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Is Kansas City, Kansas, actually going bankrupt?

Unified Government Mayor Tyrone Garner says that Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, are on a "pathway to complete financial ruin." But the idea of dissolving the Unified Government may not fix the underlying problems, and could make its finances worse.

After consolidating 25 years ago, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, could be reevaluating their relationship. During a press conference in October, Mayor Tyrone Garner warned of major financial trouble facing the government and floated the idea of bankruptcy.

KCUR's Nomin Ujiyediin spoke with the Kansas City Beacon's Josh Merchant about why the Unified Government's woes are more complicated, and how dissolution could make them worse.

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