Northeast Johnson County morning roundup


Rep. Stephanie Clayton was heard by hundreds of thousands of public radio listeners on Here & Now Friday.
Rep. Stephanie Clayton was heard by hundreds of thousands of public radio listeners on Here & Now Friday.

NEJC Rep. Clayton featured on national radio segment about Kansas tax hike. Northeast Johnson County Rep. Stephanie Clayton was the featured interviewee on Friday’s five-and-a-half minute segment about the tax hike approved by the Kansas legislature on Here & Now, the national news program distributed on NPR stations across the country. Clayton said she voted against the bill because it failed to close the budget hole by raising taxes in the “correct, comprehensive way.” “We were told that we can come back and fix this next year,” Clayton said. “You don’t want to vote on a bill that already needs fixing before you’ve voted on it. That’s tremendously bad policy.” [Kansas Passes Tax Hike To Close Gaping Budget Gap — Here & Now]

Interactive map shows new city sales tax rates. An interactive map compiled by the Topeka Capital Journal shows the new city sales taxes that will go into effect July 1 after the legislature’s vote to raise the state rate from 6.15 to 6.5 percent. The map doesn’t show the rates for all the special taxing districts. As noted previously, the increase will push the sales tax at some shopping areas in northeast Johnson County close to or over 10 percent. [Kansas sales tax rates — Topeka Capital Journal]

Vintage 1962 Airstream stolen from Prairie Village family. A 1962 Airstream Overland, being overhauled by its Prairie Village owners, was stolen overnight Friday from a lot in KCK where workers were installing countertops. The camper had been in the family for three generations. It also contained family photos of camping trips. [Family pleads for help after vintage Airstream stolen – KCTV5]

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