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Earnings tax does not prevent city from outpacing surrounding counties in job growth

Contrary to Benjamin Franklin’s description of death and taxes as life’s only certainties, only death, and the wait leading up to it, appear to be unavoidable.

Taxes sometimes can be dodged, provided a citizen hires a crafty accountant or doesn’t mind risking fines or imprisonment. Yet people generally agree to pay taxes, no matter how much they complain, mainly because it’s easier to do so than not, and the underlying premise is sound. Without taxes to pay for streetlights, roadways, police, fire departments, public schools and other civilized amenities, modern life would be darker, more dangerous, and harder to endure. Taxes are the tariff for civilization, the dues society pays

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The new Mississippi River Bridge gets a green light, yet at what cost?

After years of negotiations and a series of complications, the new Mississippi River Bridge just north of downtown St. Louis cleared yet another obstacle last week when the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) accepted a bid for construction of the main span over the river even though the bid exceeded the original estimate by close to $40 million.

MoDOT says money saved on the renovation of I-64, anticipated savings from the bridge approach work on the Missouri side and some changes in the issuance of bonds will cover the overage. As part of a cost-sharing agreement between the Illinois Department of Transportation and MoDOT, Missouri will cover any cost

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