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Earnings Tax Debated In KC


Kansas City, Mo. – If you live or work in Kansas City, Missouri a 1% earnings tax takes a bite out of your paycheck. The tax has been around for over forty years. But a petition will soon begin circulating around the state, to bring the "e-tax" before all Missouri voters, and possibility outlaw Kansas City, and St. Louis from collecting that type of tax.

Ten city council members sponsored a resolution officially condemning the ballot initiative, saying the city can't operate without the earnings tax revenue. But Mayor Mark Funkhouser said he'd be willing to consider whether the tax is still a good idea.

KCUR's Susan B. Wilson caught up with City Councilwoman Deb Hermann, who explained why she thought repealing the earnings tax would have a negative impact on the city. Hermann is chair of the Finance and Audit Committee.

For the other side of the earnings tax argument, Susan also checked in with political consultant Patrick Tuohey, editor of The Missouri Record. He believes that now is the time to begin looking for alternatives to the earnings tax.

This story was produced for KC Currents. To listen on your own schedule, subscribe to the KC Currents Podcast.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Susan admits that her “first love” was radio, being an avid listener since childhood. However, she spent much of her career in mental health, healthcare administration, and sports psychology (Susan holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Bloch School of Business at UMKC.) In the meantime, Wilson satisfied her journalistic cravings by doing public speaking, providing “expert” interviews for local television, and being a guest commentator/contributor to KPRS’s morning drive time show and the teen talk show “Generation Rap.”
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