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DIY Democracy: How to be a tax incentives watchdog

From the Power and Light District and midtown Costco to the planned KC Current stadium in the rapidly developing Berkley Riverfront, economic development and tax incentive decisions leave an indelible mark on Kansas City. These decisions help bring jobs, housing and sparkly new arenas, but they can also have consequences for taxing jurisdictions like Kansas…

A new solution will address Kansas City’s lack of disability-accessible housing

The Center for Developmentally Disabled is building four-bedroom family houses across Kansas City that are designed to help people with disabilities live with greater independence.  The new homes will include automatic doors. The ceilings will be outfitted with lift and track systems to make it easier for a caretaker to get someone with limited mobility…

Sheltered workshop employees work at Project CU, a St. Louis sheltered workshop.
Sheltered workshop workers package neonatal care kits in the pharma room at Project CU sheltered workshop in St. Louis, Missouri, in July. (Arin Yoon/Special to ProPublica)

Missouri Allows Some Disabled Workers to Earn Less Than $1 an Hour. The State Says It’s Fine If That Never Changes.

Sheltered workshops are meant to employ disabled adults as they prepare to enter the regular workforce. In Missouri, these workers rarely graduate to higher-paying jobs.


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