Governor Blocks Coal-Related Ballot Initiatives In St. Louis

The Peabody Energy building in downtown St. Louis. | Nicole Lunger/Missouri Business Alert
Activists targeted Peabody Energy with a ballot initiative this spring. | Nicole Lunger/Missouri Business Alert

Gov. Jay Nixon has signed a bill that will keep St. Louisans from passing ballot initiatives restricting public financial incentives for coal companies. Peabody Energy and Foresight Energy are the two big coal companies based downtown, and the bill was pushed in response to activists who gathered enough signatures to place such a measure on the April ballot.

The provision was part of a large local government bill passed during the Missouri Legislature’s regular session. It was pushed by Mayor Francis Slay’s office and specifically outlaws ballot measures in St. Louis that limit tax credits and other incentives for coal companies.

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