More than any other document, the Kansas City budget offers a glimpse into civic priorities and how our elected leaders plan the future of this community.
Accordingly, and as always, we share KICK-ASS INSIDER word first . . .
"Another win for Local 42. Who’s in their pocket? Crime is sky high, fire suppression is down, but this is how the funds get divided. And no one in Human Resources or the Council has the guts to stand up."
An important note . . .
When we talk about the budget, Kansas City elected leaders often deflect criticism and cite "public safety" funding without getting into specifics.
What this note does is offer a glimpse inside the process and reveals a great deal of taxpayer cash funding pensions, overtime and tech.
Moreover . . .
12TH & OAK BUDGETING DECLARES HIRING FREEZE FOR COPS AFTER DEADLIEST YEAR IN KANSAS CITY HISTORY!!!
We understand that the pandemic requires sacrifice from everyone but this decision simply ignores reality on local streets and endangers everyone in this community.
And let's be real, rank & file firefighters deserve EVERY PENNY they earn because we know they're risking their lives. As far as this blog is concerned we don't want to take away anything from KCFD. Instead, we contend that even in the midst of the COVID crisis, the budget remains packed with frivolous garbage like entertainment district funding & the hiring of a KCMO equity officer. Before trimming any sort of public safety, hacking away at corporate welfare and political patronage deserves more consideration.
The argument here is with decisions at the top of the food chain -- The reality is that the current administration has been out on local streets protesting police and they've signed on to documents that threaten to eviscerate local law enforcement, undo checks & balances and bring the department under activist control.
In the end, this budget doesn't reflect policy, it's nothing more than politics pure & simple.
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