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No consensus emerging in KC minimum wage fight

After nearly six weeks of community debate, the Kansas City Council is no closer to reaching consensus with worker advocates and business groups on an increase to the city’s minimum wage. A deadline looms for a council vote on July 16.

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New Kansas laws: Higher taxes, less gun regulation

Kansas residents are paying higher taxes on cigarettes, groceries and other consumer goods but no longer have to obtain a state permit to carry a concealed gun under new laws that took effect Wednesday. The state increased sales and cigarette taxes to avert a deficit in the $15.4 billion state budget for the fiscal year that also began July 1. A summary of the new laws is as follows:

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