This week Kansas U.S. Senator Jerry Moran hosted a town hall meeting in Johnson County and was confronted with a testy crowd of 500, many of whom expressed alarm over proposed health care changes. In light of the shooting this week at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, are we less likely to see members of our local congressional delegation put themselves in these situations where they would be meeting with potentially large groups of angry citizens?
Also on this 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 16th, 2017 edition of Kansas City Week in Review, which rebroadcasts at 11 a.m. Sunday:
Some major new twists and turns over the future of KCI. Since we last gathered around the KCWIR table, almost everything has changed in the debate. Here’s a quick checklist of the changes:
Kansas lawmakers finally came home this week to rejoin their families after a tumultuous session in which they boosted school funding by $488 million to be paid out over two years. They balanced the budget, but at a cost: income tax hikes. A married couple filing jointly and earning $30,000 will pay an additional $120 starting next year. The same couple earning $100,000 will fork over $755 more. More than half of the Republicans in both houses voted for the increases, which also eliminated the so-called “LLC loophole,” a tax exemption to 330,000 limited liability companies.
Kobach makes it official. Upset that Kansas lawmakers raised taxes on what he calls “hard-working Kansans,” Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach announced he’s running for governor.
Missouri lawmakers began their second special session this week. Gov. Eric Greitens called state legislators back to Jefferson City to consider protections for religious organizations opposed to abortion and to take up new regulations for abortion providers. The session begins just a couple of weeks after he called another special session on jobs.
Raised eyebrows in Shawnee Mission this week, as it’s disclosed that the school district bought semi-automatic weapons for its school resource officers. The eight Smith & Wesson semi-automatic assault rifles cost the district $5,671. Shawnee Mission is thought to be the first area district to purchase semi-automatics to protect its schools.
It was called the most controversial building in Johnson County. The King Louie Bowling Alley, which the county purchased six years ago with plans, at one point, to turn into a National Museum of Suburbia, was considered a massive waste of taxpayer dollars. Now the building has finally been transformed. KCPT’s Ivani Bing takes us inside what is now the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center.
The first election on expanding the Kansas City Streetcar from Union Station down to UMKC will involve fewer than 5,800 voters. That’s how many people applied for ballots. Election authorities estimate that 30,000 registered voters live within the proposed transportation taxing district. So if everyone who qualified for a ballot actually votes, the turnout would be about 19 percent.
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