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St. Louis County Budget Debate Explodes with Talk Show Comments

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St. Louis County Government building on Central Ave. in Clayton (KMOX/File)

St. Louis County Government building on Central Ave. in Clayton (KMOX/File)

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CLAYTON (KMOX) – Less than a month until the New Year and the budget-balancing debate in St. Louis County is less about dollars and more about education, race and whether a budget gap even exists.

A firestorm was sparked last week when County Executive Charlie Dooley questioned Council Chair Steve Stenger’s budget-balancing experience and Stenger then retorted by pointing out Dooley’s lack of a college education. Dooley demanded an apology for Stenger’s comment.

While interviewing Dooley’s Senior Policy Advisor Mike Jones, KMOX talk show host Mark Reardon admitted “baiting” Stenger into making the remark. Jones explained that Dooley was offended by the comment because he remembers a time in history when African-Americans’ intelligence was routinely questioned.

Reardon and Jones tangled over that assertion, which led to Jones asking Reardon, “How old are you, boy?”

Listen to the “Mark Reardon Show” interview:

In an interview with KMOX News after his Reardon interview, Jones said he stood by his remarks and said of the debate over race, “when insulted, we will respond.”

Listen to Carol Daniel’s interview with Jones:

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