Judge Keeps ‘Unsustainable Energy’ Initiative Off Ballot

A St. Louis Circuit Court judge issued an order prohibiting the city’s Election Board from putting a proposal on the ballot that would block tax incentives for any company that engages in “unsustainable” energy production — or does $1 million a year in business with such an entity. A lawsuit filed by opponents described the proposed city charter amendment as “intentionally arbitrary and vague” and “disastrous public policy.” Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, or MORE, led the petition effort and its main target is Peabody Energy, which received tax breaks from the city when it expanded its headquarters in 2011. The group has said tax breaks would be better directed to help small businesses and revitalize poor parts of St. Louis. Supporters said they are confident an appellate court will put the measure before voters in August or November.

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