Welcome to the “just in time” work world. It is swiftly making life more difficult for part-time workers who already struggle to provide for their families and to find a toehold in the post-recession economy.
The president has asked Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour from its current paltry level of $7.25, though chances of that happening appear slim to none. On this Labor Day weekend, we want to hear what you think about proposals to raise the minimum wage.
If the germinal phase of the “Ninth Street Corridor Project” is any indication, ArtPlace America’s recent $500,000 grant to the Lawrence Arts Center was money well spent. A spirit of originality, democracy and respect has permeated every step of the process.
The protracted battle over who controls ambulance billing in Kansas City is far from over. That’s good news for taxpayers, who stand to benefit if a company called Intermedix can help the city bring in more revenue to cover the costs of rides for patients.
As The Star’s Editorial Board has tracked each murder in 2014, it has been encouraging to see that innovative crime-reduction efforts could be paying off. Officials say they want to focus on a handful of potentially effective ways to improve the community.
Congress might have taken a month off from its busy schedule of accomplishing nothing, but congressional staffers are still in Washington. And when the boss isn’t looking, workers often fool around online. Then it’s all fun and ice cream, at least until the trolls show up on Wikipedia.
Will it be a September to remember for baseball fans in Kansas City? The Royals were in first place on Aug. 31 for the first time in decades and are in position to make the playoffs for the first time since 1985. Check out this special collection of stories and charts to get you prepared for the critical final month.
Royals fans these days are no different from those in the past. Generally, they will show up for winners. And the current squad hasn’t won anything, yet, of lasting value. No playoff spot, no division title, no league crown and certainly no World Series rings. However, this year’s club still has the opportunity to accomplish all of those goals. That’s a nice change for fans.
One story line heard by Kansas Leadership members will come straight from Gov. Sam Brownback’s playbook: His massive tax cuts are helping the counties gain jobs, often from Kansas City and other nearby Missouri cities.
The recent defeat of the streetcar expansion on Independence Avenue and Linwood Boulevard was a lost opportunity to help spur even more redevelopment on Kansas City’s East Side. However, it’s crucial to emphasize that many different positive projects already are underway in that part of the city.
In the last three years, Kansas City has paid out at least a whopping $6.2 million to end age, race or gender discrimination lawsuits by former city employees. The city needs to do a better job of laying off or firing its employees, or reorganizing agency functions at 12th and Oak streets.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is wise to use the Aug. 9 shooting death of a black teenager by a white Ferguson police officer as a reason to convene a two-day public workshop to seek solutions to the lack of racial and ethnic diversity in urban police departments.
The lack of top-notch transit in the metropolitan area has created low expectations among too many members of the public. They don’t expect to be able to quickly get from here to there, at a reasonable cost, on a comfortable bus, so why bother even trying. But much to their credit, local officials for months have worked on a more coordinated effort to improve public transportation.