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If the city earnings tax is repealed, what revenue stream can take its place?

If the city of St. Louis earnings tax did not provide one third of the revenue collected for the city, what type of revenue stream – presumably a tax – should take its place?

Supporters of the repeal of the earnings tax this week reportedly submitted 210,000 signatures to put the issue on the ballot statewide, which if passed could lead to a repeal of the 1 percent earnings tax in St. Louis and Kansas City. If it passes statewide, then the proposal to repeal the tax would be put on the city ballot next year.

The earnings tax supplies 31 percent of the cities revenue, with sales tax and

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Workforce housing needs exist throughout St. Louis region

Why don’t low-and-moderate income workers live closer to their jobs so their commute to work is shorter and cheaper? Why are people uncomfortable living near someone whose income is significantly lower than their income?

Those were some of the questions raised at “Creating Whole Communities,” a St. Louis regional housing conference held Friday at the Federal Reserve Conference Center. The East-West Gateway Council of Governments, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and the University of Missouri – St. Louis sponsored the conference, which dealt with the interaction of housing, transportation, education and energy.

A presentation by Lance Huntley and John Posey of East-West Gateway dealt with the potential markets

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State audit of city could lead to more talk of changing course from 1876

Missouri State Auditor Susan Montee on Thursday released her audit of the city of St. Louis and to the surprise of virtually no one, found the city has a unique, decentralized form of government that leads to “a lack a coordination of efforts.” Montee stated that “better coordination by the elected officials on various policy issues noted in this report would help resolve these issues and result in a more efficient city government.”

The good news of the audit was that outside a problem in the street department, there were no scandalous discoveries of wrongdoing or malfeasance. The other news was the audit was cited by some as yet another

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Can the passage of Proposition A be the prototype for other regional efforts?

The reasons Metro’s Proposition A passed are many, varied, surprising, reassuring and, of course, arguable.

What is clear and indisputable is the winning coalition brought together white and black, old and young, Democrat and Republican, upper income and lower income, and citizens from all over St. Louis County – and the region. That much is clear, and encouraging.

While riders of public transit are classically seen as the poorer among us and disproportionately minority based, the spokesperson for the pro-Prop A campaign was John Nations, Republican mayor of Chesterfield. The chief executive officer of Metro is Bob Baer, a long-time leading figure of the local Republican Party. The ads that

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Regional fiscal reform is needed, meanwhile what are the funding options for public services?

First the wheel was invented, then the wheel tax.

The Belleville City Council on Monday passed a $20 per vehicle “wheel tax” on any vehicle within the city limits, with exemptions granted for cars and vans owned by non-profit organizations. If an owner fails to pay it, the fine is $100 for the first violation, $250 for the second violation. The new tax is expected to raise $650,000 per year.

Meanwhile, in St. Louis County voters went to the polls Tuesday to decide on a half-cent sales tax to help finance Metro, the region’s public transit system. Charles Brennan of KMOX spent virtually his whole two-hour show Tuesday arguing against

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