Lewis Reed

Firefighter pensions
3:25 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Reed lays out his plan for cuts to firefighter pensions

Board of Aldermen president Lewis Reed (center bottom) outlines a deal he has reached with firefighters on reductions to their pensions - a deal not supported by Mayor Francis Slay.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The dispute over the best way to reduce the cost of firefighter pensions in the city of St. Louis continued on Friday, with Lewis Reed, the president of the Board of Aldermen, laying out his plan.

Reed, whose Twitter feed tracked the progress of a Thursday late-night meeting among himself, firefighters, and selected aldermen, says his plan will reduce the city's required contribution into the Fireman's Retirement System for next year by $7.6 million. Reed unveiled the plan at a City Hall news conference Friday.

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Pensions and politics
2:05 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Political fight over firefighter pensions continues

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The political fight raging over Mayor Francis Slay’s efforts to reform the pension system for St. Louis city firefighters continued at City Hall Friday.

The dispute started last week when board president Lewis Reed refused to assign the bills to a committee. Reed contends the board's rules give him until next Friday, Feb. 25, to make a decision.

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Firefighter pensions
4:47 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Aldermanic committe opens discussion on firefighter pensions

Alds. Craig Schmid, Jennifer Florida, Scott Ogilvie and Tom Villa (R-L) listen to city operations director Sam Dotson present on Mayor Slay's pension plan.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Though they had no legislation to officially consider, members of the Public Employees Committee of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen spent almost three hours today discussing proposed changes to the pension system for the city's firefighters.

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Furloughs deferred
5:44 pm
Wed August 24, 2011

City delays vote on mandatory furloughs for employees

City employees will have to wait another month to find out if they'll be forced to take more furloughs.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Saying they could not in good conscience declare that the city of St. Louis is in a fiscal crisis when it had a budget surplus last year, two members of the Board of Estimate and Apportionment on Wednesday forced a delay on implementing a third year of furloughs for city employees.

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St. Louis budget
2:20 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

St. Louis city budget in the hands of the aldermen

A budget that proposes laying off 20 city workers to help close a $30 million gap is in the hands of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen.

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Morning round-up
9:33 am
Fri April 8, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, April 8, 2011

A deal between President pro-tem Rob Mayer and fellow Republican Jim Lembke of St. Louis County cuts state jobless benefits from 26 weeks down to 20 weeks, ending a month-long filibuster.
Flickr/FiredUpMissouri

Missouri Republican Senators End Filibuster

Missouri's Senate has embraced a plan to extend federally funded jobless benefits while cutting eligibility for state-funded benefits.  Several Republican senators upset about federal spending ended a filibuster Thursday against legislation renewing the federal long-term benefits. That came after the Senate voted to cut state jobless benefits by six weeks, to a maximum of 20 weeks.

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Local Control
1:44 pm
Thu April 7, 2011

St. Louis aldermanic president calls state Senator "not fit to lead"

President of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen Lewis Reed (left), and Mo. State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal.
(St. Louis Board of Aldermen & Missouri Senate websites)

The newly re-elected President of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen has called a controversial state Senator "unfit to lead," and is asking her to step down over remarks she made about black politicians who are supporting local control of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

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St. Louis Firefighter Layoffs
5:13 pm
Fri March 25, 2011

St. Louis firefighter layoffs postponed again

Firefighter Jeff Ratermann (bkgd) and Mayor Francis Slay listen to a presentation about the city's budget during a meeting of the Board of Estimate and Apportionment. The Board delayed laying off 30 firefighters for another week.
(Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio)

The "long and arduous" fight over the budget for the city's fire department will go on for another week.

The three-member Board of Estimate and Apportionment tabled the layoffs of 30 firefighters at the request of Board of Aldermen president Lewis Reed. Reed, comptroller Darlene Green, and Mayor Francis Slay will make the ultimate decision about the layoffs.

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