Privatization of St. Louis' Airport Belongs on the No-Fly List

The most recent example came last week from city Counselor Julian Bush, who argued that a bill requiring a citywide vote on airport privatization — sponsored by Alderwoman Cara Spencer — would constitute an unlawful delegation of power. Bush did allow that voters could pass a charter amendment requiring voter approval of privatization, which would in turn be followed by still another vote on a privatization plan. And even as he dispensed advice, Bush noted that his office hadn't gotten around to a "complete review" of one of the most weighty legal issues in city history, which pretty much tells you everything you need to know.

The charter-amendment process, conveniently, would almost certainly amount to slamming the barn door shut long after all the horses were running freely to safety. As Spencer pointed out, privatization could be a done deal well before voters were afforded two elections to weigh in on whether to allow it. The city might as well schedule a ballot measure for 2069 to ask future voters whether their grandparents' generation was wise to try to cash out the airport half a century earlier. Spoiler alert: The results would be ugly.

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BB 100 Mo Hwy Airport Aid Agreement
BB 19 Airport Privatization Vote
BB 77 Airport Vote Charter Amendment
BB 95 U.S. Bank First Amendment at Banking Concession Agreement
BB 96 Host Seventh Amended and Restated Food and Beverage
BB 99 Airport Parking Facility Services Second Amendment

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