So much of the press has revolved around the presidential election, but there are many more decisions coming up in November.
We have all felt the surprise of going to vote and being confronted suddenly with questions we never studied ahead of time. To save you the time and trouble, I have analyzed the ballot questions and offer this as a guide for those who share our values:
Amendment # 1 Conservation Tax — We always vote against taxes. This is a sales tax. They have enough of our hard earned money already. Voting against this extension will allow for greater accountability from the Department of Conservation. I’m Voting No.
Amendment # 2 Campaign Donations — It won’t fix anything. People are corrupt because of what’s in their hearts, not because of silly and vague new campaign rules. Honorable politicians aren’t made by passing more convoluted rules. I’m voting No.
Amendment # 3 Cigarette Tax raising the price per pack $1.27— It’s okay for us to personally encourage cessation from the unhealthy addictions of our loved ones. It’s entirely different to abuse smokers just because they are now in the minority. The odds are that the majority of the voters are not smokers and therefore believe this tax won’t affect them.
What are they doing to make it pass? We are being promised that the proceeds will go to children’s programs. Early childhood education is being used as the beneficiary on the premise that voters always want to help fund children’s programs.
This law is not about a need to fund early childhood education. It’s about “Big tobacco” gaining a competitive edge against “small tobacco.”
Our Constitution already says abortion is illegal. If this passes it will effectively allow this money to be used to provide abortions if it is some sort of non-defined emergency. Do you remember when the gambling industry used children to get gambling legalized in Missouri? They aren’t motivated by children. They are using them as a decoy. I’m voting No.
Amendment # 4 Use Tax Prohibition — Not necessary. It sounds innocuous on the surface, but we already require a vote of the people to raise our taxes.
From Ballotpedia ~ Cost of signature collection:
“Sponsors of the measure hired Lincoln Strategy Group to collect signatures for the petition to qualify this measure for the ballot. A total of $785,374.10 was spent to collect the 157,788 valid signatures required to put this measure before voters, resulting in a total cost per required signature (CPRS) of $4.98.” This is not a grassroots effort. Not when they pay nearly $5.00 per signature.
Some people are saying the anti-Fair Tax people want to make sure the Fair Tax will never work in Missouri. The Fair Tax is based on the ability to tax a broader base at a lower level.
As a matter of principle, we don’t put tax issues into our Constitution. If we make a new law, it should go into our State Statutes, not the Constitution. I’m voting No.
Amendment # 6 Photo Identification required to vote — This is good. We need to shore up the legitimacy and safeguard ourselves from voter fraud. Fraud is real, but a photo identification requirement will slow down a percentage of the dishonesty. I’m voting Yes.
Proposition A Cigarette Tax —$.23 per pack of cigarettes. Same as what’s wrong with Amendment # 3. I’m voting No.
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