Wednesday, March 29, 2006

sell-out

I recall very clearly. When Jim Rowland was on the city council he told me, in no uncertain terms, that he was fundamentally and morally opposed to sales tax because of how it disproportionately impacts the poor.

Yet I read in the paper today:
Jackson County Sports Complex Authority executive director Jim Rowland, a former city councilman, said he was excited about the possibility of getting a Final Four.

“We were anticipating it,” Rowland said. “It is one more great event we could host as a result of a positive outcome of the election.”

I guess fundamental, moral principles aren't worth much compared to a six-figure patronage job.

2 comments:

trAcy said...

some evidence that HOK is not all that ok:

"we didn't know there was ___ law in Missouri."

seems that the new baseball stadium in St. Louis is not all it's cracked up to be:

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscitycounty/story/5A15D17866E3D6F186257140001F22D3?OpenDocument

Soonshine said...

When you get time, please post your analysis of how sales tax hurts the poor more than the rich. Don't the rich buy more and therefore pay more? I would say they even buy more beyond what they actually and therefore even pay a higher percentage of their income?!? I assume you are going to say that the poor are taxed on "essentials" and it cuts deeper. This is not a joke or a slam - I am trying to educate myself. Thanks.