Friday, September 02, 2016

Kansas City Corporate Welfare Push Back

The developer/consultant class run crying to the newspaper because they're encountering more questions about their taxpayer funded schemes on both sides of the State Line: Developers fear the power of critics could stall growth in KC area

7 Comments:

Anonymous said...

If developments can't pay for themselves they shouldn't be built. Saying development will be stalled really means unneeded development will not be built.

Anonymous said...

What about the 2 developments on the Plaza that didn't require incentives, that the "neighbors" decided they didn't want? Shouldn't the free market decide what gets built on privately owned land, not the nanny state big gubmint regulations? Where are the "taxpayer" groups on that one, especially since killing the developments cost the schools and library hundreds of thousands of dollars per year that would have come from new residents?

What about the development on the Westside where the subsidy (like lots of tax subsidies) was paying for a parking garage so "neighbors" could keep parking their vehicles on a public street without having to share it with other taxpayers? The Free Market would suggest they just need to share, and that public streets are, you know, for the public.

You can't have your cake and eat it too.

Anonymous said...

OK 8:29 zoning and free markets are two different subjects. While zoning is often subject to the same crony capitalism that TIFs represent there are rational reasons for zoning. In many areas businesses are required to provide parking for customers without subsidy. If they cannot afford said parking then they can't locate there. Just because they can't afford to locate there does not mean the city is obligated to subsidize their parking.

Anonymous said...

The Kerrs are masters at getting taxpayers to subsidize their private developments!! Enough is enough...pay your own way!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Mr.Kerr FEARS the ignorant unwashed who know nothing about how their money is stolen from them for development!!!!

Fear the Unwashed!!!!!

Anonymous said...

corporate welfare at any cost?

Anonymous said...

Downtown is mostly taxpayer subsidized. Kerr and his abatement lawyers created our very own real estate bubble! Real estate prices are artificially propped up. He needs ongoing taxpayer - and lots of it - cash lest the bubble burst.