Group begins running anti-earnings tax ads

A radio spot opposing renewal of Kansas City’s 1 percent earnings tax has begun running on area radio stations that market themselves primarily to African-Americans.

The $20,000 ad, which accuses Kansas City Mayor Sly James of using scare tactics including threats of higher property taxes, job losses and lack of police force, is paid for by Better Government for Missouri.

Better Government for Missouri was formed in 2012 and lists a Kansas City address, according to Missouri secretary of state records. Two officers of the group are tied to Rex Sinquefield, a wealthy Missourian who backs conservative causes. The group’s president is John C. Cozad, a Jefferson City lobbyist and former chairman of the Missouri Republican Party.

Earnings tax renewal backers point out that the tax makes up 40 percent of the city’s general fund and say it’s “ironic” that the group has “a newfound concern for working-class African-Americans.”

Read more: Kansas City Star

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