2016 State Policy Priorities
During 2016 LISC stands ready to support the following six issues that are critical to the vitality of struggling neighborhoods and the assets of low income residents.
- Protection of state and local tax credit funding, regulation and practice that promotes physical redevelopment and economic revitalization of low income communities. This includes 2016-2017 implementation of Missouri and Kansas Qualified Action Plans, tax credit criteria that expand preference for funding to low income individuals and neighborhoods, and preservation of state housing tax credits.
- State enabling land use policies that expand the capacity of KCMO and KCK to access and restore vacant and abandoned properties as a critical component of healthy, economically vibrant neighborhoods. This includes the ability of KCMO to maintain a list of LLC residential and commercial property managers, better access to blighted properties, and in KCK creation of Urban Opportunity Zones to incentivize investments.
- Preservation of local government funding sources that are critical to low income neighborhoods in the metropolitan area. This includes maintaining key local revenue streams like KCK property taxes and the KCMO Earning Tax and preservation of City fees that fund community revitalization projects.
- Extension of state Medicaid funding and eligibility so that more low income citizens have access to health care, individual assets are protected, and challenged neighborhoods can build the collective economic stability of their residents.
- Promotion of healthy low income communities and healthy low income people through neighborhood restoration and greater food access. In Kansas this includes reduction of the Kansas food sales tax which disproportionally impacts asset-challenged citizens and neighborhoods.
- Retention of affordable housing options for tenants in foreclosure proceedings through legislation that gives the KCMO judiciary more flexibility in ordering 10-day eviction from foreclosed properties.