The city of St. James announced last week that it is considering placing a two percent use tax on the November ballot for voters’ approval. The tax would be placed on online and mail orders of goods that are shipped to St. James residents.
While the Steelville City Council has been arguing about what steps to take regarding the old gazebo roof it somehow inherited from Crawford County, the irony of spending money on something new, something that is not needed, should not be lost on city taxpayers and visitors. Before a dime gets spent on any new projects, the city needs to rededicate itself to taking care of what it already has. (More photos can be seen on the Steelville Star Facebook page.)
Should our elected representatives make policies, vote on proposed laws, and run our various government agencies based on their own personal beliefs, or use the rule of law and input from voters to govern? Most would choose the second option, but often that is not the case and it wasn’t recently in Cuba.
In what may a first for Steelville, the town’s aldermen unanimously asked Mayor Michael Keen to resign last week. He refused, but for the betterment of the town he should reconsider that decision.
By R.W. Hafer
Milton Friedman must be rolling in his grave. Friedman, who died in 2006, is widely regarded as the father of modern monetary economics. Among other suggestions, he called upon policymakers to stop trying to manipulate short-run fluctuations in the economy by adjusting the Federal funds rate. Instead, they should focus on longer-term problems, like inflation.