Today the streetcar tricked local media into reporting a funding promise that hasn't yet been realized and confronts tense budget talks amid COVID-19 stimulus debate.
Let's keep it simple . . .
THE STREETCAR WANTS TO SECURE KANSAS CITY CASH BASED ON A FLIMSY TRANSIT RECOMMENDATION THAT HAS NOT YET BEEN APPROVED!!!!
Sure, we know that streetcar cheerleaders are some of the most brilliant minds in Kansas City but it's doubtful they can predict how Congress & The Prez will negotiate a budget deal during COVID stimulus talks and continued debate over the election.
A line from the ordinance that this "news" hopes to pass . . . "The City has developed a financial plan using a combination of local, state, and Federal funds to finance the costs of the Project and, in accordance with its plan, has requested Federal financial assistance."
Check today's MSM links . . .
Translation . . .
AN ORDINANCE BEFORE COUNCIL LOCKS KANSAS CITY TAXPAYERS INTO BUILDING THE STREETCAR EXTENSION WITH OUR WITHOUT FEDERAL FUNDING!!!
It's a neat trick but it's not news . . . It's propaganda and hype.
Moreover . . .
IF MAYOR & COUNCIL ACTUALLY CARED ABOUT THE BUDGET & LOOMING BANKRUPTCY THEY'D DELAY ANY COMMITMENT UNTIL AFTER FEDERAL FUNDS ARE SECURED!!!
We don't expect that to happen.
The streetcar and it extension were passed without a citywide vote and moved forward by sketchy mail-in ballot inside a gerrymandered district carved out to avoid opposition.
The streetcar is one of the most corrupt construction projects Kansas City voters have ever witnessed and now proponents of the extension hope to secure taxpayer cash that should be spent providing pandemic relief.
This could be one of the most brazen moves in local history given that Mayor & Council will likely commit to funding an unproven tourism scheme during an unprecedented American crisis and whilst working to shut down local biz who don't comply with contested curfew orders.
Developing . . .