Thursday, May 18, 2017
HAS MAYOR SLY BETRAYED 'NICE GUY' IMAGE WITH CORRUPT BURNS & MAC NO-BID NEW KANSAS CITY AIRPORT SCHEME?!?
Kansas City will fight about a proposed plan for a new airport today but most of the arguments will overlook at critical component that has dominated the local discourse for more than half a decade: The highly touted charm and charisma of Mayor Sly James employed to sell a litany of taxes and questionable public projects now pushing the biggest local gamble of all time.
Today that image persona might finally confront real questions from the public.
MAYOR SLY SELLING A NO-BID SWEETHEART DEAL FOR LONGTIME CORPORATE PATRONS IS THE MOST CORRUPT ENDEAVOR UNDERTAKEN IN KANSAS CITY HISTORY!!!
Nice guy or not, forgive the optimism but, Kansas City voters and residents aren't stupid.
The merits of the new airport scheme and criticism of MCI in its current configuration will be the focus of the discussion but the more important fact is that even Mayor Sly's most strident allies must admit that this NO-BID KANSAS CITY $2.5 BILLION CORRUPTION IS INDEFENSIBLE and a sign of corporate welfare graft at its worst.
The deets of the "private financing" seem like they're written on a cocktail napkin and in the end, as always, Kansas City cash will end up paying for this disaster in the making . . . As always.
Also, the designs for the new airport have all been disappointing so far and selling this project that Kansas City will own but not manage is a sketchy proposition at best.
Still, this is debate isn't about the merits of the new airport vs. fixing something that locals already like and depend upon . . . The struggle is obvious for locals who have even a modicum of understanding about local politics:
CAN MAYOR SLY MAINTAIN HIS GOOD GUY IMAGE WHILE SELLING THIS SHADY NO-BID NEW AIRPORT PLAN???
You decide . . .
Check the links . . .
Kansas City carries $2.6 billion in debt. That's $5,500 per resident - KC Biz Journal: Why a KCI plan that looks bad to some looks so good to City Hall
KCUR: Concerns Remain Despite Latest Plan For Single Terminal At KCI
KSHB: City leader advises caution with KCI proposal
NPR: Kansas City Leaders Want To Make Sure New KCI Plan Is The Right Deal — But Time Is Short
Developing . . .