James, Parson comment on KCMO issues during Governor’s visit

Paul Thompson
Northeast News

Standing atop the pitching mound on Alex Gordon Family Field – an indoor practice space at the heart of the innovative Kansas City Urban Youth Academy baseball facility – Missouri Governor Mike Parson, Kansas City Mayor Sly James and St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson talked about the importance of teamwork on Thursday, August 2.

“At the end of the day, we’re all one state, so we’re stronger when we work together, and our two cities have more in common than they have in contrast,” James said. “I am fortunate and Lyda is fortunate to have a governor who cares about what’s going on in our cities, and spends the time here to learn, not just through an email or newspaper article, but being here firsthand to see with his own eyes, touch with his own hands.”

Parson agreed, relaying his belief that there are more good days to come if the spirit of collaboration on display August 2 extends into the future.
“There will be differences in some of our opinions as we move forward, with me and both of these mayors, but I guarantee you there will be many more times that we will agree with one another, trying to make this state better,” Parson said.

The group were in the middle of a daylong tour of Kansas City, which was guided by James and featured stops at KCPD East Patrol, Arthur Bryant’s, the KC Streetcar, City Hall, and the Buck O’Neil Bridge in addition to the 18th and Vine District.

At an 11 a.m. press conference, Parson answered questions from reporters about a variety of pertinent Kansas City issues, including local control of the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department, the differences between Parson and Mayor James about a City’s right to enact municipal gun control laws, and his thoughts about Proposition A, the right to work legislation that was considered by Missouri voters during the August 7 election.

Asked about local control of the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department, Parson expressed a willingness to consider any legislation that comes across his desk. That said, he was careful not to wade to far into the debate without local law enforcement leaders at the table.

“I think right now it would be premature for me to make a voice either way, without the cities and the police departments all being at the table and being involved in that decision,” Parson said.

On gun control, Parson acknowledged that he and James think differently. But he also suggested that the day-to-day realities of life in big cities is strikingly different than that of rural Missouri, leaving the door open for urban solutions to gun violence in both Kansas City and St. Louis.

“We’ve always felt like there’s been somewhat of a gap, most of us who have been around awhile, but there shouldn’t be a gap between rural and urban when it comes to crime,” Parson said. “These crime rates and these homicides, they effect everybody in Missouri.”

At one point, James went out of his way to praise the open line of communication with the Governor’s office. James also suggested that he’s witnessed Parson exhibit well-reasoned tendencies during his time in the Missouri Legislature. Parson served in the Missouri House of Representatives from 2005 until 2011 and in the Senate from 2011 until 2017.

“I saw him change his position when he got new information, and I respect that,” James said. “I’m not going to try to put him on the spot, and I’ll tell you exactly why; because I want to be able to have a conversation with him down the road about what’s going on without the back filter of being hemmed in and pinned in. This is a touchy issue, and we’re going to try to handle it delicately.”

Parson also relayed his support for Proposition A, the Right to Work legislation on the August 7 ballot. Despite the endorsement, Parson suggested that Right to Work will likely remain a hot-button issue for years to come in the State of Missouri.

“I think it’s good for the State of Missouri; I understand the opposition to that. Those issues have been talked about a lot,” Parson said. “For right now, I think we’re going to find that out next week at the ballot box.”

Comments are closed.

  • Missouri voters set to decide state regulations on medical marijuana, White House announces new federal regulations may be on horizon

    October 17th, 2018
    by

    Johanna Pounds Editorial Assistant Northeast News President Donald Trump has recently made statements that he will likely support a bill […]


    Community volunteers frustrated after illegal dumping occurs hours after neighborhood cleanup wraps up

    October 17th, 2018
    by

    Bryan Stalder Northeast News The semi-annual neighborhood cleanup took place on Saturday, October 13. The event was organized by Northeast […]


    Mural taking shape, piece by piece

    October 17th, 2018
    by

    Dorri Partain Northeast News Scritch, scritch, SNAP! The jarring sound of breaking tiles is the first part of the constructive […]


    Liquor permit ordinance continued for discussion

    October 17th, 2018
    by

    Johanna Pounds Editorial Assistant Northeast News The Neighborhood and Public Safety Committee made the decision to push back Ordinance 180716 […]


    Northeast News welcomes new writing staff, still seeking managing editor

    October 17th, 2018
    by

    Bryan Stalder Northeast News Abby Cambiano is joining the Northeast News staff through the month of October. Many of our […]


  • Northeast High School receives shooting threat

    October 16th, 2018
    by

      Reese Bentzinger Abby Cambiano Northeast News The Kansas City Police Department was informed of a threat to “shoot up” […]


    Remembering KCFD Firefighters on the anniversary of their deaths

    October 12th, 2018
    by

    In an almost fitting observance on the 3 year anniversary of the fatal fire at 2600 Independence Blvd. that took […]


    Following Kander’s announcement, more announcements follow

    October 11th, 2018
    by

    Abby Cambiano Northeast News   Updated: 10/16/2018 Fourth District Councilwoman Jolie Justus has re-entered the mayoral race to succeed Sly […]


    Annual historic homes tour to shine a light on Independence Plaza

    October 10th, 2018
    by

    Reece Bentzinger Editorial Assistant Northeast News Step through the doors of 2821 Independence Avenue, and you’ll be swept into a […]


    Power in a Paintbrush: A profile on Hector Casanova

    October 9th, 2018
    by

      Reese Bentzinger Editorial Assistant Northeast News For many, the word “power” brings to mind a political office or being […]


  • What’s Happening

    retorts illustrated by bryan stalder

    Zachary Laman – An artist for the people

    Reese Bentzinger Editorial Assistant Northeast News Although muralist Zac Laman lives in the Historic Northeast, his work is hidden around […]

    CID: Salons & Barbers on Independence Ave

  • Local Weather