While many parts of our region are doing very well, duplicative services and large-scale inefficiencies are causing us all to dramatically overpay for the delivery of government services. The research of Better Together and the Task Force also illuminates great disparities around health, public safety, and other key services in the region. Our fragmented structure makes it impossible to address these big challenges in a concerted way.
When our region succeeds, we all succeed. The population in St. Louis City and St. Louis County is declining and our region’s economy is not growing like our peers. Fragmented government promotes inter-municipality competition for employers and development projects that limits the ability of the region as a whole to compete meaningfully with other cities. Our current path is unsustainable, and a thriving and competitive region will uplift all communities.