Jamilah Nasheed believes that public policy must put the people of the City of St. Louis at its center — not insiders and out-state interests. She’s committed to making sure the people’s voice is heard on any merger of the City with St. Louis County.
Putting the People of St. Louis First
After Better Together announced its plan to put a merger on the statewide ballot, Jamilah Nasheed stood up to them by introducing legislation for a constitutional amendment that requires a majority of voters in the City and County to approve any merger proposal for it to pass.
Jamilah will ensure the people of St. Louis are placed at the very center of this important decision — just like any other major decision affecting St. Louis’s future. We don’t try to tell the rest of the state how to run their local government — so people from outside our region shouldn’t be the ones controlling whether or how the City and County choose to consolidate. That decision should be left up to the people of the City and the County.
And Jamilah will make that happen.
Consolidation that Reduces Crime, Protects Minorities, and Saves Taxpayer Money
Jamilah’s focus in evaluating any merger proposal will be making sure the people’s interests are protected. She’s announced that any merger proposal will have to meet three conditions.
First, the proposal must contribute to reducing crime and improving public safety. It’s not enough to just centralize the police departments, a merger has to be shown to make the City safer. If it doesn’t improve public safety, Jamilah won’t support it.
Second, the proposal must not disenfranchise minorities or dilute minority representation. After being left out of the political process for far too long, African-Americans in our City have accomplished a lot. Jamilah wants to protect those gains so that every person is fairly represented in any merged government.
Finally, Jamilah wants to make sure that any merger proposal generates enough cost savings to pay for improving essential services like filling potholes, improving services for the unhoused, and stabilizing funding for our city parks.
If a merger proposal doesn’t improve services, Jamilah won’t support it.