FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 24, 2014
Contact: Arielle Klagsbrun, email@example.com
Take Back St. Louis Files Appeal On Permanent Injunction Ruling for Ballot Initiative
ST. LOUIS -- The Take Back St. Louis coalition filed a notice of appeal with the Eastern Missouri court of appeals yesterday challenging a judge’s granting of a permanent injunction on a municipal ballot initiative. The Take Back St. Louis initiative was removed from the April 8th ballot by the granting of a temporary restraining order. The judge ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, represented by a former Peabody lobbyist, finding that the initiative’s directives on the local allocation of tax increment financing (TIFs) conflicted with state law. The Take Back St. Louis coalition is looking to place the issue on the November ballot.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 27, 2014
Contact: Arielle Klagsbrun, 617 869 8345, firstname.lastname@example.org
Take Back St. Louis Statement Regarding Judge’s Ruling on Permanent Injunction
Today, Judge Dierker ruled with the plaintiffs in passing a permanent injunction on the Take Back St. Louis initiative, saying that the initiative conflicts with state law on the regulation of TIFs (tax increment financing) and Special Business District financing. In response, Take Back St. Louis has issued the following statement.
We are deeply disappointed that the Judge chose to side with the corporate plaintiffs over the people. The Judge’s decision rests on the nuances of state-level TIF (tax increment financing) and Special Business District law. While the Judge asserts that any local direction on these tax breaks conflicts with state law, the Take Back St. Louis campaign strongly contends that the Mayor’s office everyday directs and makes judgments on who gets tax breaks in the City of St. Louis. An average person does not have the same shot at a tax break in this City as a billion-dollar corporation. The Take Back St. Louis initiative was initially conceived of to correct the Mayor’s failings in...
With the legislative session coming to an end this month, Missouri lawmakers have officially passed the ‘Peabody bill’, an amendment designed specifically to obstruct the Take Back St. Louis ballot initiative and eliminate citizens’ rights to control the allocation of their tax dollars through the ballot initiative process. By using Missouri law as a means to further a corporate agenda and subvert the democratic process in St. Louis, Mayor Slay has proven yet again that he’ll do anything to keep the power out of the hands of citizens and in the hands of the big corporations he’s so deeply involved with.
We always knew that Mayor Slay was not a huge fan of the Take Back St. Louis initiative. This wasn't surprising given how much of his campaign contributions come from big corporations. Again and again, the Mayor has gone out of his way to protect tax breaks to big corporations without any thought to how those tax breaks impact the public schools or city neighborhoods.
Now, Mayor Slay has gone to the greatest lengths possible to protect Peabody Coal, the world's largest coal company. With Peabody's lobbyists, he has drafted and is lobbying for a state-wide amendment to ban citizen-driven ballot initiatives from regulating tax breaks to coal corporations in the City of St. Louis. 22,000 people signed the Take Back St. Louis initiative because they wanted a vote on how the Mayor's office consistently gives away tax breaks to big corporations like Peabody, Ameren and Laclede. Yet, the Mayor's office would rather side with Peabody Coal than his own constituents. There are less than 72 hours left in the legislative session for Mayor Slay and Peabody to get this bill passed. We know that Mayor Slay has personally been calling legislators, so we want to make some calls of our own.