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Legislation #: 160838 Introduction Date: 10/27/2016
Type: Resolution Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS JAMES, JR., JUSTUS, MCMANUS, LOAR AND SHIELDS
Title: Establishing the City’s priorities and positions on matters that may come before the 115th United States Congress, 1st Session, in 2017.

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

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RESOLUTION NO. 160838

 

Establishing the City’s priorities and positions on matters that may come before the 115th United States Congress, 1st Session, in 2017.

 

WHEREAS, the City Council established Priorities and Performance Indicators on January 10, 2013, through adoption of Resolution No. 160646; and

 

WHEREAS, the aforementioned priorities have been the Council’s guide in policymaking; and

 

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 1st Session of the 115th United States Congress in 2017, relating to said City Council priorities; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

That the City Council of Kansas City hereby adopts the positions below on matters that may come before the 115th United States Congress, 1st Session, in 2017, and opposes any efforts to erode local control of municipal services.

 

1. TRANSPORTATION & INFRASTRUCTURE

 

a.   Appropriation requests for U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Partnership Projects – Request continued Federal funding in FY 2018 for flood risk management and water resources efforts for the following projects:

 

1.   Kansas Citys Seven (7) Levees – $1,500,000.00 for Phase 1 construction; and $1,000,000.00 for Phase 2 design and construction;

 

2.  Turkey Creek Basin – $22,000,000.00 (less FY17 funding) to complete construction;

 

3.  Swope Park Industrial Area – $16,000,000.00 (less FY17 funding) to complete construction;

 

4.  Blue River Basin (Dodson) – $16,000,000.00 (less FY17 funding) to complete construction;

 

5.  Construction and Investigations Programs – Support robust federal funding of flood risk management and water resources efforts through construction and investigations accounts; and

 

6.   Continuing Authorities Program (CAP) – Support robust funding of CAP to allow small flood risk management and ecosystem restoration projects to move forward under the Congressional no earmark policy.

 

 b.   Authorization Requests for U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Partnership Projects – Request the following authorization requests be included in the next Water Resources Development Act (2016) bill:

 

1.  Kansas Citys Seven Levees – Modification to authorization to include all Levee Units of the System at total fully funded project cost of $516,000,000 or alternatively, authorization of Phase 2 at $318,500,000 as included in 2016 WRDA bill;

 

2.  Turkey Creek Basin – Modification of project costs to $152,000,000.00 as included in the 2016 WRDA bill;

 

3.   Swope Park Industrial Area – Modification of project costs to $31,000,00.00 as included in the 2016 WRDA bill; and

 

4.  Blue River Basin (Dodson) – Modification of project costs to $47,000,000.00 as included in the 2016 WRDA bill.

 

c.  Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) 2016 – Support passage of the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 that contains the following provisions:

 

1.                  Section 408 - Continuance of local or non-federal sponsors to operate under defined roles per 33 CFR 208.10 and monitor WRDA 2016 and other proposed regulations that would change these defined roles;

 

2.                  Clean Water Affordability Legislation – Extension of combined sewer overflow remediation timeframes, better computation of affordability, and more flexible permit requirements;

 

3.                  Integrated Planning Framework – Extension of compliance schedules for meeting water quality-based effluent limits beyond permit cycles;

 

4.                  Wet Weather Grant Program - Grant programs to reduce sewer overflows and municipal stormwater;

 

5.                  Water Infrastructure Financing and Innovation Act (WIFIA) – Permanently authorize WIFIA, a new financing mechanism to help meet the nation’s critical water infrastructure needs, introduced in WRRDA 2014; and

 

6.                  Water Infrastructure Trust Fund Create the Water Infrastructure Trust Fund, funded by a voluntary consumer goods labeling system to augment federal investment in the Clean Water & Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Funds.

 

d. Bannister Federal ComplexSupport the passage of federal funding to demolish the vacant Bannister Federal Complex, safely clean up the buildings and ground contamination, and transfer the site to a private developer to redevelop the 300-acre site primarily for industrial use, with the possibility of commercial use outside of the flood wall in the southwest corner at Bannister and Troost.

 

 2. NEIGHBORHOODS & HEALTHY COMMUNITIES

 

a.  Federal Block Grants for Prevention – Continue support for Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant program to address and help prevent disparities in infant mortality and increase funding for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs (such as the Nurse Family Partnership Program) and the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant program to respond to specific public health needs and challenges locally and across the nation.

 

b. Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) – Support the reauthorization with full and permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund with direction of 40% of all LWCF to the State Assistance Fund Program.

 

c. Community Park Revitalization Act – Support passage of the Community Park Revitalization Act.

 

d.                  Housing and Urban Development programs - Increase funding for Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs that are geared towards low-income residents such as Housing Choice Vouchers, Project Based Rental Assistance, Section 202 Housing for the Elderly, Homeless Assistance Grants, Ryan White HOPWA and Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction and other programs that are critical in stabilizing neighborhoods and providing safe, healthy living conditions; and support regulations that incorporate more flexibility in defining affordability at the local level to recognize variations in housing costs across geographies and over time.

 

e. Earned Income Tax Credits - Support legislation at the federal level to expand the reach of the EITC among low-income working adults, particularly childless adults under the age of 25.

 

3. PUBLIC SAFETY

 

a. Emergency Preparedness and Response. – Support the restoration of funding through the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) for public safety agencies in the Kansas City metropolitan area to maintain regional capabilities to prevent terrorism and to respond promptly and effectively to both man-made and natural disasters.

 

4. FINANCE & GOVERNANCE

 

a.  Tax Free Municipal Bonds – Oppose changes to the deductibility for tax-free municipal bonds.

 

b.  USDESA – Support the proposed United States Downtown Economic Stimulus Act which is designed to provide economic incentives to stimulate community development in America’s economically distressed central cities and towns.

 

c. Marketplace Fairness Act and Remote Transaction Parity Act – Support the Marketplace Fairness Act and Remote Transaction Parity Act which will ensure equitable collection of sales tax and not disadvantage our small businesses in Kansas City.

 

d. Consumer Financial Choice and Capital Markets Production Act – Support the Consumer Financial Choice and Capital Markets Production Act which will preserve communities’ access to capital and promote economic development by permitting money market funds to operate on a stable net asset value basis if it follows certain requirements and restrictions.

 

 5. OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

 

a.                   Other Organizations’ Priorities – Support the legislative priorities of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Mid-America Regional Council, the Kansas City Health Commission, and reStart for the 115th U.S. Congress, 1st session, in 2017.

 

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