The first time Kansas City Mayor Sly James says something to me about the earnings tax, it’s right after Thanksgiving.
I’ve already turned off my recorder, and we’re chatting as I pack up my equipment. I ask if he has plans for birthday (he turned 64 on Dec. 9).
"Oh," he tells me, "I have to go to a fundraiser for the earnings tax campaign."
"Gee, you sure know how to party," I reply.
In the months since, I’ve talked to James about the earnings tax probably a dozen times.