On Monday, Republican Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed a bill that will require the Kansas City Police Department (KCPD) to receive at least 25% of Kansas City’s general revenue per fiscal year.
The bill came in response to an attempt by Democrat Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas and the city council to cut the police department’s budget by $42.3 million last year as part of the wider push by the Democratic party to “defund the police.”
“When a majority of the City Council voted to strip $42 million from KCPD’s budget in 2021, I knew I had to do something to prevent future efforts to defund the police,” said State Senator Tony Luetkemeyer, who sponsored the bill. “This legislation will ensure the KCPD has the resources it needs to keep our community safe and stop similar radical budget cuts going forward.”
“I’m grateful for Governor Parson standing with the brave men and women of the KCPD,” Luetkemeyer said. “At a time of historic high crime in Kansas City, we need to be supporting our police, not defunding them.”
“In Missouri, we defend our law enforcement officers who answer the call each and every day to protect and serve Missourians. We don’t defund them,” Governor Parson said. “With crime on the rise in cities across the country, we are signing SB 678 to ensure that the KCPD is receiving the necessary resources to support public safety and combat violent crime. We take pride in Missouri’s cities, but we refuse to stand idly by and allow criminals to run free. With the help of law enforcement, the business community, and local partners, we are putting shared solutions to work to combat crime in our state.”