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Judge: No Vote on Proposal to Limit Tax Breaks to Energy Companies

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A St. Louis Circuit Court judge upheld a permanent injunction against a group that was seeking to let voters decide whether fossil fuel companies such as Peabody that do over $1 million in business with extraction companies should be denied future tax breaks from the city.

Judge Robert Dierker’s ruling is in response to a 36,000 signature petition drive by the environmental group MORE.

“The Take Back St. Louis campaign is disappointed that the judge chose to rule with the corporate plaintiff in this case,” says organizer Ariel Klagsburn. “We still think we have a good shot at appeal.”

Dierker ruled that the petition was too broadly worded, and would exclude a variety of of enterprises from qualifying for economic incentives. MORE says it will appeal in hopes of getting the issue on the ballot eventually.

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