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The St Louis Contrarian

Providing Independent and Intelligent Insight on St. Louis Public Policy Issues

Archive for the month “June, 2018”

chicago.suntimes.com/news/homeless-cps-families-study-10000/

a good article describing the extent of the homeless problem in Chicago

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Lambert Airport Privatization

This project clearly seems to be moving ahead. I am neutral at this point. The advantages of privatizing the airport seem vague to me at this point. Why do I sense that some politically connected people will benefit? Alderman Cara Spencer has introduced legislation to require a vote of the public before moving ahead. That is probably a good idea. Written by Paul Dribin

Steve Stenger, Sheila Sweeney

I am glad the St. Louis County Council is attempting to investigate both these people. Stenger of course made some crooked real estate deals with cronies of his. Sweeney enables this bad behavior with her work at the Economic Development Council. That organization has too many people with high salaries who do not accomplish much. Sheila though seems to act on whatever crooked action Stenger wants. Written by Paul Dribin

Trolleys

Brenda and I took a recent trip to France on a Rick Stieves tour. It was great. Anyway in talking with our group at dinner both a couple from Milwaukee and Omaha discussed the trolleys in their cities and what an incredible waste of money they were. It seems like bad thinking transcends local communities. (I did not see any trolleys in Paris). Written by Paul Dribin

Can smart cities be equitable?

“As the urban world becomes “smarter,” cities will have an opportunity to become more inclusive,” Homi Kharas and Jaana Remes write.
— Read on www.brookings.edu/opinions/can-smart-cities-be-equitable/

A good article from Brookings

Missouri State Tax Credits

www.stltoday.com/business/local/incoming-missouri-governor-has-far-different-view-from-greitens-on/article_6df0ca15-a9e4-58b2-b22a-25b040c44d73.html

The ouster of Greitens may improve the chances of reinstating Missouri credits. Jeff Smith, Executive Director of MOWAHA is quoted in the article saying the credits are efficient and effective. They are neither. Written by Paul Dribin

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