TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY EAST SIDE LEADERS CALL COUNCILMAN JERMAINE REED 'TRAITOR' FOR WALKING OUT ON TAX REFORM ORDINANCE HE CO-SPONSORED!!!
An unexpected delay on an important tax incentive reform ordinance has evoked frustration from many Kansas City 3rd District residents with the quality of their in-district elected representation.
Accordingly . . .
KANSAS CITY EAST SIDE INSIDERS CALL COUNCILMAN JERMAINE REED A TRAITOR FOR WALKING OUT OF AN IMPORTANT VOTE TO REIN IN KANSAS CITY TAX SUBSIDY!!!
Mainstream media reported the two hour debate and wrangling between Councilman Quinton Lucas and Councilman Scott Wagner BUT overlooked a key player in the drama.
Here's the word about how the vote took place behind the scenes:
"Councilman Jermaine Reed -- The traitor who betrayed his co-sponsors on the tax incentive reform ordinance. He skipped out before the vote forcing them to hold it 2 weeks. Eastside leaders and his colleagues (especially the Black caucus) are upset with his flip flop and cop out. They all stood behind him on his wasteful and misguided 18th and Vine funding request but he lacked the fortitude and courage to fight for reform that will help schools, libraries and economic development east of Troost. He has the loyalty of a leech."
More perspective . . .
"Quinton worked months on that reform ordinance and had strong support from white Republican women from the Northland but could not depend on his own in-District colleague when it was time to vote. He was a co-sponsor who did not stay to vote for his own ordinance."
The citywide support for the measure is important and should be noted. . . This was an issue where 3rd District had a chance to collaborate with City Council across the bridge and demonstrate just a bit of fiscal responsibility. Now, insiders blame Councilman Reed for a failure to control the ongoing corporate tax incentive spree that continues to loot money from urban core schools and neighborhoods.
Developing . . .