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New Year means new laws impacting Kansas City residents

Posted at 4:26 PM, Jan 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-01 21:09:14-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — It's the start of a new year, which means new state laws are coming on the books.

Kicking off 2020, some workers in Missouri will see bigger paydays.

More than 20 states, including Missouri, increased their minimum wage.

That means more than 153,000 workers in Missouri will see an 85 cents per hour pay increase, according to the Economic Policy Institute,

The new minimum wage of $9.45 per hour took effect Wednesday.

"Every little bit counts it will help out a lot," said Demonn Samuel.

Some business owners see the increase in pay as another challenge to making money.

"If your prices go up, you're going to have to make some business decisions," said Bill Teel, Executive Director of The Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association.

Helping to keep some change in the pockets of people in Kansas City, bus fares could soon go out the window. In December, the city council approved a resolution directing the city manager to find the money to allow people to ride the bus for free.

"It really I think charted a course for us to move towards a more equitable, accessible public transportation system," said Councilmember Eric Bunch.

It's been over a year since voters approved the legalization of medical marijuana in Missouri.

In 2020, dispensaries will officially open.

At least 2,200 people applied for a license, but only a fraction will get to open a shop.

Corporations in Missouri will get tax break in the new year.

The new 4 percent rate will be one of the lowest in the nation.

The New Year will bring new charges for some owners of electric vehicles.

For the first time, a majority of states will impose fees. In Kansas, fees can be up to $100.

State officials hope it will make up for part of the lost gas tax revenue that pays for road and bridge programs.

"I think it sounds a little rigged, I don't think it should be up charged for people buying a more gas efficient vehicle," said Cody Taylor.

Five states will see changes to their individual income tax bases, with Kansas becoming more generous.

Child and dependent care credit will also be offered at 25 percent of the federal amount, up nearly 7 percent.