Treasurer wants $15 minimum wage for her office, battle with Aldermanic president may be brewing
May07

Treasurer wants $15 minimum wage for her office, battle with Aldermanic president may be brewing

CITY HALL — St. Louis City Treasurer Tishaura O. Jones says “it’s only right” to raise the wage of everybody in her office to $15 an hour. But Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed says it is more right for her to share her parking revenue with the rest of the city. Jones said employees in her office were still making the legal minimum wage of $7.35 when she took office in 2013. Since then, she has gradually increased the...

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Missouri budgeters move to end rule on immigrant tuition
May07

Missouri budgeters move to end rule on immigrant tuition

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In a debate being watched closely by St. Louis’ immigrant community, Missouri budgeters have moved to end a requirement that colleges and universities charge students with unlawful immigration status the same tuition rate as international students. Senate and House negotiators on Tuesday stripped the requirement out of a draft budget for next fiscal year. Under the current budget, colleges and...

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Alderwoman seeks citywide vote on residency requirement
May07

Alderwoman seeks citywide vote on residency requirement

By Jim Merkel The SouthSider A South Side alderwoman says it’s time to end the requirement that city employees live inside St. Louis. Fourteenth Ward Alderwoman Carol Howard introduced legislation on May 3 calling for an election to change the City Charter to lift that condition of employment for all but agency and department directors. The city charter now says that all full-time city workers and officers must live in the city within...

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Better Together decides it better wait on St. Louis merger
May06

Better Together decides it better wait on St. Louis merger

  DOWNTOWN – Better Together, the group working to merge St. Louis city and county governments, has pulled its plan to put the measure before Missouri voters in 2020.  At least that’s their intention for now. Much of the controversy surrounding the plan centered on its seeking of a statewide vote that would have put it in place whether St. Louis city and county voters approved the measure or not.  Pressure was growing to make...

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Jaco:  Charlie Dooley offers his first reaction to Stenger Fiasco
May06

Jaco: Charlie Dooley offers his first reaction to Stenger Fiasco

Steve Stenger’s resignation, indictment, and guilty plea to three federal corruption charges that carry a maximum of 60 years in federal prison came out of nowhere to most people. But not to Charlie Dooley. The man who spent a decade as St. Louis County Executive before Stenger defeated him in a vicious, racially-charged 2014 primary election says he saw it coming. “The atmosphere in St. Louis county was extremely toxic,” said Dooley,...

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Aldermen keep gallery open to public
May04

Aldermen keep gallery open to public

DOWNTOWN – Newly-approved rules would keep lobbyists, along with anyone else interested in pending legislation, off the floor of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen. But in a switch from an original version, there will be no restrictions on who can sit in the public gallery overlooking the floor. The board’s Democratic caucus recently voted to exclude lobbyists from the floor and to require those wanting to sit in the gallery to get...

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