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    May 7, 2014

    Chesterfield Threatens to Secede From St. Louis, Join St. Charles County

    Unless Chesterfield can keep more of its sales tax revenue, the city says it's considering leaving St. Louis County and joining up with its neighbors in St. Charles. Chesterfield mayor Bob Nation told the city council Monday night that he thinks it's time to look at secession as a viable option.

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    November 15, 2013

    Missouri to Gays: You Can't Get Married Here, But We Will Take Your Tax Dollars

    Missouri governor Jay Nixon issued an executive order Thursday afternoon requiring the Missouri Department of Revenue to accept joint tax returns for legally married same-sex couples in Missouri. The order means same-sex marriages will be recognized for state tax purposes. The change follows a rul ... More >>

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    September 6, 2013

    St. Louis Parking Spots Free for Art Galleries, Parks, Puppy Pools And More on PARK(ing) Day

    Free parking alert, St. Louis! That is, if you've got an idea of how to use the metered spot in some way other than parking your car. The St. Louis Treasurer's Office, which oversees parking, is participating this year in the international PARK(ing) Day event where folks come up with alternative, c ... More >>

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    June 14, 2013

    Eric Hinson, Former St. Clair Fire Chief, Sentenced For Embezzling Half A Million

    What happens when you steal more than half a million dollars from the fire department you run? In the case of Eric Hinson, you get to spend 35 months in prison -- and have to pay the money back. Hinson, former chief of the St. Clair Fire Protection District and Ladue Fire Department, officials s ... More >>

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    April 8, 2013

    Opening Day: No Free Parking...And the Police Are Watching You!

    Nothing on Planet Earth can get in the way of having a really awesome Opening Day today, right? Wrong! Here's a quick public service announcement for you: No more free parking! In the past, the city has offered free parking to fans on the most important day of the year for St. Louis, but apparentl ... More >>

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    January 29, 2013

    Abortion Debate: NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri Criticizes Tax Credits for Controversial Centers

    So-called crisis pregnancy centers give out all kinds of false information in Missouri -- fueled at times by religious doctrine and designed to intimidate women from seeking abortions. At least that is the argument of NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri, which is speaking out against the potential public fu ... More >>

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    January 24, 2013

    St. Louis Fails Transparency Review: MoPIRG Criticizes City for Lack of Accountability

    How is the City of St. Louis spending taxpayer dollars? It's can be challenging to to answer that question -- at least according to a new report from an organization that has given St. Louis a failing grade for budget transparency and accountability. Missouri's Public Interest Research Group, or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    Cheap Cigs Spent Big Money Defeating Missouri's Prop. B

    Tobacco companies financed the bulk of the paid opposition to last week's Proposition B that would have raised cigarette taxes in Missouri.Two off-brand cigarette manufacturers -- Cheyenne International and Xcaliber International -- each contributed more than $900,000 to the Missouri Petroleum Marke ... More >>

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    November 1, 2012

    Tobacco Tax Critics Warn That Prop B Will Shrink City Coffers. But Mayors Ain't Scared!

    Critics of Proposition B -- which would jack up the state tax on cigarettes from 17 cents to 90 cents per pack -- are warning St. Louis and Kansas City: Don't vote for this! It will actually shrink your revenue! Perhaps, but the powers-that-be don't seem spooked at all: Both our mayor, Francis Slay, ... More >>

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    June 28, 2012

    Post-Dispatch Gets $268,000 Paycheck Courtesy of Missouri Treasurer's Media Buy

    Scenario: You're one of those dinosaurs who still subscribes to the print edition of the Post-Dispatch, and for the third time this week, today you picked the paper off the front lawn to notice something strange. For a paper that seems to be constantly getting slimmer and slimmer, the Post-Dispatch ... More >>

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    March 5, 2012

    Marshall Faulk's St. Louis Condo Sold for Back Taxes

    ​If real estate records are any indication, NFL Hall-of-Famer Marshall Faulk appears to be in a financial tailspin. Earlier today came news that a Florida condominium he owns is in foreclosure and that he owes the condominium association $21,982 in unpaid dues. And it doesn't end there. In 2010 th ... More >>

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    September 22, 2011

    Alderman Fred Wessels Vows to Clean Up St. Louis Treasurer's Office

    Larry Williams hasn't updated his City Hall mugshot since the early '80s.​St. Louis' longtime treasurer, Larry Williams, is on the hot seat after one of his employees was indicted on charges last week that he bilked the city for $175,000 worth of work that federal prosecutors say he never performe ... More >>

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    September 12, 2011

    Study: "Fair Tax" Would Cost Missouri $2.5 Billion, Reduce General Revenue By a Third

    Latest analysis predicts dire consequences of "fair tax."​The Missouri Budget Project is out with a new study that it says shows that several "fair tax" proposals for Missouri would cost the state billions. The report suggests that the efforts of financier Rex Sinquefield to replace Missouri's inc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    Debt Ceiling Debate -- Blueberry Hill Barfly Speaks Out

    Albert SamahaPresident Obama "gave what he had to to get it done," says Vincent.​"An informed citizenry is the bulwark of a democracy" -- Thomas Jefferson The power of The People rests upon our ability to hold elected officials accountable for their positions. This means wading through the s ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    Governor Nixon Toys With City's Hopes for Local Control in Special Session

    Will Governor Nixon throw St. Louis a bone this September?​On Wednesday, Mayor Francis Slay wrote on his blog and the Post-Dispatch reported that a bill to bring local control to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department would be included in the special session now being planned for Septemb ... More >>

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    July 21, 2011

    Todd Akin is One of Those Republicans Willing to See America Default on Debt

    ​Depending on which prominent economist you talk to, a failure to raise the debt ceiling by 12:00 a.m. (EST) August 2, 2011 would either be "doomsday," "calamitous," "a calamity," "serious, and we probably would be thrown into a recession," "could provoke a renewed financial crisis," or someth ... More >>

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    April 11, 2011

    Cinnabon Gives a Free Sugar Boost on Tax Day

    Cinnabon​ Tax Day - even with a few buffer days because who in the world can turn in their taxes on a Friday? That's practically, almost the weekend! - is so stressful. Especially for people who've waited until the very last minute to file. To reward poor time management, mall-based Cinnabon ... More >>

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    March 22, 2011

    Claire McCaskill's "Damn Plane" Now For Sale on Craigslist

    It's a bird ... it's a shit bird pain in the ass!​Well! Look who's selling her private plane on Craigslist! Now, you might think this ad is a joke, but what kind of wiseguy would mock Missouri's senior senator for failing to pay taxes on her personal aircraft for, oh, four freakin' years? ... More >>

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    January 20, 2011

    Nixon Strikes a Frugal Tone as St. Louisans are Outed as Cheapskates

    ​Yesterday was a big day in Missouri frugality. Gov. Jay Nixon proposed $300 million in budget cuts during his State of the State address -- even as the website ranked St. Louis as the fourth-cheapest city in the country. Nixon outlined a plan to knock down the state's 2012 budge ... More >>

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    December 21, 2010

    Comment of the Day: "Living in Civilization Costs Money"

    Today's comment of the day comes in response to Chad Garrison's post about a Fenton man who wants to do away with the state's personal property tax -- which Garrison compared to billionaire financier Rex Sinquefield, who's trying to eliminate the earnings taxes in St. Louis and Kansas City.As "J. Br ... More >>

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    November 24, 2010

    Missourians Are Schizophrenic About Earmarks

    Image via​Our state can't get its story straight.  Yesterday, The New York Times' unpacked the debate over earmarks (are they good or evil?) by focusing on the St. Louis experience. Here's a quote from our mayor, Francis Slay, on Senator Kit Bond's love of federal $$$ and how Bond corralled i ... More >>

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    October 15, 2010

    Senate Debate: Carnahan Goes for the Jugular; Blunt Dons His Teflon Suit and Counterattacks

    ​Robin Carnahan wasted no time going after her Republican opponent, Roy Blunt, in the first face-off between the two candidates yesterday. Sporting an aqua-marine blouse, Carnahan leaned on the dais during her two-minute opening statement and blasted Blunt with allegations made in her campaign ads ... More >>

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    October 8, 2010

    New York City Says No Food Stamps for Sodas

    Despite possible legal roadblocks, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg issues a plan to make sugar-sweetened soft drink ineligible for food stamps. The New York Times reports that New York City requested permission from the USDA to perform a two-year experiment to ban soda purchases with food stam ... More >>

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    September 28, 2010

    Hearings This Morning on St. Louis Casino Proposals

    A rendering of Casino Celebration at I-270 and Riverview.​Got anything to say in support or opposition to two casino proposals currently under consideration in St. Louis? Then head on down to the Renaissance Hotel at the airport a.s.a.p. That's where the Missouri Gaming Commission is holding heari ... More >>

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    September 20, 2010

    Kansas City Asks Judge to Bar Earnings Tax Measure from Ballot

    A judge in Cole County has until today to decide on a request from Kansas City officials that a controversial measure be kept off the November ballot. Proposition A would ask Missouri voters to bar earnings taxes in cities that don't already have them and require residents of St. Louis and Kansas Ci ... More >>

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    August 13, 2010

    John Steffen: Owner of Pyramid Construction Indicted for Fraud

    One of the St. Louis' biggest downtown developers of the past decade was indicted this morning on federal fraud charges.georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.govJohn Steffen (left) and fellow St. Louis developer Craig Heller receive a preservation award from Laura Bush in May 2007.​The United States Att ... More >>

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    June 14, 2010

    Last Refuge of the Penny-Pinching Smoker: Missouri!

    Image viaCheap cheap! Gummed lungs!​On July 1, Missouri will have the cheapest smokes in the entire U.S. of A.Previously, only South Carolina's excise tax was lower. But last month, lawmakers there voted to increase it to 57 cents per pack. In Missouri, the bargain basement ciggie tax is still at ... More >>

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    June 8, 2010

    Local Producers the Trak Starz Charged With Allegedly Failing to File Federal Income Taxes

    Jennifer SilverbergThe Trak Starz in 2004​Shamar Daugherty and Alonzo Lee -- a.k.a. the Trak Starz, one of the city's most-decorated and prolific hip-hop/pop production teams -- have been charged with "allegedly failing to file federal income taxes," according to the Post-Dispatch. Yesterday, ... More >>

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    May 6, 2010

    Missouri Could Soon Have Lowest Cigarette Tax in Nation if South Carolina Bill Becomes Law

    Missourah: Smoking with little cents since 1821.​The South Carolina legislature yesterday approved a bill that would raise cigarette taxes in that state from a nationwide low of 7 cents per pack to 57 cents. South Carolina governor Mark Sanford has said he'll veto the bill, though given the strong ... More >>

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    April 14, 2010

    Mustache Institute Demands Tax Break for Lip Hair

    In an eleventh-hour move, the St. Louis-based American Mustache Institute today (Tax Day Eve) rolled out an initiative calling on the federal government to allow deductions for mustache wearers. The group is asking for a $250 tax break, which is what it says mustached men (and women), must spend eac ... More >>

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    April 6, 2010

    Future of St. Louis Public Transportation Up for Vote Today

    Will Metro make it this time?​Voters in St. Louis County today will be asked to approve a half-cent sales tax hike for Metro. If approved, Proposition A would also trigger quarter-cent tax increase in the city. All told, the tax hike would raise $70-$80 million a year for Metro, which plans to use ... More >>

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    March 17, 2010

    Cents Less: Budget Cut of $7 Million Would Cost Missouri $38 Million in Federal Funds

    Bill would send $38.7 million in federal funds down the crapper.​A budget bill making its way through Jefferson City could have a devastating impact on child care in Missouri.  Legislators in the Missouri House are looking to balance a projected $500-million budget gap for fiscal 2011. In so ... More >>

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    March 1, 2010

    Tax-Exempt Missouri Yacht Buyers Might Be Drowned by Bills

    Wikimedia CommonsAhoy, Jeff City! Days may be numbered for yacht owners' tax exemptions.​OK, what's more surprising about this scoop from the Kansas City Star? A) that Missouri is home to some 16,000 yachts, or, B) that none of 'em are subject to state sales taxes.The Star reports that as Jeff Cit ... More >>

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    May 12, 2009

    'Fess Up Now: Who Left Their Lint Brush in a Safe-Deposit Box?

    Missouri State Treasurer's OfficePill boxes, salad tongs and a lint brush: Who would ever leave such treasures in a safe deposit box ? It's that time of year again: The Missouri State Treasurer's Office is trying desperately to clean out its vault full of unclaimed loot. (These are items that folks ... More >>

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    April 15, 2009

    FoodWire: Tax-Day Specials at McCormick & Schmick's

    New seafood restaurant McCormick & Schmick's (17 West County Center) is offering special deals to ease the pain of tax day. Some menu items will cost only $10.40, and diners will receive a coupon for $10.40 toward a future visit to the restaurant. 

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    March 16, 2009

    View Kit Bond's Federal Earmarks

    You've heard the news. The bank bailouts, free-falling economy and global financial panic haven't stopped a few legislators from earmarking massive pork projects for their home states. Chief among those free-spending law makers is Christopher "Kit" Bond. The senior senator from Missouri ranks sixth ... More >>

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    November 12, 2008

    Free Movie!

    It's all about the Benjamins

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    June 25, 2008
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    October 5, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 10/5

    The recall of E. coli-tainted Topps Meat Co. meat began September 25. The FDA knew about the contamination on September 7. Understandable concern about the delay. (New York Times) The head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas thinks higher food prices might be here to stay. ... More >>

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    September 6, 2007

    The Tax Man Calleth

    The City of St. Louis and scores of other municipalities across the state are slated to get a whole lot richer in coming months thanks to lawsuits filed against a half-dozen cell-phone carriers. As reported here last week, several wireless companies have begun settlement negotiations with more than ... More >>

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    August 27, 2007
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    August 14, 2007
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    July 17, 2002

    Numbers Game

    Tax exemption for fat cats is the only issue Shrewsbury and Krewson won't talk about

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    March 6, 2002

    Giants' Lesson: Part 1

    Building a baseball stadium without buckets of public money

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    June 27, 2001

    Dear Dubya

    Cardinals owner William DeWitt Jr. catches up with an old friend

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    June 20, 2001

    The Health (Club) Menace

    Competition is healthy for the marketplace -- except when the government tips the scales

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    May 16, 2001

    Base Motives

    Well-heeled cities and developers keep TIF reform at bay

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    January 12, 2000


    The strategy for a new baseball stadium includes enlisting the involvement of key downtown developers while limiting public say over subsidies

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    May 19, 1999
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