Thursday, May 21, 2020
COURTHOUSE INSIDER: JACKSON COUNTY EXECUTIVE FRANK WHITE TRIGGERS UPCOMING BLOWOUT BATTLE WITH LEGISLATURE OVER CARES ACT FUNDING!!!
The CARES Act volunteer advisory group created by Jackson County Exec Frank White might be one of the most devastating political miscalculations in courthouse history.
Accordingly . . .
THIS CORONAVIRUS SLAP IN THE FACE TO THE LEGISLATURE STARTS EXECUTIVE FRANK WHITE DOWN THE PATH TOWARD ANOTHER COLLISION COURSE WITH COLLEAGUES AND GRIDLOCK FOR DESPERATELY NEEDED CASH!!!
Remember, this is a battle over how to spend $123-MILLION on cities facing historic shortfalls and politicos desperate to bring relief to constituents and businesses.
Here's the insider word . . .
"The Exec couldn't have created a bigger disaster if he tried to do it on purpose. It's going to be a clusterf*ck. The legislature wants to work with him on this and actually approached Frank White's office to add a couple of their people to the group. They were immediately shut down. What's worse, look at Eastern Jack left out on the cold. There's absolutely no representation for this growing part of the county. Instead, he's crafted this KCMO-centric committee and created a situation where the Legislature is going to have to amend, block and pick apart a great deal of the upcoming spending requests."
And then, there's the problematic reemergence of former Mayor Sly James.
Here's insider word on how the return of this power player might be one of the worst political consequences of coronavirus.
"Nobody wanted Sly James to make a comeback. He lost his Pre-K push overwhelmingly and his candidate for mayor was beaten by a landslide. The voters have resoundingly rejected Sly James and now Frank White put him in a position where he once again has influence over City Hall. Exec Frank White and his team have been played horribly and every city, business and resident counting on federal stimulus relief is going to suffer for this political fight that has already started."
Developing . . .