Missouri Minute: Centene to sell on Missouri ACA exchange; Greitens restricts $251M from 2018 budget

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

Centene to sell on Obamacare markets for 40 Missouri counties

An announcement by Centene Corp. means that every county in Missouri will have at least one insurer next year on the exchange established by the Affordable Care Act. The Clayton-based company said in a news release Friday that it will make plans for individuals available in 40 Missouri counties over the exchange. Without Centene, 25 counties in the state faced the possibility that no insurer would have offered health coverage policies for people who were either ineligible for Medicaid or Medicare or who could not buy coverage through an employer. Read more

Greitens restricts $251M from 2018 budget, decides on minimum wage and workplace discrimination

Gov. Eric Greitens closed the state’s fiscal year with a flurry of activity Friday afternoon, announcing in a news release that he had signed the state budget into law while restricting $251 million. The first-year Republican governor also signed a bill that will make it harder for employees to sue for workplace discrimination, signed several tort reform bills, and announced that a bill blocking municipal minimum wage increases will become law without his signature. Read more

Greitens-backed commission wants to curb tax credit programs

A gubernatorial commission wants to substantially scale back some of Missouri’s largest tax credit programs, which could set up a contentious fight during next year’s legislative session. Earlier this year, Gov. Eric Greitens formed The Governor’s Committee on Simple, Fair and Low Taxes to examine the state’s tax policies and tax credit programs. After holding meetings across the state, the committee issued a slate of recommendations Friday that reconfigure tax credit programs that are designed to spruce up historic buildings and cultivate low-income housing. Read more

Cardinals promote general manager Mozeliak with eye on long-range planning

John Mozeliak has been promoted to president of baseball operations for the St. Louis Cardinals, the team announced Friday. He had been senior vice president and general manager. Mike Girsch, who was serving as assistant general manager, was named Mozeliak’s replacement. Girsch has been with the team since 2006. Read more

A-B InBev’s brewers come out swinging against new craft beer seal

The world’s largest brewer has unleashed its marketing team on the Brewers Association after the trade group unveiled a new seal of approval for independent craft brews. The seal can only be used by small craft breweries, which excludes all of the craft breweries that Anheuser-Busch InBev has recently acquired. It is meant to give smaller brewing operations an edge with beer connoisseurs in an increasingly crowded and competitive field of craft brewers. Read more

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