Several civic leaders from Kansas City have gone to court challenging a voter-approved state law on municipal earnings taxes.
The ballot measure approved last November requires Kansas City and St. Louis to ask voters every five years to renew the city earnings taxes. The two communities are Missouri's only cities with local earnings taxes.
A lawsuit filed Monday in Cole County Circuit Court contends the Kansas City charter authorizes the local earning tax and does not require the periodic renewal vote.
On Tuesday, voters in St. Louis and Kansas City will have their first change to determine the future of their cities’ 1 percent earnings taxes, which are imposed on the wages of everyone who lives or works in the cities.
It’s on the ballot following statewide approval last November of Proposition A.
The lead-up to the vote has been very different in the two cities.
Today, we have two reports.
Maria Altman will look at how quiet the campaign has been in St. Louis.
But first, Maria Carter of KCUR reports that things have been much more heated in Kansas City.
A state representative has announced plans to introduce a bill to increase penalties for human trafficking convictions in Missouri.
Democratic Rep. Jason Kander said the measure he plans to introduce this week would boost Missouri penalties for human trafficking to the same level as federal statutes. He said federal penalties for human trafficking range from fines to five years and up to life in prison. Most Missouri human trafficking penalties go up to 15 years in prison.