TKC EXCLUSIVE FACT CHECK!!! PREZ TRUMP BUDGET CUTS FUNDING FOR KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR!!!
The latest budget proposal from Prez Trump refocuses spending priorities on projects vital to Americans and eliminates a great deal of waste and bureaucracy. Accordingly, money and grant funding that has served to finance the Kansas City streetcar has been slashed.
To wit . . .
THE STREETCAR BOOM UNDER PREZ OBAMA HAS NOW BEEN CUT BY PREZ TRUMP'S NEW BUDGET!!! THE KEY COMPONENT OF THE KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR AND ITS EXPANSION IS NOW TARGETED BY PREZ TRUMP AND THE GOP!!!
Like it or not, this is the least controversial of all Prez Trump's financial moves and something that Conservatives have advocated for years. TIGER grants have been the building blocks of the streetcar and now their use is under fire by the new administration.
A smart quote analyzing the topic from a local perspective:
"All those big Republican out of state downtown developers with 15 year tax abatements who love the Streetcar and voted for Trump may now have a few regrets."
Nevertheless, the streetcar funding now at FULL STOP under the new budget should give Kansas City residents, voters and politicos a moment of pause about the viability of a "touristy frou-frou" transit that has dominated the local discourse and was prominently featured as the centerpiece of so many development schemes inside and around the loop.
Check the links:
Curbed: Proposed Trump budget makes billion-dollar cuts in city transportation, development funds
StreetsBlog: Trump’s Budget Takes an Axe to Transit
Daily Reporter: Trump budget proposal seeks to scrap grant program used for streetcar projects
The Street: Trump's Plan Cuts Transportation Budget, Eliminates Funding for New Projects
The Hill: Trump budget proposes 13 percent cut to Transportation Dept
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