St. Louis Mayor Tishaura O. Jones (left) and St. Louis County Executive Sam Page
(Post-Dispatch file photos)
St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones seems to have a problem understanding how democracy works, especially the part where executive authority is held in check by the legislature. Democracy is fine for Jones when the result goes in her favor, but when it doesn’t, she seems all too comfortable trying dictatorial tactics to get her way. It is a step too far for Jones to declare, as she did Monday, that she is “evaluating” the imposition of emergency powers to seize spending authority over federal pandemic funds.
Nearly $500 million in federal aid is heading to St. Louis, but the authority to appropriate that funding rests with the Board of Aldermen, which is at loggerheads with Jones over how the money should be spent. Jones is particularly insisting in stopping a provision in a $168 million aldermanic spending package that would devote $33 million to boost commerce in north St. Louis. That provision was added by aldermanic President Lewis Reed, an arch rival of Jones. The two are now locked in a political battle of wills in which the goal of bringing much-needed pandemic relief to St. Louisans has taken a back seat.
With negotiations at an impasse, Jones last week issued a decree authorizing emergency Health Department spending authority to combat the effects of the pandemic. On Monday, she and St. Louis County Executive Sam Page jointly reimposed indoor mask requirements in public places.
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