Monday, July 09, 2018

Mayor Sly Pitches KCMO Pre-K Sales Tax



A pricey proposition that offers an abstract "benefit" to so many locals who don't have youngsters. Here's the pitch:

Blog Of Mayor Sly James: Pre-K: Investing in Tomorrow’s Leaders

Money line:

In order to keep moving in the right direction, we have to do more to make sure every child shows up ready to learn on their first day of kindergarten. That’s why I’m supporting this community-led effort to invest in high-quality pre-K for all four- and five-year-olds in Kansas City.

It works like this: The city will collect a ⅜ cent sales tax on purchases made within our city limits. That will generate approximately $30 million each year that will be used to help all families afford high-quality pre-K instruction as well as to invest in pre-K programs to ensure that as many as possible are high quality.

Every Kansas City, Missouri, family with a four- or five-year-old will be eligible for a discount on pre-K tuition the year before the child begins kindergarten, but the amount of the discount will depend on their income and the quality of the pre-K program.

At a time when 50% of children enter the public schools in Kansas City behind both academically and emotionally, high-quality pre-K is a proven way to ensure that students start school ready to learn. We know that 40% of zip codes throughout the city – North, South, East, West – have a shortage of affordable, high-quality pre-K opportunities. I simply can’t walk away from City Hall a year from now knowing that so many children and families are not being served and not try to do something about it now.

To be clear, this is not a program that only benefits families with four- and five-year-olds. When we invest in pre-K, the entire city benefits . . .

You decide . . .

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Scholars" is the term.

Anonymous said...

If your gonna charge for it what’s the tax for?

Anonymous said...

Glad I live on my grandaddy's farm in Possum Farts and dont have to worry about the killa city taxing me to death.

Anonymous said...

Same guy who said we don't have talent here and need to import it when pitching the failed streetcar extension back in 2014.

Anonymous said...

“A little you and a whole bunch for me” Bwahahahaha! Said sLIE in a closed door meeting.

If they can’t read, write or do rithmatic in high school how will pre-K help?

How come they aren’t charging for grade school and high school? Why charge for pre-K?

100% scam, 30 million a year for pre-K, that’s a damn lie.


Anonymous said...

Yes, you are fortunate. Here in Diversity City, we have a mayor who manages to be both highly corrupt and laughably incompetent at the same time.

Anonymous said...


I just think it's so funny that all Sly or any other democrat has to say is....I support this, and they don't dare think for themselves they just do what their told.


Hey democrats Sly says go jump in the river and dive for snipes.

Tracy Thomas said...

This can be Lame Duck Sly James' campaign platform on the Socialist Party ticket when he runs for SCHOOL BOARD.
He can pass a petition to put the tax on the ballot THEN.
Assuming he stays in KC.

Another 3/8ths of a cent tax? Just for that?
Didn't they just run out of money on the 123GO bond for the new dog shelter?

Doesn't look promising that Claire McCaskill will bring him to DC as a staffer for her.

Anonymous said...

And who is gonna be held accountable for this tax? The School Board already mismanages a 260 million dollar budget.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I didn’t realise this was about Shawnee Miision School.

Anonymous said...

Fix the K - 12 problem and pre K will take care of itself.

Anonymous said...

This is just another rip-off and another slush fund in the making. Voters should reject it.

Anonymous said...

Monkey's
Lacks
Kindergarten

Anonymous said...

This is yet another tax on the poor and middle class brought to you by Sly James.

Anonymous said...

Slie just trying to create another slush fund of taxpayer's money which he can funnel to the developers.
Expensive day care centers are cheaper than this and do a better job.
What a scam.

Anonymous said...

Yet another tax on the poor and middle class brought to you by Sly James.

Anonymous said...

If you have children and do not participate you will be fined $1000 per child similar to the way Obamacare was enacted.

Anonymous said...

Will just allow Welfare mothers to shorten their turn around time between benefit bundles.