The collapse of Better Together's city-county merger plan leaves business leaders wondering how to achieve some of the efficiencies the plan envisioned. Jim Gallagher and David Nicklaus discuss what's next and why the issue is important for St. Louis' economy.
Better Together Vice Chairman Will Ross, associate dean for diversity at Washington University School of Medicine, said he is now worried that the nonprofit is planning to take its existing proposal and “repurpose it,” without community input.
Mark Wrighton, chancellor of Washington University and chairman of Better Together’s campaign, UniteSTL, said the campaign had been suspended, and he no longer had a formal role with the organization. Board members and insiders discussed leadership changes, but made no decisions.
In sending his complaint, Gregg Keller, president of the Joseph Wingate Folk Society, also outed himself as the mystery client of Jefferson City attorney Chuck Hatfield, who has already sent two similar complaints to the Missouri Secretary of State's office, against Des Peres and Shrewsbury municipal officials.
A proposal from the group Better Together would merge St. Louis and St. Louis County. Jim Gallagher is skeptical about the benefits for county residents, while David Nicklaus worries that the debate could heighten the region's divisions and make it harder to solve pressing problems.
Talking with this week's host, David Hunn, Tishaura Jones, treasurer of the city of St. Louis, explains her job, praises her student-and-family financial literacy programs, and explains why the Better Together merger proposal doesn’t work for her.
Jefferson City attorney Chuck Hatfield complained that the mayor of Des Peres, Mark Becker, and the city administrator of Shrewsbury, Jonathan Greever, as well as their boards of aldermen opposed the merger in official publications.
Chancellor-elect Andrew D. Martin asked Arts & Sciences Provost Holden Thorp to chair the group, the university said. Martin tasked Thorp with considering the proposal “from various perspectives and areas of expertise.” The group will release a report with its findings.
Municipalities across the region are examining the details of the St. Louis city-county consolidation proposal that has roiled the region, and many officials now worry that they could lose control of parts of their communities that make them what they are.
ST. LOUIS • Better Together faced a mostly skeptical crowd Thursday at the group’s second town hall meeting since publicly announcing a broad plan to consolidate the governments of St. Louis, St. Louis County and all 88 county municipalities.
Charles W. Hatfield, a lawyer in Jefferson City, sent letters saying that Missouri law prohibits political bodies from using taxpayer funds to oppose a ballot measure, and that even putting out information on the issue could break the law.
At the end of the podcast, Jones warned that the statewide passage of Better Together, without passage in St. Louis city and county could lead to widespread civil disobedience, both by residents and leaders.
Reporter David Hunn and metro columnist Tony Messenger interview former city and county official Mike Jones on Better Together’s impact on African-Americans in St. Louis, and how black leaders should react if the city-county consolidation plan passes. Jones says Better Together could bring "…