Judge Stops Vote On Energy Company Tax Breaks

The Peabody Energy building in downtown St. Louis | Photo by Nicole Lunger
The Peabody Energy building in downtown St. Louis | Photo by Nicole Lunger

A St. Louis judge blocked a local election ballot initiative that would have barred companies that engage in “unsustainable energy” production, or that do $1 million a year in business with those companies, from receiving city tax incentives. Calling it “punitive and unconstitutional,” Judge Robert Dierker placed a temporary injunction on the “Take Back St. Louis” initiative, which was set for a citywide vote April 8.

The “Take Back” effort was launched by Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, which has protested Peabody Energy for several years and collected 22,000 signatures last year for the measure. A MORE spokeswoman, Arielle Klagsbrun, said her group planned to appeal the ruling.

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