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 . . .
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 . . .