The States: Changing the Face

When citizens vote to increase their own taxes, that's news. Yet in this year's elections, a remarkable number of voters did approve civic projects that will cost hundreds of millions and change the face of the nation.

By an overwhelming 5-to-1 margin, St. Louis passed a $95 million bond issue to control pollution of the Mississippi River. Currently, 72 sewers in the St. Louis area pour 300 million gallons of raw sewage into the river every day. After years of talk, nearly every important civic organization in the city joined the drive to clean up the Mississippi; 104,000 public-school children...

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