taxes http://kcur.org en Kansas City Council Considers August Ballot For Sales Tax Issue http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-council-considers-august-ballot-sales-tax-issue <p><span style="background-color: transparent; line-height: 1.5;">Kansas City, Mo., residents can expect to be asked to renew a sales tax in August. But meeting fire department needs may take more than that.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="background: transparent">The quarter-cent sales tax created 14 years ago currently funds less than 14 percent of the fire department's $145 million budget. Personnel costs account for 90 percent of that budget.</span></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 12:48:50 +0000 Steve Bell 55565 at http://kcur.org Unilever To Make Big Investment In Independence Plant http://kcur.org/post/unilever-make-big-investment-independence-plant <p>Unilever is adding 70 jobs and investing $99 million at its Independence food manufacturing plant.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About 190 employees currently work at the plant, which for years has made Wishbone salad dressing. The jobs are above average wage. the kind Independence Economic Development Council President Tom </span>Lesnak<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says the city tries to attract. But those jobs have been in jeopardy for a couple of months now.</span></p> Thu, 08 May 2014 23:07:54 +0000 Elle Moxley 55447 at http://kcur.org The Debate Over The Missouri Tax Cut Bill http://kcur.org/post/debate-over-missouri-tax-cut-bill <p></p><p>Gov. Jay Nixon is expected to veto the proposed Missouri income tax cut later today.</p><p>On April 23, <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date's</em></a> Steve Kraske spoke with Amy Blouin, Executive Director of the Missouri Budget Project, who opposes the tax cut, and Patrick Ishmael, a policy analyst with the Show-Me Institute who supports the signing of the bill.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 20:02:05 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 55080 at http://kcur.org Tax Cut Language Replaced With Tax Credit Language In Senate Bill http://kcur.org/post/tax-cut-language-replaced-tax-credit-language-senate-bill-0 <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">A proposed tax cut that conformed to conditions laid out by&nbsp;</span><a href="http://governor.mo.gov/" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">Governor Jay Nixon</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;was radically altered Monday in an effort to move the overall proposal f Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:03:23 +0000 Marshall Griffin 52446 at http://kcur.org Tax Cut Language Replaced With Tax Credit Language In Senate Bill How To Prepare For Tax Season And Retirement http://kcur.org/post/how-prepare-tax-season-and-retirement <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tax season is upon us, so it's time to rummage through those shoe boxes of old receipts, dig up W-2 forms and file your 2013 return. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Cash Money Crew is here to guide you through the process, including changes to be aware of and tips for a smoother tax return season in 2014. Later, we discuss the changing realities of retirement and how to prepare for it.</span></p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 22:00:42 +0000 Susan B. Wilson, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 51421 at http://kcur.org How To Prepare For Tax Season And Retirement Missouri Lawmakers Move Forward On Tax Breaks For Boeing http://kcur.org/post/missouri-lawmakers-move-forward-tax-breaks-boeing <p style="margin: 0in 0in 11.25pt; line-height: 16.5pt; vertical-align: baseline; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-size:11.5pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;color:#333333">Legislation that would provide tax breaks for Boeing to build its 777X passenger jet in Missouri was passed Tuesday night by two legislative committees.<o:p></o:p></span></p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 13:38:07 +0000 Marshall Griffin 47791 at http://kcur.org Missouri Lawmakers Look At Deal To Land Boeing http://kcur.org/post/missouri-lawmakers-look-deal-land-boeing <p>Missouri Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon has called lawmakers back to Jefferson City for a special session in an attempt to&nbsp;win a contract from Boeing to build the 777X&nbsp;passenger jet.</p><p>Missouri's regular session for 2014 begins in just over a month, but in a press release Nixon says holding a special session is necessary because Boeing's deadline for proposals is Dec. 10.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 14:03:08 +0000 Marshall Griffin & Tim Lloyd 47664 at http://kcur.org Are Raising Sales Taxes A Solution For Everything? http://kcur.org/post/are-raising-sales-taxes-solution-everything <p>Why do governments rely on the sales tax for big projects, like the medical research proposal in Jackson County?</p><p>And how fat can the sales tax get before shoppers stop buying?&nbsp;</p><p>In the second half of Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, Steve Kraske talks with two experts about sales taxes, what makes up the total sales tax you see on a receipt, and why governments have turned to sales taxes for raising funds when revenue is down.</p><p><b>Guests:</b></p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 18:13:29 +0000 Steve Kraske & Stephen Steigman 46038 at http://kcur.org Are Raising Sales Taxes A Solution For Everything? Is Translational Medicine Too Taxing For Jackson County? http://kcur.org/post/translational-medicine-too-taxing-jackson-county <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jackson County voters head to the polls on November 5 to vote on a 1/2 cent sales tax increase to fund a translational medicine institute.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the first part of Tuesday's </span><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Up to Date</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a proponent and opponent of the tax meet in our studios to debate the controversial proposal, including how county residents will actually benefit from the project.</span></p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 22:22:42 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 45911 at http://kcur.org Is Translational Medicine Too Taxing For Jackson County? Overland Park Voters OK Sales Tax Extension http://kcur.org/post/overland-park-voters-ok-sales-tax-extension <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An initial vote count appears to show Overland Park, Kan. voters have approved extending a 1/8 cent sales tax for 10 years, financing street repair and construction.</span></p><p>Unofficial returns on the mail-in ballot show some 33,000 ballots cast with 72 percent approving it.&nbsp;&nbsp; Nearly $70 million will have been collected when the current tax expires in 2014.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 22:40:43 +0000 Dan Verbeck 44895 at http://kcur.org Governor Nixon Wins As Tax Cut Fails In Missouri House http://kcur.org/post/governor-nixon-wins-tax-cut-fails-missouri-house <p>Debate over Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of an income tax bill was fierce in the Missouri House and the governor prevailed.&nbsp;</p><p>The Republican majority was unable to muster the votes to make the $700 million tax cut into law.</p><p>The measure would have cut business taxes in half. Personal taxes would have been cut disproportionately.</p><p>Clay County Democrat Jon Carpenter called it unfair.</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 20:39:17 +0000 Dan Verbeck 43484 at http://kcur.org Governor Nixon Wins As Tax Cut Fails In Missouri House Missouri's 2013 Veto Session Begins Wednesday http://kcur.org/post/missouris-2013-veto-session-begins-wednesday <p>The showdown between Missouri's Democratic Governor and the Republican-led General Assembly finally arrives this week, as lawmakers return to Jefferson City for their annual veto session.&nbsp;&nbsp;Governor Jay Nixon&nbsp;struck down 29 bills this year, with most of the post-veto attention falling on two bills in particular, a controversial tax cut proposal and an even more controversial attempt to nullify federal gun control laws.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Campaign to prevent House Bill 253 override attempt</strong></p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 12:29:41 +0000 Marshall Griffin 43314 at http://kcur.org Hall Family Foundation $75 Million Pledge: Passion For Cause...Or Bribe? http://kcur.org/post/hall-family-foundation-75-million-pledge-passion-causeor-bribe <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Wednesday, the Hall Family Foundation announced that it was pledging $75 million to Children's Mercy Hospital for build a translational medicine research building on Children's Mercy's campus on Hospital Hill.</span></p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 04:47:24 +0000 Steve Kraske & Stephen Steigman 43117 at http://kcur.org Hall Family Foundation $75 Million Pledge: Passion For Cause...Or Bribe? Transit Alliance Chief Not Actively Opposed To Competing Tax http://kcur.org/post/transit-alliance-chief-not-actively-opposed-competing-tax <p></p><p>The Chairman of Kansas City’s Regional Transit Alliance fears&nbsp; a proposed medical research tax will divert funds and attention from improved rail transportation.&nbsp; &nbsp;The stand does not extend to&nbsp; active opposition&nbsp; to the tax.</p><p>Kite Singleton of the Transit Alliance makes it clear he is not campaigning against the half cent medical research tax going on the Jackson County ballot in November.</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 20:36:43 +0000 Dan Verbeck 42672 at http://kcur.org Jackson County Voters To Decide Medical Research Tax http://kcur.org/post/jackson-county-voters-decide-medical-research-tax <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jackson County voters will decide a proposed half cent sales tax to benefit development of medical innovations and research at select area hospitals and medical schools.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The county legislature has voted by a large margin to put the measure on the November 5&nbsp;ballot.</p><p>Some legislators wanted changes if they were going to back the proposal, and they got it.</p><p></p><p>The alteration, passed by a vote of 7-2, now requires the county legislature appoint a member to a board overseeing finances.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 21:39:43 +0000 Dan Verbeck 42617 at http://kcur.org Jackson County Voters To Decide Medical Research Tax Legislators Question Jackson County Sales Tax Backers http://kcur.org/post/legislators-question-jackson-county-sales-tax-backers <p></p><p>A first public hearing before the Jackson County Legislature on a proposed sales tax for medical research drew no outright opposition. &nbsp;<br><br>Legislators do have a hefty array of questions about costs and benefits.</p><p></p><p><br>If sent to and approved by Jackson County voters, the half cent sales tax is estimated to generate about $40 million a year for what has been termed "Translational Medical Research."</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 08:54:55 +0000 Dan Verbeck 42232 at http://kcur.org Legislators Question Jackson County Sales Tax Backers Proposed Jackson County Sales Tax Hike Would Boost Medical Research http://kcur.org/post/proposed-jackson-county-sales-tax-hike-would-boost-medical-research <p></p><p>Medical, business and educational leaders have spelled out what Jackson County residents would get if a tax issue is put on the November ballot and gains voter approval to enhance health research and medical care.</p><p>If the county legislature and voters approve, a half-cent sales tax would raise $40 million a year.</p><p></p><p>Funds would be divided between Children's Mercy and St. Luke’s Hospitals and UMKC. It’s designed to attract top medical researchers to translate new findings into treatment, diagnosis and prevention of diseases.</p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 20:24:36 +0000 Dan Verbeck 41651 at http://kcur.org Proposed Jackson County Sales Tax Hike Would Boost Medical Research Missouri Governor Campaigns Against Vetoed Tax Credit Bill http://kcur.org/post/missouri-governor-campaigns-against-vetoed-tax-credit-bill <p><a href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Governor Jay Nixon</a>&nbsp;has launched a major public effort to support his veto last week of a bill that would have cut Missouri's individual and corporate income taxes.</p><p>The Democratic Governor appeared before college and university officials Tuesday morning in Jefferson City, telling them that the GOP-backed proposal is the single greatest threat to public education he's seen in his career.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 14:55:23 +0000 Marshall Griffin 38374 at http://kcur.org Missouri Governor Campaigns Against Vetoed Tax Credit Bill Advocates Say Children Didn't Fare Well In Kan. Legislative Session http://kcur.org/post/advocates-say-children-didnt-fare-well-kan-legislative-session <p>Kansas lawmakers this year spared early childhood programs from the budget axe, but advocates for those programs say children didn't fare well overall in the 2013 legislative session.</p><p>The top concern, according to April Holman of the non-profit Kansas Action for Children, is that lawmakers balanced the budget using more than $9 million that should have gone into an endowment for early childhood funding.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 13:49:42 +0000 Bryan Thompson 38031 at http://kcur.org Faulty Property Assessments In Jackson County? http://kcur.org/post/faulty-property-assessments-jackson-county <div>Jackson County officials are <strong>acknowledging that new valuations </strong>on 18,000 residential properties <strong>may not be accurate</strong> and need additional review.</div><p> Fri, 24 May 2013 15:31:33 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 37316 at http://kcur.org Faulty Property Assessments In Jackson County? Nixon Vetoes Bill That Would Eliminate Tax Break For Elderly Renters http://kcur.org/post/nixon-vetoes-bill-would-eliminate-tax-break-elderly-renters <p></p><p>Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, has vetoed legislation that would eliminate a tax credit for elderly Missourians who rent their homes.</p><p>House and Senate Republicans voted to do away with the so-called "Senior Citizens Circuit Breaker" as a means of shoring up funding for the First Steps program, which aids children with developmental disabilities.&nbsp;</p><p>In his veto letter, Nixon voiced disapproval of using money designated for seniors for other purposes, and stated that the bill contained no tax credit reforms.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 13:42:00 +0000 Marshall Griffin 36780 at http://kcur.org Nixon Vetoes Bill That Would Eliminate Tax Break For Elderly Renters Proposed Tax Cut Scaled Back By Missouri Senate Republicans http://kcur.org/post/proposed-tax-cut-scaled-back-missouri-senate-republicans <p>Republicans in the Missouri Senate have scaled back&nbsp;a proposal to cut state taxes in order to emulate tax cuts in neighboring Kansas and Oklahoma.</p><p>Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, has strongly objected to the bill's sales tax hike, saying it would hurt the poor and elderly the most.&nbsp; That provision has been dropped.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>House Bill 253&nbsp;would now cut the personal income tax rate by half a percentage point and the corporate rate by three points, and phase them both in over the next 10 years.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 16:24:44 +0000 Maria Carter 36384 at http://kcur.org Proposed Tax Cut Scaled Back By Missouri Senate Republicans Missouri House Sends Amended Tax Bill Back To Senate http://kcur.org/post/missouri-house-sends-amended-tax-bill-back-senate <p></p><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/">Missouri House</a>&nbsp;has passed<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/13info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=16944752">&nbsp;a Senate bill&nbsp;</a>that would overhaul the state’s income and sales taxes, but not before making&nbsp;a few changes.</p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 14:25:21 +0000 Marshall Griffin 35673 at http://kcur.org Missouri House Sends Amended Tax Bill Back To Senate The Kansas Sales Tax: To Extend Or Not To Extend http://kcur.org/post/kansas-sales-tax-extend-or-not-extend <p><br>Three years ago the Kansas legislature passed a<strong> one-cent sales tax</strong> with the intention of removing it at a later date. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 20:21:52 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 35569 at http://kcur.org The Kansas Sales Tax: To Extend Or Not To Extend Missouri Legislature's Hot-Button Issues http://kcur.org/post/missouri-legislatures-hot-button-issues <p></p><p>Things have been <strong>heating up</strong> in Jefferson City during this <strong>legislative session</strong>.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 34922 at http://kcur.org Missouri Legislature's Hot-Button Issues Cash Money Crew: Tax Preparation http://kcur.org/post/cash-money-crew-tax-preparation <p>Taxes are due in one week and that may have most of your attention, but now is also the perfect opportunity to begin planning your tax preparation and behavior for next year.&nbsp; Our Cash Money Crew with <strong>Alex Petrovic</strong>,<strong> </strong>of <a href="http://www.petrovicfs.com/">Petrovic Financial Services</a>; <strong>Sandi Weaver, </strong>of <a href="http://www.financial-security-adv.com/">Financial Security Advisors</a> and <strong>Julie Welch</strong>, of <a href="http://www.mwbpc.com/">Meara, Welch Browne</a>; help you navigate the complicated and ever changing world of Tue, 09 Apr 2013 00:42:23 +0000 Bill Anderson & Matthew Long-Middleton 34757 at http://kcur.org Cash Money Crew: Tax Preparation Health Club Bill Stalls in Kansas Statehouse Committee http://kcur.org/post/health-club-bill-stalls-kansas-statehouse-committee <p>A bill that would exempt private health clubs and gyms from property taxes Kansas has stalled in a committee. The measure has prompted hundreds of emails to lawmakers about the issue.</p><p>The conference committee working on tax issues decided not to take up the health club measure. Supporters of the bill, including health club owners, say they face competition from tax-free organizations like the YMCA and publicly owned health clubs.</p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 14:35:16 +0000 Stephen Koranda 34561 at http://kcur.org Health Club Bill Stalls in Kansas Statehouse Committee Kansas Tax Negotiators Begin Meetings http://kcur.org/post/kansas-tax-negotiators-begin-meetings <p>A select group of lawmakers from the Kansas House and Senate started negotiations on tax legislation today. The conference committee will work to find a compromise between bills that passed the two chambers.</p><p>The bills have one large difference. The Senate version makes a temporary sales tax permanent to help offset the costs of income tax cuts. The House version allows the sales tax to expire as planned later this year, and introduces additional income tax reductions more slowly.</p><p>Senator Les Donovan, a Wichita Republican, says extending the sales tax is critical.</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 15:02:00 +0000 Stephen Koranda 34220 at http://kcur.org Kansas Tax Negotiators Begin Meetings KS House Rejects Democrats' Property Tax Plan http://kcur.org/post/ks-house-rejects-democrats-property-tax-plan <p>The Kansas House on Wednesday rejected a proposal by Democrats aimed at reducing the property taxes paid by Kansans. Thu, 21 Mar 2013 14:36:18 +0000 Stephen Koranda 33819 at http://kcur.org KS House Rejects Democrats' Property Tax Plan Kansas House And Senate Differ On Sales Tax http://kcur.org/post/kansas-house-and-senate-differ-sales-tax <p>The Kansas House and Senate are working on two bills that would cut income taxes, but they are very different in one aspect.</p><p>The bill that passed the Senate would make permanent a temporary sales tax that's set to expire later this year. The House plan would let the sales tax expire as planned.</p><p>Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce, a Republican from Hutchinson, says the sales tax wouldn't be a deal breaker.</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 14:39:33 +0000 Stephen Koranda 33635 at http://kcur.org Kansas House And Senate Differ On Sales Tax