NAR’s State and Local Issues Mobilization Committee Report March and April 2017

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April 18, 2017
State and Local Issues Mobilization Support Committee Media Report

Below is a report of media hits related to March and April’s Issues Mobilization grant expenditure activity compiled by Community & Political Affairs Communications.

 

TRANSPORTATION
Association: Kansas City, MO
Background: Pass April 2017 transportation funding ballot initiative in Kansas City
Approval Date: 3/23/2017
Grant Awarded: $24,110
Outcome: Win

 

What you need to know about Kansas City’s largest GO bond ...
Kansas City Star-Mar 30, 2017
Kansas City voters will consider the largest general obligation bond request in the … asked questions and answers to the measures on Kansas City’s April 4 ballot: … as tree trimming and roof repairs which aren’t eligible for the bonds funding. … considering proximity to schools, employment centers, public transportation, …

 

The House Budget Debates: Appropriations bills perfected after long …
The Missouri Times-Apr 4, 2017
JEFFERSON CITY, – The Missouri House began the process of perfecting…. UM Kansas City, the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, … That measure failed on a voice vote, as did another amendment seeking to … saying the state has made a habit of not properly funding its transportation infrastructure.

 

Missouri House nixes voter say on gas tax hike
Herald-Whig-Apr 13, 2017
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. … The measure failed 51-103. Voting against the issue were three Northeast Missouri legislators — Craig Redmon, … Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska and Arkansas have all moved decisively in recent years to … State funding for transportation has fallen from $1.3 billion in 2009 to less than half that today.

 

Perspective: The good, the bad, and the ugly in the state budget
Jefferson City News Tribune-Apr 9, 2017
Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City in Opinion Read Time: 3 mins. … In 2014, the General Assembly put an issue on the ballot allowing voters to decide … on Missouri’s Interstates and highways, the 2014 initiative would have reduced their … I voted to strip the toll road ban from the transportation funding bill, but was in the minority.

 

Ever Thought of It? Sidewalks Play Big Role in Community Health
Flatland (blog)-Apr 3, 2017
In neighborhoods in Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas, sidewalks … of the city’s bond election, where one of three related ballot questions includes $150 … Voter approval of the measure would shift sidewalk funding away from … with limited mobility, and on improved access to: public transportation, schools, …

 

 

WATER
Association: Montana
Background: Pass 2017 state legislation providing improved framework for usage of small “exempt” water wells
Approval Date: 3/24/2017
Grant Awarded: $25,000
Outcome: Pending

 

Senate holds hearing on exempt well bill
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle-Mar 23, 2017
Exempt wells have been a recurring issue in recent legislative sessions and in Montana’s courts. The term refers to water wells that can be drilled without a state …

 

Legislature passes bill exempting wells on family-transfer land
Great Falls Tribune-17 hours ago
The court said the exemptions gave users unfair access to limited amounts of water in many areas. But, a bill in the Montana Legislature is poised to change that.

 

 

TRANSPORTATION
Association: Indiana
Background: Phase 2 of campaign to pass state transportation funding legislation in 2017 legislative session
Approval Date: 3/9/2017
Grant Awarded$99,000
Outcome: Pending

 

Where are they now: 2nd legislative update before conference …
Indiana Daily Student-Apr 6, 2017
Legislators voted Tuesday to pass a bill that would hike up Indiana’s gas and diesel tax. … The increased tax funds will go toward state infrastructure improvements, … gives the Indiana Department of Transportation permission to implement tolls … Senate earlier this session, and Senate rules forbid passing legislation that …

 

PROPERTY TAX
Association: 
Florida
Background: Phase 2 of campaign to enact legislation in 2017 placing property tax constitutional amendment on 2018 ballot
Approval Date: 3/27/2017
Grant Awarded: $14,750
Outcome: Pending

 

Bills That Property Owners and Insurers Should Watch This …
Daily Business Review (registration)-Apr 6, 2017
Florida law now allows condominium and homeowners associations to … the permanent property tax cap on second homes and commercial property. A constitutional amendment created a 10 percent cap on the annual … This cap helps make sure that businesses don’t get hit with property tax bill increases they can’t cover.

 

Florida House pursues property tax cut
Daily Commercial-Apr 5, 2017
Mike La Rosa, a St. Cloud Republican and real-estate developer who is handling … “At minimum, this constitutional amendment gives the ability of homeowners and … local governments collectively would see non-school property-tax revenue …

 

 

 

 

 

 

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