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St. Louis City-County Merger

After decades of contemplation and debate, a group known as Better Together is recommending an end to the “Great Divorce” between St. Louis and St. Louis County.

Better Together is proposing an ambitious plan to create a unified metro government and police department and limit municipalities' ability to levy sales taxes. The plan would be decided through a statewide vote.

Proponents contend it will scrape away layers of local government that has been holding the St. Louis region back. Opponents believe the plan will create an unwieldy and large centralized government that could be implemented against the will of city and county residents.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 3, 2011 - Castling is the only maneuver in chess that allows a player to re-position two pieces with one move. Each player may castle only once per game and then only under specified circumstances, which I won't bother to detail because enthusiasts already know the rules and non-players don't care.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 22, 2011 - State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-St. Louis, may be against local control of the St. Louis police department -- but she does support allowing St. Louis to re-enter St. Louis County.

Chappelle-Nadal announced today she has filed Senate Joint Resolution 19, which would ask Missouri voters "if the city should become a part of the county and exist in the same manner as any other city in the county."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 26, 2011 - Historian Colin Gordon takes the long view when it comes to understanding how St. Louis has fared during the nation's recent economic downturn -- and his perspective isn't pretty.

While the Great Recession brought some cities -- think Detroit and the auto industry -- to the brink rather abruptly, Gordon argues that the St. Louis region's economic pain was deepened by the financial meltdown of 2008, but it has been festering here for decades, partly due to self-inflicted wounds.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 20, 2010 - St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley says that Republican rival Bill Corrigan's latest ad attacking a city-county merger contains "an outright lie'' by asserting that county residents would be stuck with the city of St. Louis' pension and debt payments of $30 million.

Corrigan contends that he's telling the truth.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 20, 2010 - The question of how to end the longtime divorce between St. Louis and St. Louis County won't be on the ballot next month, but the election results could spark discussions for some sort of governmental combination.

That's the view of former St. Louis County Supervisor Gene McNary, who was one of three panelists talking about city-county relations in a debate at Washington University Tuesday night.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 5, 2009 - In case Mayor Francis Slay's inaugural remarks about the City of St. Louis re-entering St. Louis County after more than 130 years apart are more than symbolic, here is some advice for those seeking to restructure local governments within the region.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 21, 2009 - After being sworn in for a third term, Mayor Francis Slay said Tuesday that it is time for the city to start working to re-enter St. Louis County.

In a speech previewed on his website, Slay said it was time for St. Louis to leave many old problems and old attitudes in the past.