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Kansas City's Budget | Missouri Is Bear Country

Carlos Moreno/KCUR 89.3
Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas talked about the city's new proposed budget during his State of the City address on February 10, 2021.

Councilmembers from Kansas City's Third District give their thoughts on the proposed city budget and a furbearer biologist explains why Missouri's black bear population has been increasing.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:41: What councilmembers in Kansas City's Third District want changed in the city budget.

The proposed 2021-2022 budget for Kansas City, Missouri, cuts millions of dollars in spending, while promising that no city employee will lose their jobs. Some of the fine print concerns councilmembers from Kansas City's Third District — including the continued use of the city's rainy day fund and spending millions on a Northland soccer complex. The final budget will be adopted on March 25.

  • Brandon Ellington, Kansas City, Missouri councilman representing the Third District.
  • Melissa Robinson, Kansas City, Missouri, councilwoman representing the Third District.

Segment 2, beginning at 32:16: What you need to know about Missouri's growing bear population.

As Missouri’s black bear population continues to grow at a rate of 9% annually, bear sightings are increasing — even in major cities like Kansas City and St. Louis. That means all state residents should be prepared to come into contact with bears, especially while hiking or on vacation in southern parts of the state. Missouri might even institute a bear hunt this October.

Public hearings on Kansas City, Missouri's new proposed budget will be held Saturday, February 27, from 9 a.m. - Noon at Municipal Arena, 301 W. 13th St., Kansas City, Missouri, and virtually on Tuesday, March 2, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Mackenzie Martin is a producer for Up To Date, Real Humans, and other podcasts at KCUR Studios. Reach out to her on Twitter @_macmartin.