Can Mike Burke keep city agencies from backsliding?

During his campaign for mayor, Mike Burke has accused Mark Funkhouser of hanging a “closed for business” sign on Kansas City. Funkhouser went into office on the promise that he would make developers work harder for incentives.

Things slowed to a crawl, all right. How much the economic downturn and the mayor’s pigs-at-the-trough rhetoric were at fault is anybody’s guess. But the Blame Funk crowd might want to keep one thing in mind when lamenting the lack of activity at the city’s economic-development agencies, and that’s the agencies’ potential for corruption.

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