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Firefighter pensions
1:20 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Firefighters continue battle against proposed pension changes

IAFF Local 73 president Chris Molitor, front, outlines his union's objections to proposed pension changes at City Hall on February 10, 2012.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis city firefighters took their objections to pension reform proposals from Mayor Francis Slay to City Hall on Friday, the day the legislation making the changes was formally introduced.

Firefighters say they don't object to the cost-saving proposals in the bills, including reduced disability payments for firefighters who can be retrained for a second career, and a two-tier system that could reduce pension benefits for new hires.

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Firefighter pensions
11:52 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Slay proposes drastic changes to city firefighter pensions

Mayor Francis Slay is proposing major changes to the firefighter's pension system that could reduce benefits for new hires.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 12:20 p.m. with comments from the firefighters union.

Updated at 3:55 p.m. with timeframe, and more comments from Mayor Slay and the union.

Saying the current system is financially unsustainable and could result in huge reductions to city services, Mayor Francis Slay has officially unveiled his plan to change pensions for the St. Louis city firefighters.

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Ill. State of the State
7:59 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Quinn to call for higher dropout age in Ill.

Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky was used in this story.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn will endorse legislation in his State of the State address next week that would raise Illinois' high school dropout age to 18, according to a statement from the Democrat's office.

The proposal would answer a call from fellow Democrat Barack Obama, who in his State of the Union address on Tuesday urged states to keep students in high school long enough for them to get their diploma.

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Capping state spending
11:50 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Mo. House approves constitutional spending limit

The chambers of the Missouri House of Representatives.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

One day after giving it first-round approval, the Missouri House has passed a proposed constitutional amendment to place spending caps on the state budget.

During final debates, State Representative Jeanette Mott Oxford (D, St. Louis) argued that limiting spending to the yearly inflation rate and population growth could make it very hard for lawmakers to address critical needs in the future.

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Capping state spending
3:44 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Mo. House endorses capping state budget

Mo. Capitol
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

A proposed constitutional amendment that would place caps on the state budget has received first-round approval in the Missouri House.

The measure would limit state spending each year to the annual rate of inflation and would take population growth into account.  The sponsor, State Representative Eric Burlison (R, Springfield), told fellow lawmakers that they should follow the example of everyday citizens who have to balance their household budgets.  Democrats,however, including Leonard Hughes of Kansas City, argued that the proposed ballot measure would be redundant.

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State of the State
5:58 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Nixon proposes $23 billion operating budget for 2012 in State of State address

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon speaks to the leadership of both parties in the House of Representatives and Senate before delivering the State of the State address at the State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri on January 17, 2012.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Governor Jay Nixon delivered his annual State of the State Address Tuesday night.  He touched briefly on the state budget and other issues, while spending lots of time showcasing his administration’s accomplishments and praising the values of Missouri citizens as he prepares for his re-election bid this fall.  St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin recaps the address.

Beginning on a somber note

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St. Louis County Jail repairs
2:41 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

St. Louis County jail roof needs $394,000 in repairs

The St. Louis County Jail is located in the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton, Mo.
(Courtesy Nate Birt/Clayton-RichmondHeights.Patch.com)

The St. Louis County Public Works department is asking the County Council for permission to use more than $394,000 in unspent funds to make emergency repairs to the roof of the county jail.

Public works spokesman David Wrone says a hailstorm last spring punched pin-sized holes in the membrane of the roof. Resulting water leaks damaged mechanical and electrical equipment, as well as left some day rooms and cells on the 8th floor unusable.

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Ill. closures
9:43 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Quinn, legislative leaders reach deal to keep state facilities open

Gov. Quinn and legislative leaders have reached a deal to keep seven state facilities open until June, avoiding almost 2,000 layoffs.
(via Flickr/anneh632)

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn and the state's top four lawmakers have reached a deal to keep seven state facilities open until June.

Quinn had targeted mental health centers and centers and developmentally disabled, as well as a prison in Lincoln, for closure, saying the legislature had failed to appropriate enough money to operate them for the entire year.  The closures could have resulted in nearly 2,000 layoffs.

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from St. Louis on the Air
4:53 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

St. Louis County debates budget shortfall, park closures

2012 Proposed St. Louis County Park Closures, explore full map via the link in the story below.
(via St. Louis County website)

St. Louis County Council members gather tonight at 6:00 p.m. to discuss County Executive Charlie Dooley’s proposed budget for 2012.  Facing flat revenues and a budget shortfall, Dooley has proposed $10 million in spending cuts that would close 23 county parks and eliminate up to 133 Parks & Recreation Department employees.

The budget has been under fire from council members, citizens, and environmental groups, many of whom are calling for more equitable cuts across county departments.

Former County Park Ranger Marty Koch joined Dooley’s Senior Policy Advisor Mike Jones today on St. Louis on the Air.

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St. Louis County
11:43 am
Tue November 1, 2011

Dooley proposes St. Louis County budget cutting jobs, parks

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley.
(St. Louis County website)

St. Louis County Executive is defending his proposed budget that includes layoffs and closing some 20 parks and other facilities. In a letter to the county council dated Tuesday, Dooley laid out the options for dealing with declining property tax revenues and rising costs. Dooley says it’s time for the county to live within its means.

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