Treasurer Tishaura Jones releases ‘Report to the Community’

http://www.stlamerican.com/news/local_news/treasurer-tishaura-jones-releases-report-to-the-community/article_2073a5ea-48b1-11ea-844f-ef4c138cd25c.htmlIn St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura O. Jones’ 2020 “Report to the Community,” she noted that the Office of the Treasurer had implemented four of the calls to action from the Ferguson Commission’s 2016 report and is working on two more.

“The Ferguson Commission report was not meant to sit on a shelf,” Jones said. “My office has been implementing their calls-to-action because we all benefit from an equitable region which expands opportunity for all.”

One of those calls for action was a livable wage for all. In pursuit of that goal, Jones raised the minimum wage for those working in her office to $15/hour in May 2019.

“All work deserves dignity, and all work matters,” Jones said. “We are really serious about making sure that people stop making poverty wages, and it’s made a hell of a difference in our employees being able to make a livable wage and take care of themselves and their families.”

On January 17, St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson followed suit, ordering the minimum wage for all city workers raised to $15 an hour. Then on January 30, St. Louis County Executive Sam Page followed suit, announcing a plan to raise the wage of all county workers to $15 by 2022.

Another call to action in the Ferguson Report that Jones has answered is the call to “create universal child development accounts,” where the Treasurer’s Office was named by the Ferguson Commission as one of the directly accountable bodies. Jones is answering that call through her ongoing College Kids Savings program, which provides every student enrolled in St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS) and charter schools with the opportunity to save for college.

“This school year, the College Kids program reached 16,000 children’s savings accounts with over $1.1 million in assets to help students in SLPS and charter schools attain their dreams of college or vocational training,” Jones said in a statement.

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