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Researchers, policy practitioners need better communication to meet sustainability goals

Better communication between researchers and those implementing public policy is key to a more sustainable St. Louis, according to presentations and discussions at a recent conference that included a “Report to the Region 2015” about the progress of OneSTL.

The day-long conference, “Linking Research and Practice: Equitable Economic Growth and Sustainable Water Infrastructure” was held Jan. 23 at Saint Louis University. The conference was a partnership of the St. Louis Metropolitan Research Exchange, OneSTL, and the Center for Sustainability at Saint Louis University.

John Wagner, president of the St. Louis Metropolitan Research Exchange, described the conference as an effort to describe the regional sustainability plan known as OneSTL. The plan,

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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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