Friday, January 18, 2019

It's Important That Lame Duck Mayor Sly's Kansas City Pre-K Tax Push Is Defeated



Just weeks before he's out of office, the Mayor wants to leave another "legacy" which is nothing more than one last addition to more than a dozen times he has worked to raise taxes in the past 8 years.

The pitch . . .

Let's Talk About Pre-K: A Town Hall with Mayor Sly James

The agenda . . .

"We’ll talk about the plan and you’ll have an opportunity to ask your questions about the plan. Read more about the KC Pre-K Plan at www.kcmayor.org/pre-k"

The basics . . .

The KC pre-K PROGRAM

The KC Pre-K Program Implementation Plan is based on best practices from 10 U.S. cities and five years of intensive local planning.The plan roadmaps the KCMO pre-K landscape, program goals, strategies, guidelines, action steps and timeline to strategically expand access to high-quality pre-K for all KCMO families.

THE PROBLEM: The demand for high-quality pre-K exceeds the city’s current capacity to supply pre-K for its four-year-olds. Currently, only 34 percent of KCMO four-year-olds are enrolled in a high-quality pre-K program. Additionally,issues of pre-K affordability and accessibility remain two of the greatest inherent barriers facing KCMO parents.

VALUE CHALLENGES: Racial and Socioeconomic Equity, High Quality, Accessibility and Affordability

THE SOLUTION: Fund high-quality pre-K for all KCMO children with an estimated investment of $30 million a year through an economic development sales tax paid by residents of and visitors to Kansas City, Missouri . . .
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Fact check . . .

KANSAS CITY EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY LEADERS OPPOSE THIS EFFORT!!! THE MEETUP IS A FINAL PUSH FOR THE MAYOR TO DEFEAT HIS CONSTANT URBAN CORE CRITICS!!!

This is a fight worth having inasmuch as there might be some real debate between the mayor's supporters and education leaders. And just to further confuse the issue . . .

Don't forget that KCPS wants a bigger property tax rather than this piecemeal gesture.

And so this debate isn't really about funding as much as it's yet another local power struggle to control purse strings for funds supplied by the shrinking Kansas City middle-class tax base.

Developing . . .

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

more taxes aren't going to help the problems he's talking about. All they're going to do is create bigger bills and rising costs for the people who can afford it least.

it's math and Sly refuses to learn and sets a bad example for students.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, great idea, throw more tax money at cultural problems that are encouraged by the government officials who help create the problems to begin with.

Democrat cities, run by minorities have one and one solution only, gimme more cash and I will go buy an Escalade to make you feel better.

Anonymous said...


Democrats have always been about tax and more tax but the democrats in democratic run cities will never learn they will just keep voting them in until their city is nothing more than a sewer kinda like KC is becoming. It's really laughable.

Suck it up KC along with your quack quack mayor with his cardboard sign in the window of his escalade. idiots.

Anonymous said...

Enrolling your fatherless, welfare supported, teen mother spawn into another tax payer funded failure like this isn’t going to fix the problems of inner city black youth.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't the KCPSD already have a Pre-K program?
They certainly have received a large amount of Federal and State funding specifically for one over the past several years. If they do not have such a program, where has that money gone?

All of the other Metro Districts have this program, why doesn't KCPSD?

Anonymous said...

Pre-K prepares some children better for kindergarten, but has not been shown to have any lasting effect after that. In other words, there are no empirically determinable behavior or educational differences between kids who have had Pre-K and kids who have not had Pre-K.

Anonymous said...

Rather than tax the citizens how about lawyers, developers and projects receiving TIF money fund the pre K program.

Anonymous said...

LET'S TALK ABOUT THE LEAK FROM YOUR WALLET

Mayor James wants to forcibly take more of your money for a program that temporarily benefits a small minority of non-taxpayers, and has no lasting long-term benefits.

Hasn't Sylvester done enough damage to your finances already?

Anonymous said...

Lame Duck definition from the dictionary: an official (especially the president) in the final period of office, after the election of a successor.

The successor has not been elected. He is not a lame duck yet

Hyperblogal said...

No new taxes until city government learns to spend what they already have wisely. They're awesome at piling up debt, not so good with prudent use of funds.

Anonymous said...

They’re going to get a better start on their illiteracy and get free breakfast and lunch.

Anonymous said...

How about we just call him a lying lard ass soon-to-be lame duck?