A couple of rural Democratic lawmakers want to keep the state from giving any tax credits to overhaul the big pro sports stadiums in Kansas City. Senator Frank Barnitz of Lake Spring and Representative Wes Shoemyer of Clarence think the Legislature should have the final say on approving the $50-Million in tax credits the state will provide for stadium improvements in Kansas City. The State Development Finance Board already has authorized the credits. Shoemyer says it’s a bad time to be giving away state tax income. But Governor Matt Blunt sees nothing wrong with the deal. The issue might be entirely academic. The two lawmakers are minority Democrats with no Republican co-sponsors, and a Governor who has veto power who thinks the tax credit offer is a responsible proposal to ensure the Chiefs and Royals stay in Kansas City.
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