Jason Rosenbaum

Innovation Reporter

Since entering the enticing world of professional journalism in the mid-2000s, Jason Rosenbaum dove head first into the world of politics, policy and even rock and roll music. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Rosenbaum spent more than four years in the Missouri State Capitol writing for the Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri Lawyers Media and the St. Louis Beacon. Since moving to St. Louis in 2010, Rosenbaum's work appeared in Missouri Lawyers Media, the St. Louis Business Journal and in the Riverfront Times' music section. He also served on staff at the St. Louis Beacon as a politics reporter. Rosenbaum lives in St. Louis City with with his wife Lauren Todd, an engineering librarian at Washington University. Their son, Brandon Todd Rosenbaum, was born in February 2014.

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Minimum Wage
4:50 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Pi Pizzeria Owner Won't Wait On Congress To Raise His Minimum Wage

Pi Pizzeria and Gringo owner Chris Sommers talks to a television reporter at one of his locations in Downtown St. Louis. Sommers will now pay all of his employees at least $10.10 an hour.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Chris Sommers is putting his money where his mouth is when it comes to the minimum wage. 

Sommers is the owner of six Pi Pizzerias restaurants and Gringo in the Central West End. Instead of waiting for Congress or the Missouri General Assembly to act, he’s heeding President Barack Obama’s call for business owners to voluntarily raise the minimum wage his employees.

Starting on April 1, everybody who works at one of Sommers’ restaurants will make at least $10.10 an hour. It’s a move Sommers said will help entry-level workers make a decent living.

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Politically Speaking
3:13 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Politically Speaking: County Executive Dooley Makes His Case For Re-Election

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum talk about the week’s politics.  

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We know you can’t get enough of Politically Speaking, which is why we have two episodes this week. The Politically Speaking crew's latest interview features St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, a Democrat who has held the powerful local office since late 2003.

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Minimum Wage
3:51 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Group Presents Minimum Wage Petitions To Sen. Blunt's Office

Shnette Hooker (L) talks with Allison Dreith of the Missouri Progressive Vote Coalition in Clayton. The two dropped off petitions to Sen. Roy Blunt's office in Clayton in favor of raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Raising the minimum wage would be a big help for people like Shnette Hooker, an employee at a McDonald’s in Spanish Lake. Hooker said, it would allow people “to save a little money,” “take care of their kids” and “get off the assistance that everybody is on.” 

But more than just that, Hooker said boosting the minimum wage is a matter of fairness.

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Politically Speaking
4:23 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Politically Speaking: U.S. Rep. Shimkus On Ukraine's Future and GOP Primary For Illinois Governor

Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum talk about the week’s politics. 

We’ve broken another barrier on the show: U.S. Rep. John Shimkus is the first political figure from Illinois to be a guest on the podcast. The Collinsville Republican has represented large areas of southern Illinois since 1997 and plays a major role on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

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On the Trail
11:54 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

As Lawmakers Debate Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, Syndicators Face More Scrutiny

Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

(Updated 3/17 at 10:30 a.m.)

State Sen. John Lamping learned two important lessons during his relatively short tenure in the Missouri General Assembly: It’s hard to pass new laws; and it’s easy to stop changes to existing ones. 

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Human Trafficking
6:47 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Wagner Takes Aim At Publications Faciliating Sex Trafficking

U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, speaks Thursday at the Old Courthouse downtown. Wagner is sponsoring a bill allowing prosecutors to go after publications like Backpage.com.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

There was a time when Katie Rhoades was sold for sex out of nightclubs, strip clubs, magazines and online websites. She was part of an estimated $45 million industry of what she called “selling human beings online.” 

“It’s a lot of money, said Rhoades, the founder of the Healing Action Network. “It’s a lot of economic incentive to keep this industry going.”

Rhoades said it’s crucial that third-party facilitators of prostitution are held accountable. That’s why she’s supportive of Rep. Ann Wagner’s legislation taking aim at publications advertising human trafficking.

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Politically Speaking
7:49 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Politically Speaking: Republican Hanaway Discusses Why She Wants To Be Governor

Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum talk about the week’s politics.  This week their guest is Republican Catherine Hanaway, the former speaker of the Missouri House and former U.S. attorney for Missouri's eastern district. She's now running for governor in 2016.

On the show, Hanaway talks about her political past and her hoped-for future. Among other things she said:

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Housing
9:01 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Under The Microscope: Questioning Low-Income Housing Tax Credit's Impact And Future

Beyond Housing's Chris Krehmeyer stands in a vacant unit inside Rosie Shields Manor in Pagedale. Krehmeyer's group has developed a number of projects using the low-income housing tax credit, which is under increasing attack in Jefferson City.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

Carl Miles' apartment at Rosie Shields Manor has everything he could want in a home – and then some. 

Miles’ spacious room has sleek wood-like floors and a modern-looking kitchen. He’s within walking distance of a bank and grocery store. And he can even throw parties in the Pagedale facility’s community room or common area – with management’s permission, of course.

“It’s wonderful. It’s a wonderful place to live,” said Miles, who is 70 and retired. “It’s got a lot of security. The people are generally pretty friendly. We socialize a lot. And we have a pretty good time.”

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Low-Income Housing
4:38 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Schweich's Audit Questions Efficiency, Impact Of Low-Income Housing Tax Credit

Credit Provided by the auditor's office

State Auditor Tom Schweich released an audit critical of Missouri’s low-income housing tax credit, saying that the widely used incentive is inefficient and has a “very low” return on investment. 

And the Republican statewide official is hoping the audit will spur the Missouri General Assembly to break a years-long logjam on changing the state’s largest tax credit program.

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On The Trail
9:40 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

With Medicaid Expansion In Limbo, Some Lawmakers See Promise In Collaborating With Critics

Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

State Sen. Rob Schaaf is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to health-care policy. But some believe that this staunch opponent of Medicaid expansion holds the key to ending the legislative impasse over it.

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