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Proposition B: Sweet Dreams of a Tobacco Tax & Fully Funded Public Schools Go Up in Smoke

Proponents wanted to raise Missouri’s tobacco tax — the lowest in the nation — and use the proceeds to help fund public schools, health care and smoking cessation programs. At 1:12 a.m. on November 7, almost all the votes were in, but results from 65 precincts were still outstanding. Right then it looked like the … Continue reading

Proposition B: Vote “Yes!”

Those of us who came of age in the hippie era will remember a peace quote: “It will be a great day when our schools get all the money they need and the air force has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber.” This election cycle in Missouri, we might well paraphrase that … Continue reading

September School Board Reports — Week 4

Ten local school boards met last week. Kansas Gardner-Edgerton Highlights: Routine responsibilities of governance. Kansas City Highlights: Received a report on homelessness in Wyandotte County and action being taken to alleviate it. According to the agenda, “Research has found there to be a correlation between unstable housing and academic failure.” Accepted a $70,000 federal Education … Continue reading

Park Hill Trying to Make Good on Promise Not to Increase Taxes

When Park Hill asked taxpayers to approve $49.5 million in bonds last spring, the district promoted this vote as a “No-Tax-Increase Bond Issue.” Which is why, when the Board of Education holds its annual tax levy hearing next Thursday, school board members are going to do their best to keep property taxes from rising. Property … Continue reading

Save on Back-to-School Clothes & Supplies This Weekend

Synchronize your watches. Missouri’s annual back-to-school sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5. Through Sunday, shoppers will not have to pay sales tax on items such as clothing, school supplies and computers. Missouri state law allows a sales tax holiday for back-to-school purchases the first weekend of August. However, don’t go looking … Continue reading


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