NEJC reps come out against budget bill as vote suspended. Northeast Johnson County Reps. Barbara Bollier, Stephanie Clayton, Melissa Rooker and Jarrod Ousley are among the 86 members of the House who cast a no vote on HB2109, the controversial budget bill that would raise state sales taxes to 6.55 percent while allowing 338,000 business owners to avoid income taxes. The vote was suspended at 29-86 after midnight last night with House leaders calling for members to return at 8 a.m. Ten members of the House, including Johnson County Rep. Amanda Grosserode, were absent from the vote. The House has authorized State Troopers to locate the absent representatives and bring them in to vote.
Prairie Village student participates in annual engineering program. SM East student Logan Bennion is one of 255 students whose math and science skills earned them a spot at the 23rd Annual Engineering State program at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. At the program, which wraps up today, Bennion and the other students participate in 19 competitive exercises.
Mission Artwork Saturday on Johnson Drive. The fifth annual Mission Artwork takes on a different look this year, moving from Friday evenings to Saturday afternoon with the first event this weekend. The event also moves to the sidewalks along Johnson Drive. About 20 local artists will have booths along the sidewalk between Lamar and Nall from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The art sales will be combined with live music, food and specials at Johnson Drive businesses. The Artwork previously had been along a side street off Johnson Drive. A second Artwork is planned for July 11.
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