Tuesday, May 05, 2020
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! JACKSON COUNTY EXEC FRANK WHITE CONFRONTS INCREASING REBUKE OVER HOARDING FEDERAL 'CARES ACT' CORONAVIRUS STIMULUS!!!
Jackson County has been awarded $123 MILLION worth of federal stimulus but KCMO has yet to receive any help.
Even worse, other cities in Jackson County have also failed to receive any significant assistance.
Without support, KCMO has little ability to significantly increase funding to first responders.
The byzantine intricacies of the "Cares Act" and the current holding pattern might be fun for "journalists" to discuss BUT reality on the ground level is far more dire both politically and from a public health perspective.
To wit . . .
INSIDERS WARN THAT JACKSON COUNTY HOLDING ONTO FEDERAL STIMULUS IS A SLAP IN THE FACE TO BOTH POLICE & FIRE ALONG WITH EVERY OTHER FRONTLINE WORKER IN KANSAS CITY!!!
Here's the insider word . . .
"The arrogant County Executive is picking the wrong place to make a power play. Shutting out Kansas City means hanging Police & Fire out to dry. People are going to remember that come election time. What's worse: These front line workers need support to make sure they're properly equipped and right now they're not getting it from the Courthouse. This decision is literally risking lives of the people we rely on most and diminishing the standard of care in KCMO."
Behind the scenes, the political outcry is reaching a crescendo.
The Mayor's office, Council and the Jackson County Legislature are all prepping to speak out against Exec Frank White's federal funding hold up on broadcast TV given that carefully placed stories in The Star have proven ineffective.
Exec Frank White already has a long list of political adversaries but newfound frustration among the Civic Council & The Chamber might give him a moment of pause as his reelection chances and political viability now encounter increasing opposition from local power players.
Developing . . .