St. Louis Public Radio's Rachel Lippmann explores Proposition R - the "reduction" amendment.
On Tuesday, St. Louisans will once again be asked if they want to make a major change to the structure of government in the city.
Proposition R would cut the size of the Board of Aldermen in half following the next census. The board itself put the measure on the ballot in July, just before taking a break for the summer, and the campaign in the midst of an already crowded election season began in earnest in September.
A four-year legal struggle over whether Missouri’s home care workers can unionize is finally over.
The Missouri Supreme Court has chosen to let stand the most recent ruling surrounding the results of a 2010 election, in which a majority of home care workers voted to form a labor union. A circuit court judge had blocked the state from certifying the election results, but the Court of Appeals for the Western District reversed that decision. The High Court’s decision to take no further action means that home care workers can begin negotiations on a union contract with the state.
Groups including the ACLU and NAACP have long supported local control of police. But Chair of the Organization for Black Struggle, Montague Simmons, says Proposition A would undercut transparency and citizen oversight.
“The banner head that they’re using for local control, we built credibility for,” Simmons says. “People understand it and they identify directly with citizen review. They identify it with accountability and transparency. Absent that, people will be buying in to something they can’t live with.”