Mayor Lucas outlines priorities for first term in SOTC

February 13, 2020 - 7:32 am
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas gave his inaugural State of the City speech at City Hall on Wednesday and outlined a plan for the next year which he said will energize Kansas City and create more equity.

Among the promises from the mayor was a budget increase for the city's roads, which have been rattled with potholes this winter. 

"This year's budget will include an increase in our street surfacing fund to $17 million," Lucas said.

That's not all, though. Lucas announced he's committed to making Kansas City the first city in the nation with zero-fare bus transit, and said that program will be ready to go by this summer.

Lucas also announced plans to pardon those convicted of municipal marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession. 

"We had a vote where the outcome was, I believe, about 75 percent for yes, for us reducing penalties misdemeanor for amounts of marijuana," Lucas said. "So my view is, frankly, it is past time."

So, how's it all going to be paid for? We'll find more about that in the city's annual budget, set to be released Thursday afternoon.  

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