Blog

Filter these articles

Commentary / Op-Eds
By David Stokes on Mar 17, 2007

Could this ruling be the straw that breaks the camel's back for City of St.

Commentary / Op-Eds
By Steven Bernstetter on Mar 16, 2007
My colleague, Sarah Brodsky, blogged the other day about the recent efforts of Mayor Slay to acquire the authority necessary to approve new charter schools in St. Louis. She correctly pointed out that Charter schools are not an education cure-all, but nonetheless a step in the right direction.
Commentary / Op-Eds
By Sarah Brodsky on Mar 15, 2007
Mayor Slay is trying to open more charter schools in St. Louis:
Commentary / Op-Eds
By Steven Bernstetter on Mar 15, 2007

Governor Blunt recently changed his mind about Missouri's new Minimum Wage laws. Initially, January's minimum wage increase applied only to non-tipped workers.

Commentary / Op-Eds
By David Stokes on Mar 15, 2007

I promise this will be the last post of police radio dispatching for some time, but the Post-Dispatch had another story on it today.  I am not going to talk about the disp

Commentary / Op-Eds
By David Stokes on Mar 14, 2007

When I first read that Brentwood had lowered its emergency dispatching bid for Rock Hill by $100,000, I thought this might be an excellent and all-too rare example of municipal

Commentary / Op-Eds
By David Stokes on Mar 14, 2007

 

What does every city with a recent eminent domain controversy in Saint Louis County have in common? They are all “point-of-sale” cities, which keep the majority of sales taxes they collect under the County’s complicated sales tax distribution formula. Legislation has been introduced in Jefferson City that would exacerbate the problem. It would change the way sales taxes are distributed in Saint Louis County and revert back to the system that existed prior to 1994, which would have even greater potential for eminent-domain abuse. Abandoning the so-called “Westfall Plan” would be a mistake with serious repercussions for economic development.
Commentary / Op-Eds
By Timothy B. Lee on Mar 14, 2007

Over at our main website, David Stokes has a new article on a proposal to abolish the sales tax pool in Saint Louis County. In short: he thinks it's a bad idea:
 

Commentary / Op-Eds
By David Stokes on Mar 13, 2007

Reassessment season is here.  This is good news for government entities, real estate appraisers and bloggers who like to write about local tax issues.  It is bad news for everyone else.  The traditional start, the first-pitch if you will, of reassessment season is the article by the Post-Dispatch

Commentary / Op-Eds
By Steven Bernstetter on Mar 13, 2007
The MOHELA deal is back and better than ever...or not. The proposal orginally intended to take $350 million in assets and spend it on capital improvement projects for Missouri's public universities.