Or was this just a political ploy? If you picked the second you’d be correct.
Before we go to the radio transcript let’s take a look at an interesting document from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
Do you suppose that requirement for a hearing is to minimize political interference in a program at the last minute?
So, did the Missouri Valley Community Action Agency get a hearing? Just asking.
Would the bill the Governor vetoed have had any impact on the film festival? It depends on when you ask Representative Hoskins (r) – before or during a veto session.
That’s called foreshadowing.
…Question: I had never even heard of it going on until the gentleman came to Rotary and spoke to us on Tuesday. I’d never heard of it.
Denny Hoskins: Right, right.
Question: So, uh, whether they weren’t doing much publicity on it or what.
Denny Hoskins: Yes, Yeah, I, I’d heard just a few things about it but nothing until, you know, the Rotary and, and, um, a couple things in, in the local media, uh, this last week. And so, um, that’s, that was my in, involvement in it. You know, I, I think if we could get private dollars in order to do this [crosstalk]…
Denny Hoskins: …if, if the Department of Tourism wanted to spend some of their money in order [inaudible crosstalk] to bring a film festival here, you know, to Missouri, you know, that, that might be more, more appropriate of the agency. But, like I said, I, you know, they were, the, some of the meals that they were having looked to be, you know, pretty, pretty nice and we got some wonderful restaurants around here. I know the, you know, they were gonna have pan seared salmon and, and steak and wine and things at, at the, uh, gala red carpet VIP event [inaudible crosstalk] on Friday evening, but, you know I start to think, you know, those families, you know, the community action agency that they’re there to help the needy, low income, handicapped and, and disabled and I, I wonder how many of those people received a, a pan seared salmon and, and steak and, and wine [inaudible crosstalk] Friday evening. Probably not very many.
Question: I don’t know, though. Do, do you ever figure out what the purpose of it was? How that was gonna help, uh, the poor and the ingindent [sic]? Indigent.
Denny Hoskins: No.
Question: I can’t say the word. Indigent.
Denny Hoskins: Yeah. Indigent. No, uh. [laughter]
Question: [inaudible] say that.
Denny Hoskins: No, and, uh, that was one of my biggest concerns, is, you know, how, how is this going to help, help those people when, and a, a red carpet, like I said, film festival. I, I don’t, I don’t see [crosstalk]…
Denny Hoskins: …how, how that helps those people.
Question: Publicity, maybe? I don’t know. Bringing, bringing attention to the fact might, might be one of the things. But I, you know, I’m not smart enough to know that.
Denny Hoskins: Right, well, I mean, if you’re wanting to bring, you know, attention to the, those things I, I would think a hundred thousand dollars you could do some [laughter] , do some other things or, I mean, that mon, that’s money [crosstalk]…
Denny Hoskins: …could go to at home meals for senior citizens.
Denny Hoskins: It, you know, it coulda gone to whole variety, you know, helping, you know, or low income students get back packs for schools and things like that, not, uh, not a film festival.
Question: Well, weren’t, weren’t they keeping the place they got the money from informed of what was going on? They were supposed to be report, were they not reporting regularly, telling them what was going on? And why, why did they wait to the last minute [crosstalk]…
Denny Hoskins: Right.
Question: …last, the day before the thing starts to say they want their money back?
Denny Hoskins: Well, I, I think a lot of that, uh, it depends on who you talk to, that, you know, the community action agency, um, they’re saying they followed all the proper procedures. They submitted their application to Department of Health and Social Services [crosstalk]…
Question: Um, hmm.
Denny Hoskins: It was approved. They have certain benchmarks they had to report back. Um, usually these things are typically like four benchmarks that they have to report there and then they get the funding after they [crosstalk]…
Denny Hoskins: …complete that benchmark, uh, from the Department of Health and Social Services. Um, department of, so, uh, Missouri Valley Community Action Agency which, which is a good agency, does a lot of, of things for a lot of people here in, uh, [crosstalk]…
Question: They sure do.
Denny Hoskins: …in Johnson County as well as in, uh, I believe an eight county area. They have an office down there on Holden Street [crosstalk]…
Question: Um, hmm.
Denny Hoskins: …pretty close to my CPA office. [crosstalk]
Question: Sure do, yeah.
Denny Hoskins: And, um, so they’re saying they followed proper procedures, submitted the application, submitted these benchmarks when they had been completed, getting reimbursed. Now the Department of Health and, and Social Services is saying that, um, the application that, uh, Missouri Valley Community Action Agency submitted to them to, for this grant that, this hundred thousand dollars of stimulus funds was different than the actual event that was going on this weekend.
Denny Hoskins: So.
Question: They just didn’t explain it correctly, apparently, huh?
Denny Hoskins: Yes, yes. That’s what the Department of Health and Social Services is saying [crosstalk].
Question: So, where’s this gonna go from here?
Denny Hoskins: Well, uh, that kind of leads into a next segment. We’ve got veto session this week.
Question: Uh, huh!
Denny Hoskins: And one of the bills that, or maybe the only bill that we’re going to try, the Governor, uh, vetoed a bill that would allow more transparency and accountability for stimulus funds.
Question: What we’re talking about.
Denny Hoskins: Yes, pretty much like we’re talking about, very similar to what we’re talking about. And he says that there’s already rules and regulations on the books that, uh, [crosstalk]…
Question: In place.
Denny Hoskins: …in place for these stimulus dollars so there’d be transparency and accountability. And he said that it, uh, um, what the bill basically did, that we, we passed overwhelmingly in the House and the Senate. I voted for it. I believe Senator Pearce voted for it as well, I’m sure that he did. And, it would, it would basically create a separate fund to receive these stimulus dollars and so we can better track how they are being spent. And give more legislative oversight on these stimulus and, and ARRA, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars [crosstalk]
Denny Hoskins: And, so, we’re going to try and override, uh, the Governor’s veto this Wednesday [crosstalk], my understanding.
Question: The odds of that are what? Slim?
Denny Hoskins: Well, you know, this is, this is a good example, the Show Me Social Justice Film Festival is a good example of, of stimulus dollars coming in that were not, [crosstalk]…
Denny Hoskins: …are not being spent for the purpose that which they are intended. Um, you know the festival did not create any jobs here in Johnson County. It’s not helping the, the needy, low income, handicapped, elderly, you know. Yes, did they buy some food from our local restaurants? Yes [crosstalk]…
Question: It did, it did bring some money in to Warrensburg, though.
Denny Hoskins: Right, right, yeah, I mean it, you know, yes.
Question: What, ninety-four thousand dollars or something like that’s supposed to be what was coming in here in from it I [inaudible][crosstalk].
Denny Hoskins: Um, hmm. Right. But, um, it’s, like I said, it’s, it just wasn’t being spent for the purpose it was intended and not [crosstalk] creating jobs.
Denny Hoskins: So, what we hope to do is, I think this is a prime example why we do need that law in the books and why we need to override the Governor’s veto [crosstalk] on that.
Question: Will you speak to this on the floor?
Denny Hoskins: I will. I plan on speaking to this on the floor.
Question: Which probably would, would help get the job done then [crosstalk][inaudible].
Denny Hoskins: Right, well, I think this is, like I said, it’s a good example of, of how this, there needs to be more legislative oversight over those stimulus dollars coming in to make sure that they’re being spent wisely, I mean these are, I mean, the listeners out there, this is your taxpayer dollars that, that are being spent and [crosstalk]…
Denny Hoskins: Um, you know, if you think that they need to spend stimulus dollars and, and Department of Health and Social Services need to be in the film festival business [questioner laugh] then, and then we probably disagree.
Here’s a question or two for Representative Hoskins (r): Did you contact anyone at the Missouri Valley Community Action Agency with your questions or allow them to explain what they were doing before you started your political posturing? Have you contacted anyone at MVCAA since? They’re on the web. They have a phone number and e-mail.
Do you suppose there were business sponsors and possibly in-kind donations and maybe people attending the festival who paid admission?
Fancy that, you know, actually asking people for information before you cater to teabaggers.