government

St. Louis on the Air
1:11 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Sinquefield, Laffer Discuss Their Tax Theories

Economist Art Laffer talks to 'St. Louis on the Air' host Don Marsh on Tuesday at St. Louis Public Radio in St. Louis.
Jason Rosenbaum St. Louis Public Radio

What would happen if you no longer had to pay income taxes?

Retired financial executive Rex Sinquefield and economist Art Laffer believe it would lead to economic growth and wealth.

“Sometimes when you lower taxes, you get less money. But sometimes you create enough economic activity to actually get more revenues,” Laffer told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh on Tuesday. “If you start lowering taxes from very high levels, you can actually sometimes actually increase revenues. Not all the time, but sometimes that happens.”

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St. Louis on the Air
1:14 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Homeless Advocate Discusses Career, Challenges Facing St. Louis

Bill Siedhoff

After 13 years, homeless advocate Bill Siedhoff stepped down in November from his post as director of the St. Louis Department of Human Services.

“It’s been a very rewarding career, I would say,” Siedhoff told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh on Wednesday. As director, Siedhoff was responsible for overseeing services for youth, the elderly, the disabled and the homeless.

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Rule And Inequality
9:32 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

Commentary: Obama, Christie and Dooley Through A Machiavellian Lens

Niccolo Machiavelli
Credit Wikipedia | Santi di Tito

In common parlance, use of the adjective “Machiavellian” implies a ruthless practice of politics where ends justify means and maintenance of power is the ultimate goal. Yet, a careful reading of “The Prince” and “The Discourses” leads to a more nuanced view of this political philosopher.

He certainly reflected 15th century Italy, populated by city-states that competed with each other in many realms. Interestingly, Machiavelli’s ruminations on human nature and governance can help to illuminate the peculiar politics of early 21st century America, nationally and locally.

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Gridlock
9:10 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

Commentary: Is It Time To Question The Very Structure Of Government

Credit Wikipedia

A recent David Brooks column in the New York Times dealt with the frozen gridlocked government in Washington, D.C.  This gridlock prevents the enactment of new programs or the adaptation of existing ones.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:35 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Did St. Louis Leaders Let Its Greatness ‘Slip Away?’

(via Flickr/NathanReed)

When it comes to successfully or unsuccessfully governing and managing communities, leadership decisions can make or break a city or region.

St. Louis has been cited as a city “that let greatness slip away over the 20th century.”  That’s the contention of Colin Gordon, Professor of History at the University of Iowa, in his book, Mapping Decline…St. Louis and the Fate of the American City.

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Illinois Government
2:01 pm
Tue May 3, 2011

Senate rejects plan to streamline Ill. government

Illinois senators have rejected a plan to streamline government across the state.

The plan would have established a commission to recommend which units of government to eliminate. Then lawmakers would have voted to accept or reject the recommendation.

Only 14 senators supported the idea Tuesday. Thirty voted "no."

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