The minimum wage and other contentious issues are on the agenda as the St. Louis Board of Aldermen meets for its final session before summer break this morning.
With murder up 58 percent this year in the city, St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson faced questions about whether his redistricting plan has spread officers too thin.
City Alderman Shane Cohn has filed a substitute that would raise the city’s minimum wage to $8.25 immediately, which would match Illinois.
The $1.1 Billion budget excludes more police officers but added a civilian review board of police violence.
Measure would establish $15-per-hour minimum wage by 2020.
St. Louis Police Officers Association president says criticism from some St. Louis aldermen has affected officers.
Some aldermen say they want panel members who don’t have a bias – for or against – the police.
Former Mayor Jeff Schlink called it a premature move.
At times during the two-hour hearing, Dotson admitted the obvious – that the crime rate in St. Louis has outpaced the ability of the existing police force to keep up.
“You’re wanting TIF money from us right now, based on an evolving plan? Would you sign a black mortgage? Because I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t.”