Tue October 28, 2008
Ballot Measures in Kansas and Missouri
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KansasCity, MO – Johnson County, Kansas residents are getting off relatively "easy" this fall: in addition to the Presidential, Congressional, and State House candidates, they're faced with only two ballot questions: one that addresses how judges are selected, and another one that asks voters to approve an eighth-cent sales tax increase to fund a health "research triangle." Missouri residents on the other hand, have a half-dozen measures to sort through. There are two constitutional amendments: one that requires that all governmental meetings be held in English only, and another one that changes rules related to the funding of storm water control projects. And there are three propositions: one that repeals the current maximum loss limit at casinos, prohibits future limits, and restricts the number of casinos being built; another regulating home healthcare workers; one that requires investor-owned electric utilities to generate or purchase electricity from renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, biomass and hydropower; and finally, Kansas City, Missouri residents will vote on an three-eighths cent sales tax to fund a light rail starter system. How can voters sort through all of these?
Steve Kraske talks with journalists throughout Kansas and Missouri about these measures, the arguments for and against each, and predict which ones will pass with voter approval.