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Legislation #: 180938 Introduction Date: 12/6/2018
Type: Resolution Effective Date: none
Title: Establishing the City of Kansas City’s legislative priorities and positions on matters that may come before the 116th United States Congress in 2019.

Legislation History
12/4/2018 Filed by the Clerk's office
12/6/2018 Referred to Legislative Committee
12/11/2018 Immediate Adoption as a Committee Substitute
12/13/2018 Adopted as Substituted

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Establishing the City of Kansas City’s legislative priorities and positions on matters that may come before the 116th United States Congress in 2019.


WHEREAS, the City desires to publish general statements of its priorities and positions on matters that may become the subject of or be affected by proposed federal legislation during the 116th United States Congress in 2019; NOW, THEREFORE,




Section 1. That the City adopts the following priorities and positions on matters that may come before the 116th United States Congress in 2019:


Finance and Governance


1.  Municipal Bonds. Oppose the elimination of the municipal bonds tax exemption and restore the ability to advance refund tax-exempt municipal bonds.


2.  Internet Sales Tax. Support legislation that protects the City’s ability to collect an Internet sales tax.


Infrastructure & Transportation


1.   U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Partnership Projects. Support funding and authorization requests for critical flood risk management and water resources projects with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers including:


Kansas City Levees - Support efforts to ensure congress and the administration consider the Kansas City’s Levees as a single project for funding purposes.   


Blue River Watershed – Support efforts to initiate a General Investigations study and $500,000.00 for the first year of funding.


Blue River Integrated Watershed Planning – Support 7001 request.


Little Blue River – Support 7001 request. 


2.  Continuing Authorities Program. Support robust funding of the Continuing Authorities Program (CAP) to provide the means of small flood risk management and ecosystem restoration projects to move forward under the Congressional no earmark policy. Support increased annual funding of the CAP to at least $85 million nationally to provide adequate funding for emergency streambank and shoreline protection to address bank instability at eight locations along the Blue River and allow Blue River Road to be safely reconstructed and reopened.


3.  Water Residential Assistance Program. Support the Water Residential Assistance Program (WRAP) and development of an assistance program for Water similar to LIHEAP for Energy to provide relief for low-income households.


4.  Clean Water Affordability. Support Clean Water Affordability Legislation to allow for extension of combined sewer overflow remediation timeframes, better computation of affordability, and more flexible permit requirements.


5.  Wet Weather Grant Program. Support grant programs to reduce sewer overflows and municipal storm water.


6.  Integration Planning Framework. Support legislation to allow for extension of compliance schedules for meeting water quality-based effluent limits beyond permit cycles.


7.  Water Infrastructure Financing and Innovation Act. Support the permanent authorization of the Water Infrastructure Financing and Innovation Act (WIFIA). A new financing mechanism to help meet the nation’s critical water infrastructure needs was introduced in 2014 by the Water Resources Reform and Development Act and reauthorized in the 2018 bill.


8.  Water Infrastructure Trust Fund. Support the Water Infrastructure Trust Fund to augment federal investment in the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Funds.


9.  Section 408. Support the continuance of local or non-federal sponsors to operate under defined roles per federal regulations in 33 CFR 208.10 and monitor the Water Resources Reform and Development Act and other proposed regulations that would change these defined roles.


10.  Missouri River Degradation Study. Support publishing a report documenting the study results. This is crucial to the 18 stakeholders.


11.  Missouri River Basin. Support the development of the Missouri Recovery Management Plan provided it is based on science and allows for full stakeholder input to the process while recognizing all other 8 authorized purposes and the current Master Manual, with flood control and navigation as primary purposes.


12.  Buck O’Neil Bridge. Support efforts to replace the Buck O’Neil Bridge.


13.  Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development Program. Support robust funding of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) program, formerly known as the TIGER program.


14.  Land Water Conservation Fund. Support the permanent re-authorization and full funding of the Land Water Conservation Fund.


15. Streetcar Expansion Project. Support the Federal Transit Administration application submitted by the Kansas City Streetcar Authority, Kansas City Area Transit Authority and the City of Kansas City, to secure federal funding for the Streetcar expansion project.


Neighborhoods & Healthy Communities


1.      Center for Disease Control Funding. Support increasing the Center for Disease Control’s total budget and appropriations for programs that impact local health departments or public health activities.


2.  Affordable Care Act and State Children’s Health Insurance Program Funding. Support the full funding of the Affordable Care Act and State Children’s Health Insurance Program.


3.  Early Childhood Education. Support increased funding to early learning programs including Head Start, Early Head Start and the Child Care Development Block Grant to allow assistance to an increased number of eligible children.


4.  AmeriCorps. Support increased funding for the AmeriCorps program.


5.  Environment. Encourage the Trump Administration to rescind the United States’ withdrawal from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Paris Agreement and support improving the environment and reducing carbon emissions by such means as a carbon fee and dividend program.


6.  Family & Medical Leave. Support the creation of a national paid family leave program, which will support child development, early childhood health outcomes, and families. In 2016, the City introduced a paid parental leave policy, making us among the first cities in the nation to do so and we continue to expand and improve the program to meet families’ needs.


Public Safety


1.    Urban Areas Security Initiative Funding. Support the restoration of funding from the Department of Homeland Security through the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) for the public safety agencies in our bi-state metropolitan area to maintain regional capabilities to prevent terrorism and to respond promptly and effectively to both man-made and natural disasters.


2.  Immigration Reform. Support extension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and comprehensive reform of current immigration laws to allow undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States to earn legal status and apply for citizenship.


3.  Anti-Violence Funding. Support increased anti-violence funding for grants that will assist the Kansas City No Violence Alliance and the City’s Aim4Peace Program and pursue funding for initiatives that will reduce violent crime in Kansas City.


Section 2. OTHER ORGANIZATIONS’ POSITIONS. That the City supports the legislative positions adopted by the Economic Mobility Task Force, Kansas City Consensus Agenda for Economic Development, Kansas City Health Commission, Mid-America Regional Council and South Kansas City Alliance for matters that may come before the 116th United States Congress in 2019.