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Legislation #: 160840 Introduction Date: 10/27/2016
Type: Resolution Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS JAMES, JR., JUSTUS, MCMANUS, LOAR AND SHIELDS
Title: Establishing the City of Kansas City’s positions on matters that may arise during the 2017 session of the Missouri General Assembly.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
10/27/2016 Filed by the Clerk's office
10/27/2016 Referred to Legislative Committee
11/1/2016 Be Adopted as a Committee Substitute
11/3/2016 Assigned Third Read Calendar as Substituted
11/10/2016 Adopted as Substituted

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COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR RESOLUTION NO. 160840

 

Establishing the City of Kansas City’s positions on matters that may arise during the 2017 session of the Missouri General Assembly.

 

WHEREAS, the Missouri General Assembly will convene on January 4, 2017; and

 

WHEREAS, the City has engaged in a process to identify its positions on matters expected to come before the General Assembly; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section 1. CITY POSITIONS. That the City adopts the following positions on matters that may come before the 2017 session of the General Assembly, and opposes any efforts to erode local control of municipal services:

 

Finance & Governance

 

1.                  Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Support legislation to transform the current non-refundable EITC into a refundable EITC.

 

2.                  Sunshine Law.  Modify Section 610.021, RSMo, by adding a new subsection which protects individually identifiable account information from disclosure during a Sunshine Law request.

 

3.                 Short Term Stay Rentals. Support legislation that imposes reasonable regulations on short term stay rentals and seek to amend the enabling legislation for the convention and tourism tax to include short term stay rentals in order to prevent erosion of the convention and tourism tax base.

 

Economic Development

 

1.                  Kansas City Consensus Agenda for Economic Development. Support the 2017 Kansas City Consensus Agenda for Economic Development:

 

A. Support UMKC’s Downtown Campus for the Arts, exploring all funding mechanisms for the State of Missouri to match the $48 million in private support that has been raised by UMKC. (See Committee Substitute for Resolution 160839 Major Priorities)

 

B. Support $10 million of additional funding for the Missouri Technology Corporation and support Angel Investor Tax Credit legislation.

 

C. Create or amend Missouri economic development tools that help to compete with other states, focusing incentives on companies that create high paying new jobs for the region.

i. Increase the cap on Missouri BUILD projects to $5 million/year and to $10 million/year on Missouri Works.

 

ii. Remove Enhanced Enterprise Zone (EEZ) expiration date (RsMO 135.960.3) of the current 25 year expiration date. This currently leaves only thirteen years for Kansas City’s EEZ.

 

D. Support new business development incentives for science and technology based businesses to increase technical capacity, particularly in the area of entrepreneurship. Continue to support simplifying the personal property tax abatement process for technology based companies.

 

E. Support new and innovative ways to fund all modes of transportation throughout the state and region. This includes the upgrade of roads, highways, waterways, rail, public transit and air travel in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

 

F. Border War Legislation - Eliminate the expiration date on the current legislation of RSMO 135.1670.6 - “Kansas Border County” legislation that has sunset August 28, 2016; use the definition by MARC of applicable counties in the Kansas City metro on future legislation; allow discretion on the types of projects and the incentives to be excluded in the legislation.

 

G. Retain existing state economic development incentives and commitments to programs - including MODESA, historic and low income tax credits, Chapter 100 bonds, state TIFs, existing tax credits, continued state funding for the maintenance of the Truman Sports Complex and the Bartle Hall Convention Center; oppose any efforts to restrict allowing voters to decide on the renewal of the earnings tax; and other programs - that benefit Kansas City area businesses and are consistent with the Guiding Principles for Economic Development Incentive Reforms (on reverse side). Continue to protect existing programs and funding.

 

H. Oppose discriminatory legislation that will detrimentally impact Missouri economic development. (See Committee Substitute for Resolution 160839 Major Priorities)

 

2.                  Film Rebate Program. Support the allocation of funding for a statewide film rebate program.

 


 

Public Safety

 

1.                  Enhanced 9-1-1. Support legislation to authorize fees on wireless communications services and/or prepaid wireless devices to support the 9-1-1 system. The city recognizes the importance of high quality 9-1-1 system, including the ability to receive and process calls and to dispatch emergency response resources to protect and serve our residents. Any distribution of funding generated through new fees should reflect the City’s current and future expenses to further this public safety goal.

 

2.                  Driver Safety. Support legislation that addresses Mid-America Regional Council’s safe driving initiative.

 

3.                  Emergency Preparedness and Response. Support increased spending in Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Cities Readiness Initiative.

 

Public Infrastructure & Transportation

 

1. Water Bills. Maintain the current system of collection of water bills.

 

2. Amtrak. Support funding to maintain and expand passenger rail services (Amtrak) in Missouri.

 

Neighborhoods & Healthy Communities

 

1.                  Affordable Child Care. Increase eligibility for low-income, working families from 150% to 185% of the Federal Poverty Level to qualify for Missouri’s Child Care Assistance Program and maintain or improve state reimbursement rates for child care providers.

 

2.                  Early Childhood Education. Support legislation that will increase and allocate funding for early childhood education programs.

 

3.                  Liquor Control. Support the amendment of Section 311.220.3, Revised Statutes of Missouri, which allows the state to issue liquor licenses without municipality approval or knowledge that an application for a liquor license has been submitted.

 

4.                  Land Bank. Support legislation that would allow Land Bank to condemn old encumbrances on property that it owns in order to enable Land Bank to transfer clear title to its buyers.

 

5.                  Public Health. Encourage increased funding to local public health agencies, emergency preparedness and healthy housing, and support legislation that makes the allocation of funds to local health departments more fair and transparent, including the ability of Kansas City to pull down federal funds directly and increase the proportion of revenue that direct state funding.

 

Section 2. OTHER ORGANIZATIONS’ PRIORITIES. That the City supports the legislative positions adopted by the Kansas City, Missouri Health Commission, the Mid-America Regional Council, reStart and KC Consensus Economic Development Agenda for the 2017 session of the General Assembly.

 

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