Wednesday, May 13, 2009

One more time through the TIF, H&R Block, J.E. Dunn, MBE Controversy Muck!!!



The fact that The Star isn't covering the current MBE, H&R Block, J. E. Dunn, TIF controversy is a rather obvious sign that it's really no big deal if the paper-of-record goes out of business . . . Which I hope happens in the next five years.

Anyhoo . . . Unlike any reporters from The Star, I check out today's TIF commission meeting and I wasn't disappointed.



Philip Yelder of Kansas City's Human Relations Department relayed the details of a recent report to the Commission that TKC readers had early this morning . . . Note that the TIF Commission still hasn't made the paperwork available to the public at large and probably won't anytime soon.

I found it funny that TIF Commissioners and the Human Relations Department officials went out of their way to discredit a previous report that TKC readers can now check out at their leisure . . . Along with a Nell McAndrew bikini model mega photo gallery.

Money quotes from Yelder related to his report:

"J.E. Dunn was aware of the arrangement." - In context of responsibility for MBE contracts not being carried out in "good faith."

"All of the parties (were) involved in the effort to inflate participation numbers" - A point reiterated by a TIF Commissioner.



The members of the TIF Commission seem to be tired of the controversy and want to put the issue to rest quickly.

"The time for closure is now" said one TIF Commissioner.





Lawyers for H&R Block, Allen Halquist and J.E. Dunn's John Sullivan begged for more time and promised more information regarding the alleged Minority contracting number boosting scheme.

H&R Block's dude was definitely smooth and cited the company's attempt to get close to the goal numbers excluding this one instance . . . And I couldn't help but think:

THIS EGREGIOUS INSTANCE OF INFLATING MINORITY PARTICIPATION NUMBERS ON THE H&R BLOCK PROJECT PUTS THE REST OF THEIR STATS IN QUESTION!!!

Essentially, the argument that H&R Block makes is that they've really done a great job including minority contractors AS PART OF THE TERMS OF THEIR TIF AGREEMENT in all of the other instances when it wasn't clearly demonstrated that they faked the numbers by a City Hall report. Ostensibly, Kansas City taxpayers are supposed to believe that they did great when they weren't caught cheating.

A TIF commissioner shrewdly noted that H&R Block is on the line for any judgment or finding against the MBE practices in case.

Nevertheless, they were granted more time and there's going to be YET ANOTHER MEETING that should bring a final TIF Commission verdict.

May 27th is the next TIF Commission meeting that should bring this case to a conclusion . . . To wit, I expect more coverage from The Star on urban chicken news rather than examining the TIF and Downtown Development schemes that have essentially cut out Kansas City's minority community and made local government seem as if it's for sale.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice ass. Glad to see you got outside.

Anonymous said...

Dismantle the program. Good riddance.

Anonymous said...

Give it a rest. Here's the prediction that you would make if you had any guts Tony.

Neither J.E. Dunn nor H&R Block are going to face any repercussions on this because Kansas City can't afford to alienate big businesses. Now is a time when we want to encourage investment and if big companies know that they can't build in our city without being shaken down by every shitty little minority contractor then we'll never be able to develop a sustainable way to lure development. It's not about TIF, it's about common sense which is something that advocates of MBE giveaways have never been able to understand.

Anonymous said...

Anon 1:39 you dipshit! The greedy white guy is the one who is shaking down the city, which presumably includes you too. In order to continue your obvious bias against minorities, are you willing to let corporate thieves like Dunn and H&R Block steal from you? Your priorities are fucked up man!

Anonymous said...

Kevin Collison with the Star attended.

Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to reading his report sometime later this week.

Anonymous said...

Fuck you Tony.

Anonymous said...

H&R Block needs to pay up.

Anonymous said...

oh, CLEARLY

Anonymous said...

it's just a meeting of lying, stealing cock suckin faggots in suits.

Hyperblogal said...

If HR Block and JE Dunn don't have to follow the rules, then why should anybody???

Anonymous said...

JE Dunn, Block or any company should be able to use any subs they want, it is called a free market -- and I am an Latino.

Anonymous said...

4:46 ftw and i'm American

Anonymous said...

To latino anon 4:46 (La Malinche). I say to all latinos - H&R Block is not the only tax company- next year use someone else. Through their actions they have insulted the entire latino community. When it comes to contracting using public funds, it makes sense to include representatives of all of the tax paying citizenry. If you don't believe this, then pass a law saying if minorities aren't going to be allowed to participate, then goddamit, don't tax them!

Anonymous said...

you can always spot anon 4:46...slack jaw from suckin and sore knees from servicing his white jefe's!

ICE can go to hell said...

Look, it's obvious this MBE/WBE initiative isn't working and is out of place in our society today. Just stop asking or trying to enforce such out dated ideas.

Anonymous said...

ICE, you're right! If H&R and JE Dunn didn't choose MBE contractors it wasn't because they are biased; it's because they weren't the best choice. Either they overbid the work or they didn't have the skills to do the job properly. It's time to get rid of this stupid requirement to add overpriced, unskilled contractors to projects just because they are minorities. They should compete based on what they can do; not based on race/ethnicity!

Anonymous said...

Light Rail Light Rail let us ride.
Get Dumn Dunn to pay for a little light rail.