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Kansas City charter schools could see millions more in funding

Kansas City charter schools could see millions more in funding

For years, charter school educators and families in Kansas City and St. Louis have alleged their schools were being shortchanged in funding. Thanks to a new state law, their schools may soon see an increase in the dollars they receive from the state annually for each of their students.  In Missouri, charter schools have been…


KCPD funding, World Cup taxes, sports betting: How KC delegation priorities fared in the Missouri legislature

KCPD funding, World Cup taxes, sports betting: How KC delegation priorities fared in the Missouri legislature

Kansas City was the center of plenty of debate this year inside the Missouri legislature. Among the legislature’s many priorities, lawmakers fielded multiple proposals to raise the minimum amount of money the city must give its police department. They set aside federal dollars to attract new airlines to a newly rebuilt Kansas City International Airport.…

Many Missourians can expect tax rebate up to $500 thanks to state surplus

Many Missourians can expect tax rebate up to $500 thanks to state surplus

With the legislature staring at the wrapup of this year’s legislative session Friday at 6 p.m., many households in the state can now expect a one-time tax rebate. Missouri lawmakers have finalized a plan to set aside $500 million of the state’s general revenue to return to taxpayers through a tax credit. The rebate is part…

Recreational cannabis in Missouri via legislature seems unlikely

Recreational cannabis in Missouri via legislature seems unlikely

Those hoping to see adult-use cannabis legalized in Missouri through legislative action may be out of luck this year, according to supporters of HB 2704, a legalization bill currently stalled in the House of Representatives.  But two potential ballot initiatives may be able to pick up where the stalled bill left off.  A voter-driven initiative…

With Missouri overdose rates on the rise, federal funds for Narcan dry up

With Missouri overdose rates on the rise, federal funds for Narcan dry up

Since 2016, the state of Missouri has relied on a federal grant to help purchase and distribute naloxone, often known as Narcan, a life-saving treatment that can reverse potentially fatal overdoses. That grant has expired, leaving treatment providers without a centralized resource to turn to for the medicine. With no long-term replacement for the same…

Picture looks brighter for better starting teacher pay, school transportation as Missouri legislators wrangle over budget

Picture looks brighter for better starting teacher pay, school transportation as Missouri legislators wrangle over budget

Update (May 4, 2022): The joint committee responsible for finalizing Missouri’s 2023 budget passed both proposals. With just weeks to go until the Missouri legislature must approve the state’s budget, the outcome looks brighter for teachers and school districts. A joint committee of House and Senate members took another step toward finalizing the Fiscal Year…

Redistricting will impact Kansas for the next decade. Here’s how it works.

Redistricting will impact Kansas for the next decade. Here’s how it works.

Update: On April 25, Wyandotte County District Judge Bill Klapper ruled that a map setting new boundaries for the state’s four congressional districts is unconstitutional. The decision is likely to be appealed to the Kansas Supreme Court. How will you be represented in the Kansas Legislature for the next decade? It comes down to maps.…

Hesitant support continues for full cannabis legalization in Missouri, amid concerns about fairness and equity

Hesitant support continues for full cannabis legalization in Missouri, amid concerns about fairness and equity

The advocates who successfully campaigned for a constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana in Missouri in 2018 are continuing to push the state toward recreational legalization of cannabis, but sharp disagreements have arisen over fairness in the market. The House Rules Committee on Tuesday afternoon advanced HB2704, called the Cannabis Freedom Act. It awaits full…

As Missouri’s opioid crisis rages, $458 million in settlement money arrives

As Missouri’s opioid crisis rages, $458 million in settlement money arrives

In February, Missouri was awarded $458 million in a settlement from the nation’s top opioid producers. Now, as lawmakers and state departments prepare to receive and distribute those funds, advocates hope Missouri will use the money wisely to respond to an opioid crisis that has taken thousands of lives.  The $26 billion legal settlement –…

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