• Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    Proxy Twitter War Between Mayor Francis Slay and Board President Lewis Reed Heats Up

    As Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed prepares to announce today he'll run against Mayor Francis Slay in the election next spring, their respective camps are increasingly battling it out on "the Twitter."

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Lee Enterprises Defers Pension Payments to Employees

    Post-Dispatch employees enrolled in the Pulitzer pension plan received letters this weekend notifying them that Lee Enterprises chose to exercise an election that allowed the company to defer paying into the plan for all of 2011. So Lee deferred making payments to employee pensions for 2011, but gav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    St. Louis Firefighters' Pension Argument Fails Bullshit Detector

    ​Earlier this week Chris Molitor, president of the firefighters' union Local 73, wrote a guest commentary in the Post-Dispatch criticizing Mayor Francis Slay's push to reform the firefighters' pension. The pension, btw, now accounts for a third of the fire department's total budget, has more than ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    Cardinals Playoffs Means No Furloughs for St. Louis Employees

    City workers won't be benched with the Cards in the World Series.​Thanks to the Cardinals' postseason run, city employees won't be forced to take another furlough this year. Mayor Francis Slay's office announced yesterday that the city will take in an estimated $2 million in taxes from the seven p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Deal for Local Control of St. Louis Police Flies in Face of Conventional Logic

    Local Control, the movie.​St. Louis City Hall and the St. Louis Police Officers Association announced yesterday that they've struck a deal that could return control of the department back to the city for the first time in 150 years. In doing so, the city bucked a nationwide trend by guarante ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    St. Louis Firefighters Get Hosed; City Eliminates 30 Positions in First Layoff in Years

    Fighting fire with fire-ings, naturally.​St. Louis plans to fire 30 firefighters -- the most it can terminate without closing engine houses -- in anticipation of the fire department's pension fund increasing by $4.7 million next fiscal year.The layoffs are the first time in recent memory that the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    Bill Corrigan: New Ad Opposes County-City Merger, Has Francis Slay Calling B.S.​Bill Corrigan, the Republican candidate for St. Louis County Executive, is out with a new campaign commercial meant to scare voters over a proposed merger of the county and St. Louis City. The ad (viewable on Corrigan's website) claims that the merger -- which incumbent Charlie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2007

    Memo Time

    Nothing to worry about. A City of St. Louis pension task force formed in 2005 is toiling away to bridge a multimillion-dollar funding gap, but evidently some city employees are just as nervous about the tinkering as at the prospect of retiring broke. To paraphrase one city employee: What are they ... More >>

  • News

    May 22, 2002

    Conduct Unbecoming

    Bill Beachum, war hero and Disabled American Veterans honcho, had an out-of-control dream that may soon land him in jail. Question is, was he the only old soldier on a mission of greed?