St. Louis Fights Energy Ballot Proposal
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The city of St. Louis wants Missouri lawmakers to block a local ballot measure designed to prevent coal company Peabody Energy from earning state tax incentives.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Mayor Francis Slay's office lobbied for language in two bills before the state Legislature that would keep city voters from considering a ballot measure barring companies that engage in "unsustainable" energy production from receiving St. Louis tax incentives.
A scheduled early April vote on the measure was temporarily blocked by a judge as part of a lawsuit challenging the proposal brought by the group Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment.
Jeff Rainford, Slay's chief of staff, called the petition "an anarchist's dream" that "would do severe damage to the city's economy."