Top Of The Morning News: May 31, 2013 | KCUR

Top Of The Morning News: May 31, 2013

May 31, 2013

Kansas lawmakers must go back to the negotiating table to resolve tax issues. The Kansas City Council approved funding for new soccer fields in Swope Park. The Council also approved a contract for ‘Phase II’ of the city’s streetcar plan. George Brett is back at the Royals' as interim hitting coach.

Kansas Session Drags On Amid Tax Impasse

Kansas lawmakers must resume negotiations on a budget and tax bill after the House rejected a plan Thursday that would have lowered the state sales tax on groceries and canceled a scheduled decrease in the sales tax on other items. Session enters day 98 Friday. Session typically lasts for 90 days.

Soccer Fields Coming To Swope Park

A new youth soccer complex at Swope Park was originally to be funded with unused Tax Increment Financing. Then the Raytown School District threatened to sue for its share of the $11 million. The city council approved a revised funding plan Thursday, assuring the ten soccer fields will be built.

Tax Cut or Tax Increase? Nixon Argues Latter

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says a bill passed by the legislature this year meant to cut income taxes would actually increase the sales tax for many Missourians. Senator Will Kraus handled the bill and says Nixon's qualms are just an excuse to veto the measure.

Street Car Plan Moves Ahead Despite Lawsuit

A court challenge to phase one of Kansas City's streetcar plans didn't slow the train Thursday, as the city council approved a contract for a study of phase two, comparing seven possible routes.

Brett’s Back

As an attempt to revive the bats of the Kansas City Royals, the team has turned to the face of their franchise history, George Brett. Brett recently turned 60, but is back in a Royal’s uniform as the team’s hitting coach on an interim basis.

New Committee To Study Medicaid In Missouri

Missouri state lawmakers have launched an interim committee on Medicaid. Governor Jay Nixon had pushed the legislature this session to expand Medicaid eligibility and accept federal dollars to do so. No measure passed, with Republican lawmakers worrying about the long-term costs. Republican Representative Jay Barnes will chair the committee.