Rep. Tishaura Jones has filed a bill that would change the language in Proposition A to require local votes on earnings taxes every 20 years instead of every five years.

It’s legislation like this that in my mind reinforces the need for Proposition A. Voters approved language that required a vote every 5 years. Now, a politician is trying to scuff the clear line that voters drew in the sand.

I don’t think that’s what you all had in mind when you passed “Let Voters Decide”.

Jones maintains that this bill still holds true to the intent of Missouri voters, but I disagree. Having a regular vote to hold city officials accountable for how this money is being spent puts the power in the hands of voters. This bill would give politicians 4 times as long to spend our money without us having a say, and that diminishes our ability to hold them accountable.

There’s not much faith that this bill will get any traction this session, but we’ll be keeping an eye on it.

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