Wednesday, December 13, 2017
SHOCK!!! COMBAT ANTI-VIOLENCE PROGRAM STRIPPED AWAY FROM EXEC FRANK WHITE AS LEGISLATURE PREPARES TO OVERRIDE BUDGET VETO!!!
It has been a hard candy holiday season for Jackson County Executive Frank White as the Legislature has now unified against him and effectively made him powerless.
To wit . . .
COMBAT STRIPPED AWAY FROM THE COUNTY EXEC IS A SLAP IN THE FACE FROM WHICH FRANK WHITE'S POLITICAL CAREER MIGHT NEVER RECOVER!!!
Yes, there are pleasantries about the origins of the program but ultimately this was a debate wherein the Exec White was resoundingly defeated.
Earlier this year our blog community reported the behind the scenes deets of the staffing drama and the argument over a new director for the program.
In the ensuing fight, blocked appointments and failed behind the scenes negotiations thwarted the Exec and his staff.
But it gets worse . . .
TKC BREAKING NEWS: TODAY THE LEGISLATURE AGREED TO OPPOSE EXEC WHITE ON THE BUDGET!!!
Here's background on that hot mess dutifully previewed by The Examiner . . .
"White proposed a $314.81 million budget in mid-November, but legislators have raised concerns about moving around money for the Sheriff’s Office, reduced funding for outside agencies and where the money is coming from to raise the pay of jail guards. Legislators also have spoken in favor of retaining the Constructing Futures program to help homeless families, a program that White’s budget appears to have zeroed out.
"Also on Monday, legislators voted to move the county’s anti-drug and anti-violence program, Combat, into the prosecutor’s office and out of White’s office. As county executive he would still appoint the members of the Combat board, but County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker would be responsible for running the $22-million-a-year program."
Again, we previewed this fight back in November and Courthouse Insiders were proven completely correct in their analysis of the December budget impasse.
And so . . .
Jackson County Executive Frank White now confronts a holiday season in which his authority is severely limited, he is at odds with a legislature unified against him and approaching an upcoming election where his baseball legend is overshadowed by overwhelming opposition during his first year in office.
Developing . . .