TKC MUST READ!!! MAYOR SLY REAX TO KANSAS CITY POLICE SALARY CRISIS BLAMES MISSOURI LEGISLATURE AND LACK OF LOCAL CONTROL WHILST DEFLECTING PAY EQUALITY DEMANDS!!!
After learning that they're last on the list of recent City Hall salary increases, KCPD leadership is pushing for pay equality and the response from the Mayor merely deflects the question.
To wit . . .
CHECK MAYOR SLY JAMES SHELVING KANSAS CITY POLICE SALARY CONCERNS AND PASSING THE BUCK TO THE MISSOURI GOP!!!
This is the same tactic Mayor Sly has used in confronting rising crime and blaming gun rights for urban core homicide.
And so, here's a cold response to local law enforcement and a rhetorical strategy hoping that locals won't realize the (far more politically connected) Fire Department is taking the lion's share of public safety funding.
Checkit . . .
Kansas City Mayor Sly James: Let’s talk about raises
Money line for the Mayor . . .
We absolutely have to talk about what HAS been done by my administration to support, strengthen, and value our police department.
- KC police has received a budget increase EVERY year that I’ve been in office, since 2011.
- I want to say that again. Our police department has received pay increases of 2% or more in their wages plus larger increases to benefits since I entered office five years ago.
- In that same time, the city and FOP reached a contract agreement on pension and salary in 2013, that reflected cooperative effort, and represented stability for the years ahead.
- Our city spends 74 cents of every dollar in our general fund on public safety. 74 percent. We don’t pinch pennies when it comes to our city’s safety OR the value of those who protect and serve us.
- As the only city in the nation without local control of our police department – - we’ve made these advancements and strengthened our commitment to our police department DESPITE a state legislature that determines big parts of our city’s law enforcement policies.
This issue has real consequences. We absolutely have to maintain a top tier police department and my record shows my commitment to just that. Continuing this will require the same cooperation, open communication, and shared vision of success that has made gains possible in recent years.
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You decide . . .