Jeff Rainford http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Census Update: Population Shifts In St. Louis Continue Same Path http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/census-update-population-shifts-st-louis-continue-same-path <p>The population trends in the St. Louis metropolitan area continued in 2013, according to numbers released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The census estimates the city of St. Louis had 696 fewer people in July of 2013 than at the same time the previous year, 0.22 percent drop. At the same time surrounding counties in Missouri added population.</span></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 06:31:00 +0000 Maria Altman 34745 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Census Update: Population Shifts In St. Louis Continue Same Path Schweich Casts Critical Eye Toward Historic Preservation Tax Credit http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/schweich-casts-critical-eye-toward-historic-preservation-tax-credit <p><strong>(Updated 4 p.m., Tues., March 25)</strong></p><p>State Auditor Tom Schweich issued a tough audit of the Missouri’s historic preservation tax credit, saying that the incentive that’s refurbished countless buildings throughout the state is too expensive and structurally inefficient.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:30:09 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 34708 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Schweich Casts Critical Eye Toward Historic Preservation Tax Credit Washington State Machinists Narrowly Approve Contract To Build Boeing's 777X http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/washington-state-machinists-narrowly-approve-contract-build-boeings-777x <p><em>Updated at 12:30 a.m. on 1/4/14.</em></p><p>The nationwide chase for Boeing's&nbsp;777X&nbsp;is over.</p><p>That's because Washington State machinists narrowly approved a contract on Friday to build the airplane near Seattle. It's a move that concludes Missouri's high-profile bid at landing a significant economic development opportunity for the St. Louis region.</p> Sat, 04 Jan 2014 06:30:37 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 32723 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Washington State Machinists Narrowly Approve Contract To Build Boeing's 777X On The Trail: Aldermen Still Flex Muscle In Block Grant Funding http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/trail-aldermen-still-flex-muscle-block-grant-funding <p>When a Board of Aldermen committee made changes to St. Louis' community development block grant recommendations, it showed the city's legislative branch asserting itself against a power shift to the executive.</p><p>But not everybody was happy -- including the agency that gave the city the funds in the first place.</p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 32444 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org On The Trail: Aldermen Still Flex Muscle In Block Grant Funding On The Trail: New Block Grant Process Shifted Power, Stirred Tensions http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/trail-new-block-grant-process-shifted-power-stirred-tensions <p>When St. Louis changed how it divided out community development block grants, it marked a major sea change in how St. Louis government functions --<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> shifting power toward the mayor's administrative umbrella and away from individual aldermen. </span></p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 32441 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org On The Trail: New Block Grant Process Shifted Power, Stirred Tensions Chief Of Staff Jeff Rainford On Impact Of Local Control Of Police http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/chief-staff-jeff-rainford-impact-local-control-police <p><a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/control-police-department-returns-city-st-louis">As previously reported by St. Louis Public Radio</a>, management of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department officially returned to the purview of the City of St. Louis on Saturday.&nbsp; After the at times contentious process to regain control, and a 152 year run under state management, the city can now look ahead to the impact local control will have on St. Louis.</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 20:45:00 +0000 Camille Phillips 29603 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Chief Of Staff Jeff Rainford On Impact Of Local Control Of Police Board of Aldermen greenlights firefighter pension reform http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/board-aldermen-greenlights-firefighter-pension-reform <p>Mayor Francis Slay scored a decisive victory Friday in his months-long battle to rein in firefighter pension costs. In a 17 to 10 vote, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen approved major reforms to the department&rsquo;s retirement system, cutting benefits, raising payments, and preventing full retirement until age 55.</p><p>Slay&rsquo;s office estimates the changes will save the city $8 million a year in pension costs that have more than quadrupled in the last five years.</p><p>Mayor Slay&rsquo;s Chief of Staff Jeff Rainford says the reforms are necessary and protect taxpayers.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 22:20:53 +0000 Joseph Leahy 4116 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Board of Aldermen greenlights firefighter pension reform City of St. Louis to lay off 30 firefighters http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/city-st-louis-lay-30-firefighters <p>The St. Louis firefighters union lashed out at city hall today after the mayor announced the layoffs of 30 firefighters.</p><p>The mayor&#39;s office claims that firefighter pension payments are doubling to nearly $11 million in just two years and risk bankrupting city government.</p><p>Chris Molitor is the President of <a href="http://iaff73.org/">Firefighters Local 73</a>.&nbsp; Among other things, he accused the mayor of refusing to negotiate in good faith.</p> Tue, 15 Mar 2011 22:15:55 +0000 Adam Allington 728 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org City of St. Louis to lay off 30 firefighters