Transportation funding uncertainty is topic Thursday at Missouri History Museum

Transportation is one of the main justifications for government, because streets, highways, and bridges facilitate the flow of people, goods, and services.

Government is performing one of its basic functions when it collects taxes and pays for public works that improve citizens’ lives and the economy. Congress has followed that tradition. The problem, according to Dave Robertson, political science professor at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, is that Congress likes building road and bridges, but it doesn’t like to raise the money needed to finance those projects.

“Congress is very unpopular, but incumbents almost always get re-elected,” Robertson says. “Incumbents nurture majorities in their districts or states

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East-West Gateway presents annual OLGA Awards

The East-West Gateway Council of Governments presented its awards to 10 recipients Friday during its annual meeting, recognizing area governments and officials for their achievement in the areas of public service, leadership, and productive collaboration among local governments. The presentations were made at the noon luncheon Friday, Nov.14 at The Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, in downtown St. Louis.

In addition to the 10 awards, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley received the East-West Gateway Chairman’s Award for his service to the region as a member of the East-West Gateway Board of Directors for 10 years.

Denny Coleman, chief executive officer of the newly formed St. Louis Economic Partnership,

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Where We Stand update documents continued racial disparity in St. Louis

Racial disparity in the St. Louis region not only exists, it persists.

Since 1992, the East-West Gateway Council of Governments has documented data measuring the gaps in the St. Louis metropolitan area between whites and blacks in household income, education, employment, health, and other factors. In many areas, the gaps have continued and by several measurements, including median household income between 2000 and 2012, the disparity has widened.

This update on racial disparity in the region is part of Where We Stand, an ongoing analysis by East-West Gateway that compares the St. Louis region to 34 comparable regions in more than 100 categories. The most recent full version, an 88-page,

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Discussion to focus on transportation priorities amid changing demographics

How St. Louis residents view and experience the region’s transportation system depends on who they are, how old they are, how poor they are, where they live and where they work – among other things.

Those demographic variables will be front and center at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 at the Des Lee Auditorium at the Missouri History Museum for the third of a four-part series about the future of transportation in St. Louis, presented by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments and the Missouri History Museum.

Wally Siewert, director of the Center for Ethics in Public Life at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, will facilitate the

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Freight — a rolling hazard or an economic opportunity?

What role will freight play in the future of St. Louis?

Will freight be more than a means of transporting food from farm to market and goods from producer to consumer? Will concern about the movement of hazardous materials be too often feared as an accident waiting to happen, or will efficient and safe movement of freight be viewed as a fundamental tool of economic development?

Those topics and others will be discussed at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 31 at the Missouri History Museum at Lindell Bouleveard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park. A panel of freight experts will discuss “Transportation Shoptalk – Fueling the Future Economy.” The discussion

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