Columbia’s Daily Dish (May 19, 2009)

A smattering of links about Columbia’s growth and development.

Missouri at front of grassroots tax movement (Columbia Missourian) — The idea of adopting a statewide consumption tax in lieu of traditional corporate and individual income taxes is not novel. Fifteen years ago, three Houston businessmen invested $20 million to study alternatives to income tax nationwide. The idea has since gained a cult following.
‘Fair tax’ gains traction in Missouri legislature (Columbia Missourian) — Increasing frustration over Missouri’s 90-year-old income tax has prompted legislators to begin pushing an alternative that to date has been little more than a fringe issue on the national political scene.

City, residents seek slowdown on West Boulevard (Columbia Missourian) — City officials and Columbia residents living along West Boulevard are discussing ways to limit or completely prohibit commercial trucks from using a mile-long stretch of the street.

Health Connection will remain open (Columbia Missourian) — The Health Connection, an MU-funded fitness center for senior citizens, will remain open despite several months of uncertainty about the center’s future, said Richard Oliver, dean of the School of Health Professions.

• Old Highway 124 to temporarily close for culvert replacement (Columbia Missourian) — Boone County Public Works will close Old Highway 124 near Hallsville from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Council approves construction of new trail… again (Columbia Missourian) — There was nothing but support at the City Council meeting Monday night for a planned trail from the Twin Lakes Recreation Area to an existing trailhead just north of Stadium Boulevard.

City weighs removal of streetlights (Columbia Daily Tribune) — The night skies soon might get a little darker in some areas of Columbia, with a city department weighing the possibility of eliminating about 800 streetlights.

Road work to affect streets around town (Columbia Daily Tribune) — Columbia Public Works crews today will begin line striping on streets across town. The work will continue through June 12, with crews out from about 7 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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