USDA Logo

USDA making an additional $1.4 billion available to assist ag producers impacted by COVID-19

The United States Department of Agriculture has announced it is making up to an additional $14 billion in aid available nationwide to assist agricultural producers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the second round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program funding provided through the CARES Act. The application period will be open from September […]

Budget graphic

Missouri Education Department proposes $8.5 billion FY2022 budget

The Missouri Board of Education has voted today in favor of the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) $8.5 billion proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning next July. The plan is a slim increase over the current budget year – about $26.8 million. “FY22 almost certainly will be a challenging revenue year, […]

Food Stamp or SNAP Graphic

Number of Missourians receiving food stamps up more than 100,000 in 2020

Statistics from the state Department of Social Services show the number of Missourians on food stamps has increased by about 120,000 since January. There were about 658,000 Missourians receiving food stamps, at the start of the year. That number increased to about 778,000 as of July, which is the latest number available from DSS’ statistics. […]

Coronavirus

Missouri partners with Washington University for roll out of new COVID-19 saliva tests

The state of Missouri is working with Washington University in St. Louis to offer its new COVID-19 saliva test statewide soon. Officials reportedly hope to launch the tests later this month or in October. During a press conference in St. Louis, Missouri Economic Development Department Director Rob Dixon says the state is working alongside the […]

Governor Mike Parson

Parson defends out-of-state firm’s role in Missouri’s COVID-19 response

Missouri has paid a consulting firm more than $829,000 so far in federal coronavirus aid to help coordinate the state’s pandemic response. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports payroll records show the McChrystal Group has received federal funding from the state. The contract bypassed the normal bidding process. During a press conference at Washington University in […]

Missouri Senate Room

Missouri Senator slams state’s no-bid contract paying firm $829,000 so far

Missouri has paid a consulting firm more than $829,000 so far in federal funding for pandemic response coordination, despite Gov. Mike Parson saying a foundation was paying the tab. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports payroll records show the McChrystal Group has received the federal CARES Act funding from the state, instead of Parson saying earlier […]

Money or one hundred dollar bills

Missouri becomes third state in nation to begin paying unemployed workers through Lost Wages Assistance program

Missouri has become only the third state in the nation to begin processing payments to unemployed workers under the federal Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program. The state began processing the $300 federal supplemental payments last night to eligible individuals. Because Missouri was one of the first states to apply for and be approved for the […]

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway

State Auditor Nicole Galloway: “We need a reset on our coronavirus strategy”

State Auditor Nicole Galloway has spent the week touring Missouri as part of her bid for governor. She has visited Hannibal, Cape Girardeau, Joplin, and Sedalia. Galloway is the Democratic nominee and faces Republican Governor Mike Parson in November’s General Election. Much of Galloway’s focus during her visits have been critical of Parson’s approach to […]

United States Postal Service (USPS)

Are postal service delays hampering small business?

Operational changes intended to help the financially troubled U.S. Postal Service save money aren’t going over well with some small-business owners in Missouri and other states. Recent modifications, including the end of overtime for workers, have led to numerous reports of delays, both in personal and commercial mail and package delivery. John McHugh, chairman of […]

Green Hills Regional Planning Commission Website

Green Hills Regional Planning Commission to receive $400K CARES Act grant

The Green Hills Regional Planning Commission in Trenton will receive a $400,000 CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant from the Economic Development Administration. The grant will help the commission respond to the Coronavirus pandemic by supporting business owners and community partners to ensure economic recovery. Congressman Sam Graves of Missouri applauded the announcement of Recovery Assistance […]