Missouri Minute: St. Louis restaurants adopt vaccine requirement; group ends push for vote on gas tax

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In another effort to increase COVID-19 vaccinations and stop the spread of the coronavirus, some St. Louis restaurants are requiring proof of vaccination upon entry for customers looking to dine in. Restaurateurs say the decision is not a political one and is only temporary. The move comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all people in certain areas around the country wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status. Elsewhere, a conservative anti-tax group has abandoned its push for a statewide vote on the gas tax increase signed into law last month by Gov. Mike Parson. The 12.5-cent fuel tax hike will help fund roads and bridges in the state. Speaking of infrastructure funding, the U.S. Senate has begun to address a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan. The measure includes $110 billion for roads and bridges, $66 billion for rail and $39 billion for public transit, among other provisions. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is pushing for swift approval of the sprawling package.


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Mask mandate suit heads back to state court
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s lawsuit against the St. Louis mask mandates was sent back to state court. Gov. Mike Parson said he opposes such mandates, citing vaccination rates in the state. (St. Louis Business JournalSt. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis restaurants adopt COVID-19 vaccine requirement
Some bars and restaurants in the area are requiring patrons to provide proof of vaccination to dine indoors. (St. Louis Public Radio)

KC health officials struggling to contain delta variant amid low vaccination
Cases in Kansas City have tripled in the last 30 days, according to the Kansas City Health Department. (Missouri Independent)

Group ends push for vote on Missouri gas tax hike
“We were unable to get all the pieces together,” Americans for Prosperity’s Jeremy Cady said of an effort to put the 12.5-cent gas tax increase on state ballots. (Missouri Independent)

Kauffman Foundation adds to board
Karen Daniel, Anita Newton and Paul Schofer, three prominent business leaders in the Kansas City region, have joined the nonprofit’s board of trustees. (Kansas City Business Journal)

$13 million senior housing project pitched for St. Louis
Lutheran Senior Services and Tower Grove Neighborhoods Community Development Corp. pitched the project for the Bevo Mill neighborhood. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Lutheran Senior Services names new CEO
The St. Louis-based provider of senior care and housing named Adam Marles as its new president and CEO. (St. Louis Business Journal)


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“If you provide good preventative health care, health care costs go down. So it’s not only the right thing to do for the citizenry, but it’s the right thing to do for the taxpayers. Health care at the end is expensive, but prevention is much cheaper.”

That’s Dr. Ebony Carter, an obstetrician and professor at Washington University in St. Louis, discussing Medicaid expansion and the importance of preventative health care. Following the Missouri Supreme Court’s decision last month to uphold Medicaid expansion in the state, a hearing is set for Friday in Cole County Circuit Court. The hearing is expected to produce a date for the state to start accepting Medicaid applications. Providers like Carter are hopeful expanded access to public the health care program could mean improved health outcomes in the state.


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$1 trillion

The $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package will finally be up for debate in the U.S. Senate, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer promised Monday. Formally called the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the proposal calls for $600 billion for transportation infrastructure, which includes $115 billion for road and bridge repairs, $200 billion to increase housing supply and $111 billion for drinking water infrastructure, the Associated Press reports. In Missouri, drinking water infrastructure will require $8.9 billion in additional funding, according to an infrastructure assessment released by the White House earlier this year. Schumer said he hopes the package could be put to a final vote in a matter of days.


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eHawk

The Lee’s Summit-based tech startup eHawk recently completed a funding round, which included investors like KCRise Fund, Chicago-based Sandalphon Capital, Denver-based Service Provider Capital and Kansas City-area angel investors, the Kansas City Business Journal reports. Financial details were not disclosed. The company’s corrections software, which is an alternative to ankle monitors and other forms of pretrial release, is an application that uses algorithms and allows participants to maintain compliance with court-ordered conditions electronically. The software features include facial recognition, court date notifications, customized geofencing and more.


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