KANSAS CITY POLITICAL SLAP FIGHT!!! MAYOR SLY FANBOY APPOINTEE BRIAN NOLAND ACCUSES COUNCIL OF TAKING BRIBES AMID QUINTON LUCAS CORPORATE INCENTIVE CRACKDOWN ORDINANCE!!!
For the past couple of months that Biz Journal has been more of a mailer for boring corporate news . . . Thankfully, reporting an e-mail fight they started has spiced things up in terms of economic development.
KC Biz Journal: Councilman, economic development official clash over KC incentive cap
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What we like here is that THERE IS NO GOOD GUY IN THIS STORY . . . Mr. Noland champions corporate welfare whilst Council dude Lucas is obviously running for Mayor already.
The punchline here is that any consultant worth their salt can suggest an emergency ordinance and work around this measure with little problem.
Anyhoo . . . Here's the fun part . . .
"Noland’s email turns up the heat, claiming that “this ordinance was developed behind the backs of the agencies it seeks to change, introduced as a bribe to the initiative petitioners for political gain.”
"He said it was sad that “fake news” has been propagated that is contrary to “the real impact of the use of incentives in this city.”
“Those lies, and this bribe,” Noland concluded, “have now created a city policy that is hurting our city’s bottom line and long-term development prospects. Sadly, it is always the workers on these jobs that are hurt first, and worst. Fewer city construction projects means fewer city construction jobs."
The cool and calculating response from Councilman Lucas
“I find Mr. Noland’s personal attacks on my colleagues to be beneath him and unhelpful to the important relationship between mayoral-appointed economic development agencies and the City Council. Mr. Noland’s invective does nothing to help economic development or business growth in Kansas City.”
Again, read the Biz Journal article in private mode to avoid their paywall for the whole story . . .
But more important than economic chatter . . .
THE MAYOR SLY MACHINE IS CLEARLY FEELING PRESSURE IF THEY'RE WILLING TO ENGAGE IN E-MAIL FIGHTS WITH REPORTERS AND COUNCIL!!!
Again, a lot of this is simply promo for all of the personalities involved because the incentive crackdown ordinance is mostly just for show . . . Which is a fact of life that most insiders realize but mainstream media refuse to share with readers. Natch.
You decide . . .