Tuesday, August 08, 2017
TKC EXCLUSIVE: TUESDAY KANSAS CITY VOTING PERSPECTIVE CLEARINGHOUSE!!!
Today let's start the morning with a Smörgåsbord of saucy opinions and juicy information that represents a greater collection of perspectives than any other local news outlet is willing to publish. Natch.
To wit and because this blog almost never makes any endorsements but instead serves as the most gully alternative info resource KCMO has ever witnessed . . .
CHECK TOP RANKING ELECTION OPINION TO INFORM THE 12% OF REGISTERED KANSAS CITY WHO WILL BOTHER TO GO VOTE TODAY!!!
First and foremost and given that Missouri voters must show ID this time around . . .
Our pal Tracy offers a delightfully nihilistic take on today's vote from the comfort of JoCo. . .
Similarly . . .
Toy Train enthusiast David Johnson claims part of this vote is unconstitutional . . .
Meanwhile . . .
Dead-Tree Media pretends that it's still the 90s and published a ballot . . .
Now, here's the vote according to tax fighters . . .
Citizens For Responsible Government Ballot Recommendations
CFRG is advocating a position on two of the three ballot questions on the August 8th ballot next Tuesday . . .
VOTE YES ON QUESTION #1 - Streetcar System Extension – Elections Required
Question #1 is extremely important to the future of our city. KCMO VOTERS have told the City EIGHT times in EIGHT different elections that we do not want a streetcar, yet the city and its streetcar advocates continue to push gerrymandered voting districts with mail in ballots in order to get the streetcar line extended. Millions of dollars have been diverted from the KCATA’s bus lines to
finance the streetcar. Buses actually serve the poor. Streetcars serve very few people yet they cost far more than busses. This is our opportunity to get an ordinance passed that states the streetcar cannot be expanded without a CITY WIDE VOTE! That is the way it should be.
When the streetcar was built downtown, the city moved water, sewer, gas and electric lines from under the tracks. The entire city population was made to pay the increased water, sewer, gas and electric bills for the work done to bury the streetcar lines. If the whole City has to pay, the whole City should vote.
VOTE NO ON QUESTION #2 - QUESTION NO. 2 Streetcar System Extension – Two Sales Taxes Increases
CFRG believes the good folks in Kansas City are already taxed enough. Adding an additional regressive sales tax onto groceries, medications and other necessities to finance an outmoded, slow, cumbersome mode of transportation that only services the privileged few is a very bad idea.
In addition, CFRG believes the language in Question #2 is very ambiguous and will end up giving the City a blank check to use these funds for almost anything they want (bridges, infrastructure, etc.), not necessarily the rail system as planned. This money could be used to expand the existing streetcar program! Read the language! It’s poorly written and too ambiguous.
QUESTION NO. 3
Question #3 is a question on the minimum wage and while the CFRG partners believe people are entitled to a fair, living wage, we do not have a consensus on this issue as presented. Many believe the State of Missouri controls the minimum wage, not the City and if the State law is wrong, it should be changed. We cannot make a recommendation at this time…
If you would like to view the entire ballot, click on the link or visit the KCEB.org website for complete details. Please get out and VOTE!
You decide . . .