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Saint Louis Earnings Tax Is Bad for Our Health — But Do We Care?
Aired March 31, 2011
Call it “the smoker’s dilemma”: Everyone knows that smoking kills, but a habitual smoker may be convinced that he needs the steadying effect of cigarettes. When voters in Saint Louis go to the polls on April 5, they will confront a similar dilemma in deciding whether to maintain the current earnings tax.
David Stokes, a Saint Louis native, is a graduate of Saint Louis University High School and Fairfield (CT) University. He spent five years as assistant to Saint Louis County Councilman Kurt S. Odenwald, where he was closely involved with legislation including MetroLink expansion, property assessments, HVAC licensing codes, the new Cardinals ballpark, pharmacy privatization, and much more. He is currently the president of the University City Library Board. He has served on boards and committees for several area organizations: the University City Centennial, the Saint Louis County Pachyderm Club, and the Downtown Saint Louis Residents Association. He lives in University City with his wife, Jennifer, and sons, Nathaniel and Ryan.