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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

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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...

Special thanks to OUR KICK-ASS BLOG COMMUNITY of insiders. Here's a look at how local government really works to keep bad news out of the headlines.

BREAKING!!! 12TH & OAK ANNOUNCE AUDIT OF VISIT KC IN THE AFTERMATH OF THEIR REPORT ON THE DOWNTOWN HOTEL ROOM GLUT!!!

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April 28, 2019

Long a skeptic of KC's need for affordable housing, City manager Troy Schulte spoke at Wednesday's glitzy opening of the taxpayer- subsidized Arterra luxury highrise. At the event, Schulte said the incentives were needed for the luxury apartment building, because of th...

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Plan for heavily subsidized, Ultra-Luxury Hotel faces historic resistance and a major setback

October 24, 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 fo...

Strata-spheric rent: The rush is on for taxpayer- subsidized luxury office space

August 21, 2019

EDC needs to hand out tax subsidies to generate fees, then they'll attempt real economic development.

August 19, 2019

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