With the announcement of plans for a major downtown convention hotel, some believe this puts Kansas City in line to become a major convention center. The hotel is a $300 million project on the south side of the downtown loop. It will be run by the Hyatt Corporation. Various business people are involved, including Mike Burke, a former councilman and candidate for mayor. There's been talk of a downtown hotel before, but there was always concern about unanticipated taxpayer cost as happened and is happening in the P&L District. The hotel would cost taxpayers $50 million over 25 years, along with other tax incentives. Will this really bring major conventions to town? Will taxpayers really not be on-the-hook if the hotel doesn't perform as promised? What's the effect on other downtown hotels? Are the tax breaks really necessary? Is the business community solidly behind this plan?
Saying he wants to be closer to his children and grandchildren, Kansas City School Superintendent Steve Green is moving to a superintendent post in Atlanta. Green is generally credited with bringing much needed stability to the local district and guiding it from "unaccredited" to "provisionally accredited" status. What now? Are we in for another round of controversy as the district tries to select a new leader?
With the resignation of House Speaker John Diehl, the Missouri legislative session came to an end. Diehl resigned after his relationship with a 19-year-old college freshman became public. Despite the controversial session, GOP leaders termed it a success. What were some of the Republican successes?
Tonight on #RuckusKC: Mike Burke discusses new downtown hotel. Then Woody, Mary, Gwen & Jim Heeter weigh in on hotel, KCPS Supt. & more.
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