TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! FULL TEXT!!! FREEDOM INC. PRESSER OPPOSING THE JACKSON COUNTY MEDICAL RESEARCH TAX!!!
Last night . . . AWESOME KANSAS CITY INSIDERS sent word our way before anybody else and we had a rather interesting conversation regarding this noteworthy opposition to Jackson County taxation efforts.
But it's still worth discussing just a bit more. . . To wit . . .
CHECK THE FULL TEXT OF KANSAS CITY'S FREEDOM INC. PRESSER ANNOUNCING THEIR OPPOSITION TO THE JACKSON COUNTY MEDICAL RESEARCH SALES TAX!!!
This is important for a lot of reasons that we talked about last night but mostly because Freedom Inc. is the most influential group in the urban core and their refusal to go along with the sales tax proposal despite an offer of around $200K reveals real grassroots opposition to this tax throughout the community.
Read for yourself . . .
Freedom, Inc. urges local residents to vote NO on Translational Research Tax – Question #1
October 3, 2013 (Kansas City, MO) Freedom, Incorporation held a special meeting tonight to determine its position on the Translational Research 1/2 cent sales tax. The membership voted unanimously to oppose the tax.
Over the last several weeks the organization's leadership team has been engaged in vetting the issues with both proponents and opponents of the tax. Freedom members were able to hear from both sides of the issue at its regular meeting on September 19th. However, no vote was taken at that time.
The Leadership Team gathered significant input from people who will pay the tax, spoke to residents and neighborhood leaders throughout Jackson County. Most, either privately or publically, oppose the tax for various reasons, including the most important issue: the regressive nature of the tax which does little to create jobs for area residents who need jobs now. Additionally, it does nothing to improve basic services needed by area residents.
Other concerns include, how precisely these funds will be used to benefit citizens of the African American community and other unemployed and under employed residents of this city and county.
Our community has supported sales taxes in the past. However, the general consensus is that this tax, at this time, and for this purpose is too burdensome and does not address the most pressing needs of the community.
The translational research tax may create high paying jobs for people who already have high paying jobs. Now is not the time to ask the poor, the unemployed and the underemployed people who can least afford it to bear the burden of an additional tax for 20 years.
Although the proposal maybe well-intentioned, Freedom, Inc. shares the concerns of the community that the sales tax will disproportionately hit lower-income families the hardest.
Research is far removed from Jackson County’s core responsibilities, which are 1) to assess, collect and distribute taxes, 2) record deeds and 3) provide basic services, such as police and fire, in the county’s unincorporated areas. We do not believe translational research is the responsibility of Jackson County residents. If this is a worthy endeavor the private sector, including philanthropic organizations and wealthy foundations, should make the investment—not people who can’t afford it.
Freedom, Incorporated believes in medical research leading to medical cures and improvements in health care treatment, but not on the backs of people who can least afford to pay and will not likely have immediate accessibility to the cures, when and if they should occur.