CHICAGO — Kansas City, Mo., and St. Louis officials were breathing easier Wednesday after voters in both municipalities overwhelmingly endorsed the continued collection of a 1% tax on wages and salaries.

Officials from both cities had warned that a repeal of the tax could have a dire impact on credit ratings and drive the need for deep spending cuts or increases in other taxes. The earnings tax currently generates $200 million annually for Kansas City, supporting 40% of its operations, and $140 million for St. Louis, representing 30% of general fund revenues.

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