Why do I get the feeling that they’re pulling a fast one over on us? Oh yeah, my whitey sense is tingling.
In principle and in theory, I agree with most of the meat-and-potatoes proposals.
I guess what’s bothering me about this is that the impetus isn’t a desire for good governance, but instead, social justice, especially black-white race relations and gaps. And when people start screaming social justice and SJW too loudly, my whitey sense tells me that the rich and powerful want to be even more so. Another problem I have is that this group seems like it started with the conclusion and concluded with the reasoning, the conclusion being that a consummate city-county merger, including police, fire, and (left unstated but you know is coming) public education, is necessary. And I think the real reason why civic elites want that is that so white people in St. Louis County can act as a statistical cover for black pathology; as of right now, St. Louis City proper is consistently one of the very worst cities for violent crime and STI rates. Combine everything, and St. Louis’s violent crime and STI and education problems magically go away.
Also, a formal city-county merger would mean that they both share a common state judicial circuit, solving the city’s Bronx jury (and judge) problem, and also meaning no more civil lawsuit jury shopping to the city, also meaning that city residents who are qualified to serve on juries are no longer called in for jury duty close to the legal minimum frequency of once every two years; St. Louis County residents don’t get JD notices very often. As an aside, you see in the article toward the end that the pressure group funded by St. Louis County’s municipalities is opposed to this, for personal and obvious reasons. But if the merger and consolidation plans really take legs, then I expect various trial lawyer groups to pump rivers of money into opponents’ coffers, because they don’t want to lose the stick-it-to-da-man 22nd state judicial circuit of St. Louis City.