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

Archive for the category “economic development”

Stenger involved in bribe scheme for development of Jamestown Mall

www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/stenger-was-arranging-for-bribe-in-jamestown-mall-redevelopment/article_7b488a34-381f-5c54-82e8-f906fcbe6f6f.html

This fits in with what we have been reading. This is an effort to bribe a County Council member.

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GOP conservatives in missouri filibuster bill to allow tax credits for expansion of GM plant in Wentzville

www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/facing-filibuster-gov-parson-not-budging-on-gm-incentives-for/article_82f3f9b7-ee5a-504d-a67f-f6d7143fa9fa.html

Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face

Sheila Sweeney to Plead Guilty in Stenger Deal

www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/federal-charges-against-sheila-sweeney-and-john-rallo-in-pay/article_16e857c5-44e5-53f0-a4cf-2a209a87a478.html

I have known she was crooked for a long time. An issue not getting much attention with all this is the ridiculously high salaries up and down the line in the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. Written by Paul Dribin

Louis Reed Call’s for City to Drop Out of St Louis Economic Developmrnt Council

www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/reed-city-should-withdraw-from-economic-development-partnership-with-st/article_2dd9c148-9e80-5a5d-9dcf-6b91bbe877c4.html

This is a big deal. Reed is a big player in city efforts

Stenger Indicted

www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/st-louis-county-executive-steve-stenger-indicted-on-federal-charges/article_7224d3c7-9691-5a84-b8ec-1b35b0388c7c.html

this is a huge deal. This blog has written often about the crooked dealings of Stenger and his colleague Sheila Sweeney

Non low bidder on msd contract contributed heavily to Stenger

www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/after-controversial-msd-vote-winners-donated-more-than-to-stenger/article_dacc13aa-5f0a-547c-9149-d5ccb46dcce4.html

This smelled at the time it was awarded. Obviously unethical conduct. Not selecting a qualified low bidder on a construction contract is unheard of

Good post editorial about opportunity zones

www.stltoday.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-opportunity-promise-or-empowerment-if-you-have-the-money/article_76172eeb-4417-53e8-86dc-1bb8827a7c51.html

there is actually much controversy about this program which gives huge tax breaks to businesses which were likely to invest in these areas anyway.

McKee problems continue

www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/still-stuck-with-paul-mckee-st-louis-officials-pledge-to/article_b094fe94-42f8-5398-a032-258d646850ae.html

I was a big believer in him and have always like him. A big part of his problem is that he played city politics poorly

Crime and Vacancies

I have attended various task forces of the Vacancy Collaborative in St. Louis. What I find fascinating is that no one in the group has defined why there are a large amount of vacancies in St. Louis. The answer is really quite simple; crime, crime, crime. There are several facts which back my assertion:

1. The parts of St. Louis that have a reasonable crime rate do not have significant vacancies and tax foreclosed properties sell quickly

2. The areas that have high crime rates have a high number of vacancies.

What is troubling to me is that no one seems to want to talk about this. It would be as if a discussion about lung cancer deaths did not include the problem of smoking.

Written by Paul Dribin

New St. Louis urban homesteading program

www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/st-louis-launches-a-new-homesteading-program-offering-homes-for/article_66f7dd73-6272-52e3-8c9b-32e4caa9303a.html

this is a great idea and needs to be expanded. Why wait for property to be in LRA inventory for five years?

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