The people of St. Louis received great news today from Governor Jay Nixon. He has included two vitally important issues in his call for a special session of the Missouri General Assembly: Local Control and Aerotropolis.
The General Assembly will take up the two issues early next month.
Local Control has overwhelming support in the Missouri House of Representatives. With the St. Louis Police Officers Association on board in support of Local Control, it is my hope that the legislation will come to a vote in the Missouri Senate. If the legislation passes, the people of St. Louis would control our own police department for the first time in 150 years. That, in turn, would mean that we - not people in Jeff City ' would be responsible for the decisions on how to make our neighborhoods safer.
Aerotropolis ' shorthand for a set of tools to increase exports and foreign trade with China and the rest of the world ' is an issue on which urban St. Louis and rural Missouri legislators can readily agree. It means adding jobs to assemble, manufacture, grow, produce, handle, store, and transport a range of goods ' both here and in outstate Missorui. And expanded imports and exports at Lambert Airport could also bring down landing fees, which will help the airport attract more passenger service.
The Governor gave this a lot of thought. Then, he made the right decisions.