Voters in Missouri and Kansas could extend a bi-state cultural tax for metropolitan Kansas City under a bill heading for the governor. It passes the House despite attracting criticism. The bill is identical to one passed by the Kansas legislature, allowing local voters to extend the tax that financed the renovation of Union Station and the creation of Science City. Yet Blue Springs Representative Don Lograsso questions whether the state is authorizing a political subdivision it can’t control. Representative Luann Ridgeway of Smithville questions expanding the tax to include sports even as she praises the Union Station renovation as adding to the culture of Kansas City. The sponsor acknowledges critics raised some legitimate concerns, but points out local voters will have the final say. The bill passes easily and is sent to the governor’s desk.
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