The current budget debate in Kansas City contradicts talk of economic prosperty amid 2020 campaign season.
Here's a big picture news link to provide perspective:
Fox News: Trump's economy is so good that Dems' new talking point is Obama built it
Meanwhile in Kansas City . . .
The ambitious agenda of the new administration and some council members has been trumped by the structurally unbalanced budget. Amid an otherwise booming economy, money seems tight for progressive Kansas City initiatives at 12th & Oak. Put simply, without more tax increases there's no cash for free bus rides and desperately needed comprehensive citywide pothole repair.
And all of this begs the question:
IF KANSAS CITY SUFFERS A MONEY CRUNCH AMID THE PREZ TRUMP ECONOMIC BOOM, TOUGH TIMES ON THE HORIZON THREATEN CITY HALL'S FINANCIAL STABILITY!!!
Here's a quick glimpse at headlines and further reading that indicate this town is running out of cash:
Freebie Bus Breaks Budget
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City, Missouri, leaders on Thursday began going through a proposed $1.734 billion budget for fiscal year 2020-21. As the City Council discussed the nearly 600-page budget at a business session, much of the attention centered on a new item this year: Zero Fare Transit, which will make public buses in the city free of charge.
Elusive Pothole Fix
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- The city has unveiled how it is going to use your tax dollars in the next year. Kansas City, Missouri took in nearly $1.8 billion in revenue thanks to a boost from the city's earnings tax.
Tourism Hype Slashed
KANSAS CITY - Mayor Quinton Lucas announced plans to cut millions of dollars from the city's tourism budget to help close a $4.4 million gap due to the Loews Kansas City Hotel built near the convention center. Thursday, on the same day Mayor Lucas presented his proposed budget to the full city council, he said [...]
No Money For Art
Hide Transcript Show Transcript BIANCA: IN THE BEGINNING OF THE SUMMER THE GOAL WAS TO PICK SOMETHING THAT CONNECTS YOU TO THE CITY. AND HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT IT. BIANCA: MANY OF THE YOUTH COME TO ARTSTECH FROM FAMILY COURT, AFTER TROUBLE WITH THE LAW OR DROPPING OUT OF SCHOOL.
Entrepreneurs No Longer Supported By City Hall
A newly proposed city budget for Kansas City, Missouri, holds steady at $1.73 billion - making room for Mayor Quinton Lucas' zero-fare transit program, while appearing to scale back funding for entrepreneur support across the city. KCMO would remove $50,000 for the LaunchKC program and $75,000 for KCSourceLink, if the submitted budget is approved, according to the document released Thursday afternoon.
This isn't all bad news. Cuts from the "creative class" and tourism rebuke Mayor Sly's questionable vision for Kansas City and bring back a focus to residents and neighborhoods.
Sadly . . .
Repeated warnings about Kansas City's financial health and deficit spending have been repeatedly ignored as the budget burn rate intensifies.
Luckily, locals will soon be able to speak out on these financial conerns and hope City Hall pays attention.
Developing . . .