Here are today’s top business headlines from across Missouri:
Kansas City International Airport and the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport show up among 50 major infrastructure projects on a national priority list compiled by Donald Trump’s presidential transition team, according to documents obtained by The Kansas City Star and a sister McClatchy newspaper. Read more
Jackson County announced Tuesday that it will join St. Louis County in a prescription drug monitoring program as a way to fight abuse of painkillers. Read more
EquipmentShare, a Columbia startup that runs an online marketplace for renting construction equipment, has closed a $26 million funding round, the company announced Tuesday. EquipmentShare plans to use the capital to roll out upgraded telematics technology and expand into eight new marketing, according to a press release. Read more
In a repeat of last year’s action, the Missouri House initially approved a proposal to make life easier for ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft through statewide regulation Tuesday. The measure would exempt ride-hailing companies from local rules like those set by the St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission. It would require the companies pay an annual $5,000 fee to the state – but not local or municipal fees or taxes – and allow them to conduct their own background checks and vehicle inspections. Read more
Lawmakers are again considering a plan to slash the maximum number of weeks Missourians can claim jobless benefits to one of the lowest in the nation. Five months after the Missouri Supreme Court found a 2015 version of the change unconstitutional, a House panel heard testimony Tuesday about the latest proposal to shorten the length of time laid off workers could receive benefits from 20 weeks to 13 weeks if the jobless rate is below 6 percent. Read more
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