St. Louis County senators filibuster potential changes to the way taxes are allocated in their area
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St. Louis County senators filibuster potential changes to the way taxes are allocated in their area

Date: April 28, 2015
By: Steven Anthony
State Capitol Bureau

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As this story is being produced, St. Louis County senators executed a filibuster against a bill aiming to reallocate sales tax revenue in St. Louis County
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Wrap: The bill was sponsored by Franklin County Republican Dave Schatz.

He represents only a small part of St. Louis County, but he said the reallocation of sales tax is about one thing.

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Description: "This is an issue of fairness. I look at it on a fairness perspective and that's why I'm bringing this bill forward is to try to bring some fairness to the issue."

Multiple senators from St. Louis County rose to speak against the bill, calling it unfair and an instrusion on the municipalities in the county.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony.

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At the time of production of this story, the Senate had recessed after a bill changing how sales tax in St. Louis County ran into opposition from almost every senator in the county
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Wrap: Democrat Maria Chappelle-Nadal from St. Louis County spoke out against a bill that would reallocate how sales tax revenue is disctributed in her county.

She said she has one philosophy when it comes to dealing with issues in a certain county.

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Description: "Do what's good for your area that you come from. I cannot tell you what to do. I cannot dictate what you do or what you need to do for your area, but leave us alone. Let people from our area deal with our issues."

Republican Senator Dave Schatz, who represents parts of St. Louis County, said the bill was about fairness.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony.

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At the time of this story's production, St. Louis County senators filibustered a bill relating to how sales tax revenue is distributed in their county.
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Wrap: St. Louis County Republican Senator Eric Schmitt took issue with Senator Dave Schatz, a Republican who represents parts or the whole of 7 municipalities in the county, who offered the bill.

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Description: "I think that there's something about senatorial respect that's going on here that's a lot bigger than just this bill. I don't begrudge the senator from the 26th for trying to move his idea, OK? He believes in it. I don't question his sincerity. He believes it is a question of fairness."

Multiple other senators from St. Louis County joined Schmitt in expressing opposition to the bill.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony.


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