Voters To Decide Several Issues On August 8 Including Minimum Wage

By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

Kansas City voters will get to decide the fate of several issues on Tuesday, August 8.
Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

The ballot issues are two questions concerning extension of the streetcar and its funding and raising the minimum wage

Question No. 1
(Initiative Petition)
(Streetcar System Extension – Elections Required)

Question 1 asks voters to decide “YES” or “NO”.

“Shall the City of Kansas City prohibit any and all City officers, agents and employees from causing the planning for, construction, preparation for construction, preparation of land, or purchase of land if connected to the expansion of the streetcar system or any new fixed rail transit system, without first gaining voter approval, and establish a penalty of up to $1,000 a day for noncompliance?”

Question No. 2
(Initiative Petition)
(Streetcar System Extension – Sales Taxes)

Question 2 asks voters to decide “Yes” or “No”.

“Shall the City of Kansas City enact the following two sales taxes:

(a) a new 1/8¢ sales tax for 25 years beginning January 1, 2018, pursuant to sections 94.600 through 94.655, Revised Statutes of Missouri, the transportation sales tax; and

(b) a new 1/4¢ sales tax for 25 years beginning January 1, 2018, pursuant to sections 94.575 through 94.577, Revised Statutes of Missouri, the capital improvement sales tax, all for the purpose of constructing, maintaining and operating one or more extensions to the streetcar system, that might include a fleet of electric buses to transport people to and from light rail system stations and from a northern station to KCI, from the Kansas City Zoo to the new Cerner Campus, and from the Country Club Plaza to Brookside and south, or as much as can be constructed, maintained and operated with proceeds of the tax, including necessary bridges and other infrastructure?”

Question No. 3

(Initiative Petition) (City Minimum Wage)

Question 3 asks voters to decide “Yes” or “No”.

“Shall the City of Kansas City enact now a municipal minimum wage of $10.00 per hour on August 24, 2017, and increased annually by $1.25 per hour beginning September 1, 2019, to reach $15.00 per hour in 2022?”

None of the issues on the ballot are City initiated Questions.

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St. Louis Minimum Wage To Go Back To State Mandate Of $7.10 An Hour; Is This A Message For Kansas City?

Workers ProtestBy Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

On August 28, St. Louis’ minimum wage increase that has gone to $10 per hour will revert back to $7.70 per hour as Gov. Eric Greitens announced on Friday, June 30, that he will allow a bill blocking the city’s increase to become law without his signature.

This announcement came on the heels of activists in Kansas City announcing a drive for the August 8, election in which voters will get the opportunity to decide whether or not to raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour.

The bill in question bans local minimum wages, requires all cities and municipalities in Missouri to stick to the statewide standard.

One Missouri lawmaker told THE CALL, when the legal battle first started, that smaller cities like Raytown, Mo., would lose many of its workers to Kansas City because the minimum wage would be much higher.

Minimum wage workers in St. Louis are currently making $10 an hour after winning a two-year legal fight against business groups who challenged a 2015 city ordinance authorizing an increase.

Under that city law, the wage was set to rise again in January to $11 an hour, then increase annually with inflation.

“It will kill jobs,” Greitens said of the increase. “And despite what you hear from liberals, it will take money out of people’s pockets.”

“Politicians in the Legislature could’ve come up with a timely solution to this problem. Instead, they dragged their feet for months,” Greitens said in a statement. “Now, because of their failures, we have different wages across the state.”

THE CALL spoke with Attorney Clinton Adams who serves as a part of the legal team which won the battle to get the measure on the ballot in August.

“The State’s misguided action is a political set-back that poses a major legal challenge. If the voters of Kansas City approve the $15 per hour minimum wage in August we have to test the validity of the state legislation preempting local minimum wage laws,” Adams said.

“The issue will be whether


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21-Year-Old Man Charged With Murdering His Grandfather

By Eric L. Wesson Sr.Tyreik Baldwin
CALL Staff Writer

Tyreil Baldwin, 21, has been charged with domestic assault, armed criminal action, vehicle theft and first-degree murder in the death of his grandfather Harvey C. Baldwin, who he, allegedly, killed and was found in a freezer in Baldwin’s home.

According to Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker, police had been called to the Blue Springs home about 8:20 p.m. on Friday, June 30, when another family member reported that Tyreik Baldwin had sneaked up on him and hit him in the head with a hammer before stealing his truck.

The family member told police that he had visited the house after becoming worried about Harvey Baldwin, who wasn’t answering his phone.

Tyreik and his grandfather, Harvey Baldwin, had recently been arguing over issues, including Tyreik’s spilling of sugar in the house.

While police were at the house, they, allegedly, found Harvey Baldwin dead inside a chest freezer.

Police soon learned that Tyreik had used a debit card at a Lee’s Summit gas station and had used the family member’s debit card to withdraw cash from an ATM.

Tyreik was apprehended by police on I-470. He reportedly tried to flee the traffic stop, but police officers used stop sticks to halt his vehicle.

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