House Budget Chairman Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood, is up next on the show. (Photo by Parth Shah)
Stream: "Mr. Stenger voted with Mr. Dooley on virtually everything until two years ago when he started running for county executive." Says there are "two incumbents" running for county executive.
Stream also has no preference on whether Dooley or Stenger wins the primary.
Stream says he bring in folks from "business and labor community" to stop job losses in St. Louis County.
Stream says he wants to get rid of "rules and regulations" that impede business growth in St. Louis County.
"Doing business with St. Louis County government is impossible now." Cites the fact that the county refused to allow a company to move a generator.
Stream: "The people in county government should be trying to make things better for the people."
Stream said he is opposed to "merger, re-unification." "I don't think it's the right solution for the problems we have in St. Louis County."
What matters most to you in electing a St. Louis County executive? Experience? Positions on issues?
Stream says it may be worth look at combining "duplicative services" in the city and the county.
Stream says there's a need to take the "politicization" out of the STL Police Board process.
He says he's "not sure" the county is ready for a "countywide police department." Municipalities are comfortable with their own police and fire departments.
Stream pressed on his vote to put Amendment 7 on the ballot. Says he wanted to give people a chance to get more money for transportation tax.
Stream: "The sales tax has some exclusions to it for food and medicine. It gives some relief to all of us, especially the poor folks." Stream says tolling and gas tax increases are not popular or effective enough to be options.
While he is not a gun owner or a member of the NRA, Stream says he supports the right to bear arms. "We have been very vigilant to protect the Constitution of the United States."
Stream says he didn't vote on "right to work" this session because it was "very divisive." "I didn't vote on that bill because I wanted to make sure that when I come in to this job... and work with labor or business."
Rick Stream says he's never spoken to Rex Sinquefield. Thinks he may be hedging his bets by donating to Dooley and his campaign.
Thank you to all of you for joining us. We'll have a full recap of this show and the audio of both candidate interviews on stlpublicradio.org shortly.