Voters can help guide the futures of their local school districts in Missouri next Tuesday by deciding bond and tax issues and determining who will sit on school boards. Here are The Star’s recommendations in selected contests and ballot questions.
Readers seem fairly evenly split on how Kansas City should regulate “ride-hailing” services such as Uber and Lyft. Here are the results of our Monday Poll, an unscientific survey, based on nearly 700 responses.
Although she stands at the center of the polarized debate on the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell is looking for “common ground” initiatives that she can accomplish before Barack Obama’s presidency ends. One is to reduce deaths from painkiller addiction and overdose — a goal that should command universal enthusiasm.
Two issue questions deserve passage on Kansas City’s April 7 ballot. The Star recommends a “yes” vote on a plan to sell almost 2.5 acres of vacant property near 534 Highland Ave. and endorses the city’s attempt to collect an annual $1,000 fee on all payday loan businesses.
Talk about having your priorities upside down in the Missouri General Assembly. Legislative leaders wrapped up the first half of their session celebrating bills that could potentially cancel welfare benefits for more than 20,000 of the state’s poorest citizens, two-thirds of them children. But lawmakers have made no progress on limiting handouts for themselves in the form of campaign contributions and lobbyist gifts.
The proposed Rock Island Trail promises to become a wonderful amenity for bicyclists, hikers and others of all ages. When done, it could stretch a couple hundred miles across the state and finally help link the Kansas City area to the highly popular Katy Trail.
The Kansas Senate passed a budget that doesn’t balance. Radical bills on guns and abortion cleared the Legislature. Gov. Sam Brownback signed a monumental school finance law in a private ceremony with nary an educator or student in sight. Strange is the norm in Topeka these days.
Unless reason prevails, people on both sides of the state line soon could be packing hidden heat whether or not they have any idea how or when to use it. The Kansas Legislature on Wednesday passed a reckless bill that allows residents to carry concealed guns without permits or training. And a Missouri lawmaker is pushing a similar law.
A plan to quadruple stormwater charges on Kansas City homeowners and businesses is a tax increase that’s not yet ready for prime time. Summed up, the current plan at City Hall should not be rushed to voters.
The sticker shock of pension reform is hitting home for Kansas City employees and residents. The city expects to funnel $80 million into its pension systems in the coming fiscal year, which starts May 1. That’s $17 million more than just two years ago — or a nearly 30 percent leap in that time.
The Johnson County Community College and Kansas City, Kan., Community College have shown themselves to be adept at meeting the educational and workforce needs of their communities. It is important that voters looking at choices for the April 7 election select board of trustee candidates with strong credentials and forward-looking agendas to continue the progress of recent years.
Beset by conflict-of-interest questions, Michael S. Kilgore resigned last April from the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners. Since then, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has failed to appoint a replacement to arguably the most crucial board in this area.
Kansas City voters can look forward to some highly competitive races for the in-district City Council seats. Because term limits are forcing out four council members, only two incumbents are eligible to return.
The Starbucks coffee shop chain made a lot of people jittery when chief executive officer Howard Schultz proposed that his ubiquitous locations become gathering places for discussions about race. Please weigh in on some thoughts surrounding this topic.
Nobody worried about the needs of disabled Kansans when Gov. Sam Brownback strong-armed the Legislature into approving the budget-busting tax cuts that favor certain types of businesses and wealthy taxpayers. To use the long waiting lists endured by that population as an excuse to deny an expansion of Medicaid eligibility to low-income workers is the zenith of hypocrisy.
Like most school districts, Kansas City, Kan., is sold on the value of early childhood education. It wants to get as many students as possible into its preschool classrooms. But in cash-starved Kansas, that’s increasingly a challenge.
During Sunshine Week, the annual reminder that open government is good government, Congress should shed some light on just who’s funding the nation’s presidential libraries. Theoretically, a president could take the oath of office on a crisp January afternoon and begin accepting crisp $1,000 bills for his (or her) presidential library before the band starts warming up for the evening’s first inaugural ball.