Despite outward appearances, there is actually a plan in place at City Hall. Sadly, most municipal government schemes focus on more efficiently transferring cash and power from residents to politicos . . . Usually by way of way of higher taxes.
And so, whilst we would all like to believe that politicos care about human dignity, equality, justice and other campaign season buzzwords . . . Politics is mostly about moving around other people's money. But that's enough barrio philosophy for now . . . If only because the goals of 12th & Oak are slightly more interesting and laid out for us in a document that has been heretofore unnoticed.
To wit . . .
Here's how KCMO is planning to start the new year . . . Mostly by making sure tax revenue is secure. Checkit:
RESOLUTION NO. 200780
Establishing the City of Kansas City’s legislative major priorities and positions on matters for the 2021 session of the Missouri General Assembly.
WHEREAS, the Missouri General Assembly will convene on January 6, 2021; and
WHEREAS, the City has engaged in a process to identify its major priorities and positions for the General Assembly; NOW, THEREFORE,
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:
Section 1. MAJOR PRIORITIES. That the City adopts the following major priorities on matters that may come before the 2021 session of the Missouri General Assembly:
1. Earnings Tax. Oppose any effort to undermine the Earnings Tax and support the extension of the Earnings Tax renewal period to strengthen the City’s bond rating.
2. Public Safety. Support legislation that addresses violent crime prevention efforts and support legislation that addresses our regional jail and corrections needs.
3. Affordable Housing. Re-establish support for low income housing tax credits and enhance support for programs that incentivize the production and preservation of affordable housing units.
4. Medicaid Transformation. Support expansion and reform of the Missouri HealthNet (Medicaid) program to increase health care coverage for the region’s most vulnerable populations and reduce costs of uncompensated emergency care to hospital and safety net providers.
5. Transportation Funding. Support efforts to raise new revenues and allow state funding to address all current and future transportation needs, including the provision of zero-fare transit and expanded bus service so KCATA can better serve Kansas City’s workforce and employers.
6. Preemption. Oppose any efforts to undermine local control for Kansas City, including any new state requirement or state budget decision that does not include adequate state funding.
7. Economic Development Incentives. Support existing state economic development tools.
8. Workforce Development and Education. Increase state investments in local degree and credential granting institutions and training programs that prepare Missouri workers for high-demand, high wage jobs.
9. Expanding Access to Democracy. Support legislation which allows for early voting and same day voter registration.
10. Buck O’Neil Bridge. Support state funding for the Buck O’Neil Bridge and oppose any reduction in the state’s funding commitment.
11. Discriminatory Laws. Oppose legislation that would be reasonably viewed as discriminatory toward any citizen of the State of Missouri and harmful to its economy and support legislative efforts to provide additional protections under the Missouri Human Rights Act, such as the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA), to prohibit discrimination in employment and housing.
12. Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. Support legislation to create a strong statewide prescription drug monitoring program that will effectively function with county and local efforts.
13. Promoting Tax Uniformity in the Accommodation Industry. Support amending Missouri Revised Statutes Sections 92.325, 92.327 and 92.331 to ensure residential dwelling rentals are subject to the same tax obligations as similarly situated accommodation providers.
14. Sales and Use Tax Parity (e-commerce). In the wake of South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc., Chapter 144 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri should be amended to ensure that Missouri eliminates the disparity in tax rates (both sale and use; local and state) collected by in-state local businesses and out-of-state sellers, specifically ensuring the collection of tax on internet purchases, without a rollback of existing tax rates.
15. Sales Tax Cap. The city opposes any efforts to enact sales tax cap legislation, especially any legislation that puts the city in competition with other jurisdictions in a race to the ballot box.
16. Receiverships for Vacant Property. Support amending Missouri Revised Statutes Section 82.1026 to provide that the receivership remedy applies to vacant nuisance properties.
17. Medical Marijuana. Support state legislation that creates an equitable licensing program designed to increase ownership participation among communities that have historically been negatively impacted by the war on drugs and that includes a scoring bonus of ten percent for minority and women's business enterprise applicants. ##################
Did ya make it this far???
Good for you!
Now we'd like to remind our more progressive readers of an incontinent fact . . .
DESPITE PROMISES TO BLACK LIVES MATTER PROTESTERS, LOCAL CONTROL OF KANSAS CITY POLICE FAILED TO MAKE THE FIRST DRAFT OF THE 2021 AGENDA!!!
This is probably for the best . . .
And so, people who actually know how local government works will review this list and realize that it's mostly a cynical taxpayer money grab focused on a desperate search for revenue amid the coronavirus recession.
Still, it's easy to get distracted by "social justice" posturing that is NEVER a higher priority than making sure City Hall gets paid.
Developing . . .