Increasing police efforts
4:08 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

St. Louis Mayor Slay Outlines Plans To Fund More Police

Credit St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 5:00 with comments from Mayor Slay.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said Wednesday he's found a way to fund 160 additional police officers over the next two years, plus get money for proven crime prevention programs and more training for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. 

"We can do things like look for more efficiencies, and do hiring freezes, things like that, but it's not going to raise the necessary dollars to hire that many cops," Slay said. "Cops are very expensive, but it's money well-spent."  

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St. Louis County Council
5:20 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

As St. Louis County Finalizes 2014 Budget, McCulloch's Office Gets Funding Boost

St. Louis Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch
Credit Courtesy of Bob McCulloch's office

The St. Louis County Council gave final approval to its 2014 budget, keeping most of St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley’s recommendations.

But the council did make funding changes at the request of St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch. Some money will go to adding staffers for a diversion program aimed at keeping first-time offenders out of prison.

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Budget Withholds
3:19 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Mo. Supreme Court Rejects Challenge To Withheld Appropriations

The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that auditor Tom Schweich could not file a lawsuit challenging $170 million withheld from the 2012 budget.
(via Flickr/David_Shane)

Missouri auditor Tom Schweich had no authority to challenge Gov. Jay Nixon's decision to withhold about $170 million from the budget for fiscal year 2012 before the spending plan actually went into effect.

That was the ruling today from six of the justices on the Missouri Supreme Court. Judge Paul Wilson did not participate.

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8:52 am
Sun May 12, 2013

Slay Says STL-TV Is Luxury City Can't Afford

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay
Credit St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will resume discussions next week of the city’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The budget presented to the board by Mayor Francis Slay totals $985 million.

Among the cuts to the budget that Slay is proposing includes essentially eliminating the city’s cable TV channel, known as STL-TV.

The cut was rejected by the board of estimate and apportionment, but Slay says he remains confident that the Board of Aldermen will see that STL-TV is a luxury the city can’t afford.

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Governor Race
8:05 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Large Gap In Nixon, Spence Remaining Campaign Budget

(Nixon: via Missouri Governor’s website, Spence: courtesy Alpha Packaging)

Gov. Jay Nixon entered the final month before the November elections with three times as much campaign cash as his Republican challenger.

Finance figures released Monday show the Democratic governor had $4.9 million in his campaign account at the start of October, compared with $1.5 million for St. Louis businessman Dave Spence.

Ill. facility closures
5:22 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Tamms, other prisons will stay open for another month

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
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Two major Illinois prisons and other facilities will stay open for at least another month after an arbitrator ruled Gov. Pat Quinn's administration violated workers' rights in rushing to close them

Arbitrator Steven Bierig concluded Friday that the state departments of Corrections and Juvenile Justice did not properly negotiate with workers over the impact of closing the supermax Tamms prison, the Dwight women's lockup and several juvenile facilities. 

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4:10 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

City posts small surplus for last fiscal year

The top three elected officials at St. Louis' City Hall have finished their work on the FY12 budget. Now, it's up to the aldermen.

The extra sales tax generated by a long postseason of baseball helped St. Louis city end the fiscal year with a $4.3 million surplus, but officials say that sigh of relief is only temporary.

Revenue was up just about $4 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30, driven by higher hotel and sales taxes from the World Series. Lower-than-expected spending made up the rest of the surplus.

It's always better to have more money than expected, says city budget director Paul Payne, but the growth may not be sustainable.

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St. Louis County Parks
9:30 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

St. Louis County Parks Department business plan shows a $500,000 budget shortfall next year

A tour group in Fort Bellefontaine County Park.
(via Flickr/Trailnet)

The St. Louis County Parks Department presented its business plan to the County Council last night, and for now, no park closures are being discussed. 

Officials with the parks department said they’re doing their best to cut unnecessary expenses and uncover new revenue streams, but currently the department has a $500,000 budget shortfall for 2013.

The budget outlook could get much worse in 2014, and Parks Department Director Tom Ott said they would need to make drastic cuts without adequate funding.

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Illinois State Budget
12:39 pm
Sat June 30, 2012

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signs budget that cuts school funding

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a state budget that cuts millions of dollars in school funding and public safety spending.

In one key change to the spending blueprint adopted by the General Assembly in May, Quinn vetoed financing for prisons he wants to close.
He announced plans Saturday to try to redirect those funds to the state agency charged with caring for neglected and abused children.

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Morning round-up
6:35 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Morning headlines - Friday, June 22, 2012

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Nixon will announce budget cuts today

Gov. Jay Nixon is expected to announce today if he’ll make any reductions to the state budget – ending weeks of speculation for university and social service program administrators.

Nixon this week signed legislation funding public schools and the state departments of health and mental health without making any cuts.

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