May Program Meeting – Are We Better Together? City-Council Merger – What now?


Guest Speaker – Tony Messenger
Metro Columnist
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Our meeting will feature Pulitzer Prize winning journalist – Tony Messenger who will provide an overview of the Better Together City-County merger proposal. Mr. Messenger has written a number of columns on the issues and presented the pros and cons as more information has become available to the public.

Tony Messenger is the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s metro columnist, a position he’s held since Sept. 2015. Previously, he had been the editorial page editor from July 2012 to Sept. 2015. He joined the P-D in 2008 as a capital correspondent and political columnist in Jefferson City.

He began his career at a small weekly newspaper in Colorado, where he was born and raised. He has worked in Colorado, Arizona, Nebraska, South Dakota and Missouri at weeklies, dailies and magazines.

Tony Messenger Columns on “Better Together Plan”:

Messenger: Better Together plans to file a new initiative petition — Stenger won’t be king

Messenger: Better Together is a tax cut Trojan horse, St. Louis municipal leader says

The City-County Governance Task Force recommends the creation of a new class of local government in the State of Missouri called a metropolitan city that embodies four core principles:

  • A unified approach to government economic development
  • A unified approach to public safety
  • More efficient use of tax dollars
  • Maintained community cultural identities and a structure that supports more equitable access and delivery of government services to everyone
    Source – Better Together Website

Tuesday, May 14th
6:30 p.m. – Doors Open/Social Time
7:00 p.m. – Meeting Starts

Room 1
Daniel Boone Branch
St. Louis County Library
300 Clarkson Road
Ellisville, MO  63011

Please Bring a Friend!
Membership Not Required 

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