St. Louis Unite: Slay, Dooley Call for Open Minds at City/County Merger Symposium
Former Indiana senator and Indianapolis mayor Richard Lugar shared the benefits and hardships his area faced when Indianapolis and Marion County unified governments and tasks:
Lugar met with every member of the legislature in Indiana. "They were not all appreciative of what we wanted to do." #MergeSTL— SLU LAW (@SLULAW) February 28, 2014
The afternoon panels mostly focused on the national, state and local history that led to the City/County split, how siloed municipalities contribute to the decline of communities and how a merger may affect crime:
Fragmentation is a structural impediment to community formation. If you can't invest, you will decline. James Buford #mergestl— Sophie Zavaglia (@SophieZavaglia) February 28, 2014
Constitutional law professor Steven Steinglass: 'Missouri has one of the easiest constitutions in the country to change.' #MergeSTL— Tony Messenger (@tonymess) February 28, 2014
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