James Worries Of Loss of E-Tax and City Pensions
March 30, 2016

Kansas City mayor Sly James warned that the loss of the city’s earnings tax could “ snowball and lead to a city bankruptcy.
James and other leaders says if voters do not renew the earnings tax at the April 5 election major cutback could follow.
A defeat of the e-tax would lead to its phase-out over 10 years.
The city says that could lead to more than 2,00 lay-off over the period.
The earnings tax campaign says more than 1,300 of the lay-off could be among police and firefighters.
James says the loss of the earnings tax’s $230 million dollars a year and the lay-off could jeopardize the city’s pensions.
“Because fewer people will be contributing to it. That’s the cycle that leads to bankruptcy,” James told KMBC 9 News.
The city budget shows the city pays $79.8 million dollars out each year in pension benefits for former employees.
James says the bankruptcy threat is not imminent buy it’s a possibility if the city phases out the earnings tax and the base of city employees contributing the pension funds is reduced by lay-offs.

James Hints at Tax Hike After State of State Speech
March 31, 2015

Kansas City Mayor Sly James hinted Monday at the possibility of a second term tax increase to pay for city repairs.

James was asked about the possibility following his State of the City Speech.

In the speech, the mayor in plans to deal with the backlog of needed repairs.

” I will not kick that can down the road,” he said during the speech.

Later reporters asked if that might include a request for a tax increase.
“It could, ” James said. The mayor, however would not elaborate on the plan. He said he’s not at the point yet where the plan is well developed. The Mayor said details could be several months away.

The mayor also praised the developing high technology firms coming to Kansas City.

He also noted that the combined city-county-federal crackdown on violent criminals seems to be paying off.
“2014 was a turning point for violent crime in Kansas City,” the mayor declared.

James also stated his support for expanding the role of charter schools in the City.
He said public and charter schools should stop arguing and work together to find proven ways of improving learning among inner city pupils

Mayor Sky Thinks Old West Had Tougher Gun Control Laws Than Missouri
July 31, 2014

Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Sly James said the Old Wild West would have tighter gun control laws than Missouri, if the state permits openly carrying of firearms.

James said that as he and the Kansas City Council voted to ban openly carrying guns within the city limits.

“You used to have to drop your guns off at the sheriff’s office when you got to town,” James said.

Kevin Jamsion of the Western Missouri Shooters Alliance said the Mayor has his history of the Old West wrong.

“If you read the ‘Oxford History of the American West’, you’ll see those laws were selectively enforced,’ said Jamison.

He added, “Doc Holliday had a concealed weapons permit in Tombstone because he was a friend of the marshal’s.

James says citizens openly carrying guns in Kansas City might make the work of police officers more difficult. They would have to determine if someone with a weapon on display had criminal intentions.

Jamison asked the Mayor to cite any example in Kansas City’s history of an advocate of openly carrying a weapon of doing something unsafe.

James also used the small town of lake Ozark, Missouri as an example of an outstate Missouri community that thought open carry was not fitted for that town either.

The city changed another portion of it gun law.

It re-worked laws to comply with the Missouri laws that permit an intoxicated person to have a firearm. Earlier this year, the Council refused to change its local ordinances on the matter even though the Council was told it had no choice.

The latest Kansas City Council move could place the city on the opposite side of the state’s gun laws again.

Missouri legislators may try to override Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of the open carry law lawmakers passed this session. The veto session takes place in September.

Another member of the Kansas City Council also used the comparison to the Old West.

Councilman Scott Taylor told the council of what one citizen said to him.

“That person said, I love to live in the Midwest. I just don’t want to live in the Old West. And that’s what this would be like, with people walking around with guns,” Taylor said.

Mayoral Protester Derron Black Posts YouTube Apology
March 20, 2013

(Tip O’ the Cap to Tony’s Kansas City)