Opinion: St. Louis is ready to collaborate with lawmakers

Opinion: St. Louis is ready to collaborate with lawmakers

When I ran for mayor, I emphasized that our city needed to have hard conversations around racial divides, equitable development, and the resources we deploy to improve public safety. When I was invited to testify at the Missouri Senate Interim Committee on Emerging St. Louis Regional Issues, I saw an opportunity to have a difficult discussion around St. Louis’ relationship with the Missouri Legislature . As a former legislator, I respect the legislature’s ability to pass policies that affect the entire state, good or bad. From limits on abortion rights to the lifting of commonsense gun laws, I’ve seen how many of the same policies I fought against at the state level hurt St. Louis’ ability to now protect and provide for our constituents as mayor. Let me be clear: Access to abortion is a St. Louis issue, and the last remaining clinic in the state is in our city. Further limiting reproductive rights would have disastrous consequences for our state, prohibiting people from making their own decisions about their bodies and economically empowering themselves and their families. While tech giants like Salesforce explore options to help employees relocate out of Texas in response to the state’s recent ban , Missouri Republicans have already announced they will likely unveil a ban modeled on the Texas law. Mayor Tishaura O. Jones Rated one of the top cities for startups, increasingly restrictive abortion bans make it more difficult for St. Louis to attract and retain talent and businesses. The very companies […]

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