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February 14, 2020

The League of Women Voters of Kansas City is a nonpartisan organization making democracy work in Kansas City and the Cities in Jackson, Cass, Clay and Platte Counties, Missouri.

Please visit their website to get more information- http://www.lwvkc.org/


February 14, 2020

The convention hotel deal was pure City Hall. Sly James claimed the incentive package and the subsequent $325 million hotel as a major milestone. Costs from the complex TIF and LCRA deal by development attorneys and City Hall to get the Loews Kansas City Hotel built ha...

October 24, 2019

Is the era of entitlement for massive luxury subsidies over in KC?  We hope so. But with so many flaws, this project makes a poor litmus test. Regardless, we hope the decision sends a strong signal to big developers and their legions of lawyers: Kansas Citians are look...

August 21, 2019

Comment by Nathan Duvall:  The article fails to note that the proposed project requires the city to guarantee the debt.  If the finances don't work for any reason Taxpayers are on the hook, as they already are for the adjacent  Power and Light entertainment district, w...

August 19, 2019

Comment: The EDC is using words like like equity and inclusion. We are skeptical about what these words mean to some of KC's most priviliged. You should be skeptical too. This agency is built to divert and abate funds for education of low-income children for "projects"...

Developers of a proposed $63 million luxury hotel were given an additional extension by a Kansas City incentive-granting body on

Wednesday.   The Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Commission of Kansas City voted to delay the measure after the developer’s attorney requested...

Kansas City has long been a prime example of state tax incentives gone awry — the question now is if Kansas and Missouri can change the dynamic with a new agreement.  “Corporate welfare. It's a race to the bottom. It's wasteful spending. All of those really are true,"...

July 24, 2019


KC Star: Developers are asking for a 95 percent tax exemption for the redevelopment of City Center Square. The

efforts to update the downtown structure, which will be rebranded the Lightwell Bui...

July 5, 2019

Developers of Strata, the speculative office tower proposed for Cordish's P&L district, said downtown lacks "Class A" office space. They got the preliminary nod from Council members McManus, Justus, Barnes and Wagner. The Council members' move would commit taxpayers to...

May 25, 2019

KC's now-infamous economic development study had to politically protect subsidies against interference by “citizen petitioners.” That email directive from a TIF insider was passed among officials to those doing the study.

The KC Chamber of Commerce then used the study a...

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