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Kansas City Mayor Says Federal Relief Funds Will Do More Than Solve Budget Woes

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Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas delivering his State of the City address on February 11, 2021, from the stage in Winnetonka High School.

According to Mayor Quinton Lucas, the estimated $195 million Kansas City expects from the American Rescue Plan will allow the city "to address a number of issues, including those that relate to housing."

Last week Mayor Lucas announced relaxed COVID-19 guidelines for businesses. Then there was more good news tied to the passage of the latest stimulus bill. Kansas City will receive federal funds. Lucas addressed what that means for a city that is staring at a $70 million budget shortfall.

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