It shouldn’t be surprising that immigrants are less prone to crime than natives. People who leave their country in pursuit of opportunity tend to be uniquely hardworking and ambitious — traits that we do not associate with violent criminals or thieves.
For every single dollar invested in prevention, our community would save $11 in future treatment costs. We are further assured by the legal requirement dictating that all funds from the tax be spent on residents in Clay County.
The U.S. Senate’s recently unveiled health care legislation, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, does not live up to its name. The sweeping, unprecedented cuts to Medicaid included in the bill would fundamentally change the way the program works and would leave children and families worse off in Kansas and across the country.
Gov. Eric Greitens recently vetoed a bill that would have provided a mechanism to fund half of a $96 million UMKC music and dance conservatory downtown. UMKC will look for other funds, but it’s up to the University of Missouri System and the governor to make sure the alternate plan they propose doesn’t impose unreasonable financial stress on the campus.
Mayor Sly James’ pledge to abide by the terms of the Paris climate accord here in Kansas City is heartening. It’s yet another example of what Kansas Citians have known for a long time: You can improve both the environment and the city’s bottom line.