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Avoid Financial Disaster After A Natural One, And Spending The One-Eighth-Cent Sales Tax

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Luke X. Martin
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KCUR 89.3
Seft Hunter, of Communities Creating Opportunity, is encouraged by the one-eighth-cent sales tax passage, but says "we really have to look at targeted and strategic investment if we're going to see these funds actually make a discernable difference."

Emergency preparedness is in the national consciousness in a big way. Today, the Smart Money Experts make a special trip to the studio to discuss preparing your family's finances for the wide-ranging effects of a natural disaster. Then, Kansas City voters in April approved a one-eighth-cent sales tax increase aimed at developing the long-neglected east side of town. We'll find out how the city will ensure that money is spent effectively, transparently and with the community's needs in mind.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.
The Kansas City region has long been a place where different ways of life collide. I tell the stories of people living and working where race, culture and ethnicity intersect. I examine racial equity and disparity, highlight the area's ethnic groups and communities of color, and invite all of Kansas City to explore meaningful ways to bond with and embrace cultures different from their own. Email me at luke@kcur.org.