Top Of The Morning News: January 17, 2013 | KCUR

Top Of The Morning News: January 17, 2013

Jan 17, 2013

The full council looks at putting the health levy on the ballot again.  Missouri Senator Roy Blunt says the President is taking the wrong approach on gun policy.  Smoking only allowed in some offices in the Missouri House.

Full Council To Take Up Health Levy Today

Kansas City’s health levy has long funded ambulance services and other care for residents without insurance or a means to pay. A portion of that levy is temporary, and it expires next year.  While much has changed since the levy was first introduced, city leaders and proponents of the tax are pushing to renew that temporary portion for nine more years.  Read more here.

Missouri Senator Says Obama Gun Violence Measure Takes Wrong Tack

President Obama’s gun  protection proposals may have some value-base according to Missouri’s junior U.S. Senator, Republican Roy Blunt.  However, Blunt continues to believe no successful legislation will come from calls for greater gun restrictions. And says the President’s plan is no solution.  Find out more about where Blunt stand here.

Anti-Tax Activist Norquist Lauds Kansas Plan

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s call in his State of the State speech for phasing out the state income tax had a high-profile advocate in the audience. Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, a Washington, D.C.-based anti-tax group, met with Brownback and House and Senate leadership before the speech in Topeka Tuesday night.  Read more here.

Smoking In Mo House: GOP, Yes, Dems, No
Republican members of the Missouri House who smoke will still be able to, while Democrats won’t. That's the result of a new House rule adopted.  Find out the reason behind the difference here.