Saturday, January 27, 2018
TKC EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! CORRUPT ROCK ISLAND CORRIDOR AT RISK AFTER FORMER JACKSON COUNTY EXECUTIVE MIKE SANDERS PLEADS GUILTY TO WIRE FRAUD!!!
The guilty plea of Mike Sanders endangers a controversial Kansas City rail transit development program that he championed during his corrupt tenure as County Executive and then as a consultant after he resigned from office under curious circumstances.
To wit . . .
BEHIND THE SCENES MISSOURI STATEWIDE REPUBLICAN OFFICIALS THREATEN THE FUTURE OF ROCK ISLAND CORRIDOR PLANS NOW THAT THE FORMER DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHAMPION OF THIS EFFORT HAS BEEN DISGRACED!!!
More than any other public official, Mike Sanders pushed the Rock Island Corridor as part of a transit vision for Eastern Jackson County and earned support from gullible urban planners.
In fact, even after leaving office under suspicious circumstances, Mike Sanders continued to earn cash from Jackson County to work on the Rock Island Corridor.
Sanders was awarded a $60,000 contract to continue working for the county and that contract has been renewed time and time again.
The price tag keeps growing from there . . .
Jackson County and the KCATA contracted with Union Pacific to pay $52 million for the Rock Island Rail Corridor, the cost increased to $84-million over time because the county is issuing 30-year debt to finance the transaction.
The kicker . . .
THE ROCK ISLAND CORRIDOR HAS SERVED AS NOTHING MORE THAN A POLITICAL SLUSH FUND WITH VERY LITTLE DEVELOPMENT OR PROGRESS BESIDES PRESS RELEASES!!! MEANWHILE TAXPAYER CASH IS CONTINUALLY FUNNELED TO THIS SCHEME!!!
From our vantage . . .
The corruption of Mike Sanders and his wire fraud guilty plea has implications for current policies at Jackson County that cost taxpayers MILLIONS with little benefit.
Mike Sanders was the political architect of Rock Island Corridor and his disgrace merits an examination of his pet project which many suspect only served as questionable political patronage.
Before the guilty plea, crooked local media and allies strained to tacitly back this sketchy deal and now, if these politicos have one shred of decency they will join forces with skeptics to encourage a full examination and accounting of the its questionable merits and lackluster progress.
Sadly, KC rail transit boosters are content to downplay the role of Mike Sanders in order to keep the cash flowing and Missouri statewide Republican officials are now the only hope of offering checks and balances to this runaway train and its vaporware promises that have been unfulfilled for years.
While the rest of the local media is navel gazing with silly personal essays offering Mike Sanders reflections or simply recycling our FIRST NEWS -- The denizens of the TKC blog community support an examination into the IMPACT OF MIKE SANDERS CORRUPTION THAT MUST BE WEEDED OUT and start with a reality check for the Rock Island Corridor.
Developing . . .