COLUMBIA, 7/31/16 (Beat Byte) -- Lorah Steiner
, the former longtime director of the
Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB),
has come out strongly against Prop. 1, the 25% hotel and motel (aka bed tax) increase voters decide Tuesday.
City leaders and a
say the tax hike will help raise $38 million for improvements to the Columbia Regional Airport.
"Columbia does not need a 38 million dollar airport terminal," Steiner
said on Facebook last week.
"Airlines will not flock to a city simply because it has more terminal space."
COLUMBIA, 7/31/16 (Beat Byte) --
In an endorsement of Boone County judicial candidate and acting Circuit Judge
, the Columbia Police Officers Association has tackled what may be the
thorniest law enforcement issue
facing communities today.
Hardened (or hardening) criminals walking out courtroom doors to commit more crimes.
Harris' opponent, incumbent Judge
, is too likely to grant bail, home detention, unsupervised probation, suspended sentences, and other lax punishments that actually encourage offenders to offend again, CPOA members claim.
"Judge Daniels has
repeatedly let career criminals off with little more than a slap on the wrist
," said CPOA president
. "Harris is the only candidate our officers can trust to recognize a...
What you may not know is that local banks are the largest backers of a Political Action Committee (PAC) formed to raise those taxes -- and anything else that
generates revenue under force of law
(City Hall owns the airport and most utilities).
"Banks forming a PAC to raise taxes?
You've got to be kidding!"
said a banking VP friend of mine recently. "Bankers usually stand for lower taxes and conservative politics. Are people pissed off?
It sounds very fishy."