(KPLR) – Elliott Davis caught up with Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to question him about whether the state has done enough to help the City of St Louis deal with its alarming problem of homicides.
The Governor told Davis he's done all he can do. He's often been under criticism by other local officials throughout the St Louis area. The criticism began with his slow footed response to the Ferguson crisis in 2014.
Governor Nixon ultimately spent a million dollars setting up the Ferguson Commission, and $350,000 to set up the State Office of Community Engagement that had two six figure administration. It was supposed to examine and address the causes of violence like poverty and joblessness and the like.
But did Nixon's initiatives have any impact?
St. Louis had 159 murders in 2014. In 2015 that number soared to 188. This year the pace of killings is on pace to equal that.