding for Missouri’s roads and bridges, the state’s transportation director said Thursday during a visit to Cape Girardeau. Missouri Department of Transportation Director Patrick McKenna said he is “encouraged” a state legislative task force is discussing transportation needs and how to fund them. The task force of state lawmakers is expected to make recommendations to the full Legislature by Jan. 1. Read more

St. Louis city leaders greenlight $3 fees for Uber and Lyft to operate at Lambert

St. Louis’ top fiscal body has approved $3 pickup and drop-off fees for companies like Uber and Lyft to operate at St. Louis Lambert International Airport. The plan has already been endorsed by the city’s Airport Commission. With yes votes from Mayor Lyda Krewson, Comptroller Darlene Green and Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed, airport officials hope ride-hailing companies can begin legally operating under the new fees by the end of the month. Read more

As recycling centers close in KC area, strain grows on those still open

The Kansas City area will lose yet another free recycling drop-off site on Oct. 1, marking the 15th such site that will have disappeared in roughly a year’s time. And each closure has ratcheted up the strain on those still open. The worsening economics of recycling means financial losses are growing faster than the piles of materials at drop-off centers. Read more

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