Unofficial Results -- Now Up!
April 4 2006 Municipal Election Unofficial Results - Board of Election Commissioners for the City of St. Louis.
School Board -- well, you know what happened.
Prop EJ -- would have passed solidly in the City alone. But in the County, it failed badly:
13,454 (57%) YES
9,928 (42%) NO
45,821 (45%) YES
55,395 (54%) NO
Franklin County (small area in and around Pacific):
977 (33%) YES
1,925 (66%) NO
Jefferson County (small area near Pacific):
176 (52%) YES
160 (47%) NO
On Prop EJ, the Post-Dispatch is for some bizarre reason only reporting the County figures. The results posted by Channel 5 are actually a little easier-to-read, and seem to be totals across all four jurisdictions, indicating totals of:
60,428 (47%) YES
67,408 (52%) NO
Clearly, a 3,500 vote winning margin in the City isn't enough to overtake a 10,000 vote losing margin in the County. You'd have to get a majority in the entire Junior College District in order to pass the measure.
The campaign literature mailed out in support of Prop EJ was pretty mediocre, and had a Kansas City address on it. I didn't like that. Anyway, the press release issued today seems to suggest that further tuition increases are on the horizon. After all, if state funding is continously cut, and taxes can't be increased, who gets stuck with the bill?
Sure, $78 per credit hour (up from $42 in 2001) is still a pretty good deal. Compare that with Harris-Stowe ($145 per credit hour for summer 2006), or the University of Missouri (just increased to $227 per credit hour beginning with summer 2006).
Still, it's not necessarily that affordable when most folks' incomes are not keeping pace with inflation by any means, and when other expenses are rising quickly as well. Loans, grants and scholarships can help, but by no means is a college education affordable to all.
There are no easy solutions, but I am dismayed at the huge disparity between City and County in the results on Prop EJ.