Tell Somebody
A weekly public affairs program on KKFI-FM 90.1, Kansas City community radio.
Gershon Baskin on Palestinian-Israeli Peace

On Saturday, February 9, 2013, Gershon Baskin spoke at Avila University in Kansas City, MO at an event billed "Peace in the Midst of Conflict."

Gershon Baskin, PhD, is the founder of IPCRI, the Israel Palestine Center for Research and Information, the only joint Israeli-Palestinian think-tank in the world. It is devoted to developing practical solutions for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (http://www.ipcri.org).

Baskin was featured on the February 19 edition of Tell Somebody with excerpts from his speech and an interview.

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Bob McChesney on the Need to Support Independent Media

Professor Robert McChesney  returned to Tell Somebody for the February 12, 2013 edition to talk about the vital importance of independent media and the urgent need to support it.

Robert McChesney is co-founder and former president of Free Press, the national non-partisan media reform group that organized opposition to the Federal Communication Commission's decision to relax media ownership rules in 2003. He is the author of many books, and is the Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana..

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City Manager Schulte Reneges on Transit Funding Obligation

For a very long time, Kansas City has had a ½ cent sales tax, called the Public Mass Transportation Fund, used primarily to fund the city bus system.  Because that was not enough for the bus system, in 2003 the citizens of Kansas City voted for an additional 3/8 cent sales tax dedicated for the Kansas City Area Transit Authority, the idea being that this would augment the 95% of the existing ½ cent tax being used to fund the KCATA. But the city began drawing off some of the ½ cent tax to other projects, in effect nullifying much of the 3/8 cent tax.

In December 2010, the Kansas City City Council passed ordinance 100951 “directing the City Manager to incrementally increase current appropriations to Kansas City Area Transit Authority beginning May 1, 2010” and amending the City Code of Ordinances such that “at least ninety-five percent of the remaining sales tax for transportation…shall, by May 1, 2014, be appropriated and paid by the City to the Kansas City Area Transit Authority” and stating that “the City Manager is directed to increase the current appropriation to 95% beginning with the budget taking effect on May 1, 2011.”  (emphasis added)

City Manager Schulte and the council ignored this ordinance in 2011 and 2012, and Schulte ignored it yet again in his proposed 2013 budget.  Since this show was recorded, the KC Star reports that $2 million will be peeled off to support the short line downtown streetcar.  As to ordinance 100951 that he has already ignored for a third year now, Schulte was quoted as saying “That ordinance was adopted before the streetcars.  I will ask the city to change the ordinance.”

KC Transit Action Network co-founder Janet Rogers, active in getting the 2010 ordinance passed, is heard on the February 5, 2013 edition of Tell Somebody testifying in favor of restoring KCATA funding at a February 2, 2013 neighborhood budget hearing in Kansas City, and explaining the situation in a subsequent phone interview.

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