If you haven’t already voted absentee, gird up your loins and go boldly to the polls on Tuesday with these priority recommendations in mind!
Here’s a very succinct description to Proposition A in a nutshell provided by Scott Charton, a spokesman for the Let Voters Decide campaign:
A “Yes” vote on Prop A does two things:
It requires the politicians to let the local residents in St. Louis and Kansas City have local votes next spring on their local earnings taxes. If the local earnings taxes are renewed by local voters, they would then be able to vote on those taxes every five years. Such sunset votes on local taxes are quite common in Missouri. This means people in St. Louis and Kansas City can decide for themselves whether to continue the local earnings tax in their city or gradually phase it out over a period of ten years.
And, Prop A prohibits the politicians from creating any new local earnings taxes in Missouri. That’s important in these tough economic times. For many Missouri families, the earnings tax collected each year for living, or working, in St. Louis and Kansas City, adds up to a mortgage payment, maybe a couple of car payments or books and clothes for school.
More than 210,000 Missourians signed the petition to put Prop A on the ballot. This is because they want a chance to finally vote on local earnings taxes. In St. Louis, such a local vote is long overdue. But self-interested politicians and bureaucrats seem to fear having to justify keeping the tax to the very people who pay it, and who have not had a say about the tax in more than half a century.
Supporters of big government are trying to mislead you into thinking the world as we know it will cease to exist if Proposition A is passed on Tuesday. As Scott’s description of a “YES” on Proposition A accurately points out, that argument is a hoax intended to intimidate and frighten voters. Here’s a video on how simple “Yes” on Proposition A – Let Voters Decide is New Yes on Proposition A Ads Set the Opposition Straight.
In addition to the numerous blog postings and dispelling of the anti-Let Voters Decide campaign we have posted on our website, Bob McCarty has a good summary of the issue as well.
A trend in local government tax schemes is to find new sources of taxation. St. Louis City and Kansas City aggressively tax local payrolls through their municipal income tax. (The public school lobby has been seeking authority to do the same at the local school district level.) While this increases revenues for the local governing authorities, it also creates its own negative outcomes. Meanwhile, other local governments covet a local income tax too. If you think you’re taxed enough already, “VOTE YES!” I will.
Don’t be fooled by those who want to keep their hands in the taxpayers’ pockets or want to “reserve” the right to do so! Vote YES on Proposition A – Let Voters Decide!
NO on PROPOSITION B
I know, Tony and Bob and Betty and others have been telling you how important Proposition B is to eliminating puppy mills in the state of Missouri. It won’t!
You’ve seen the poor puppies on the commercials who are doing their job in selling you on an absolutely terrible piece of proposition! Problem is, Proposition B only makes those already breaking the laws break a few more and will actually give them more business as legitimate breeders are put out of business by the “new” unnecessary and ineffectual laws.
Once again, in addition to our blog posting, I refer you to Bob McCarty who has this to say about Proposition B:
I say, “That Dog Don’t Hunt!”Proponents of the measure are spreading misinformation about this measure that is backed by radical animal rights organization and, if passed, will lead to more imported puppies. Missouri already has tough regulations on the books, and we don’t need more.
For more details on this subject, read five posts I’ve written about Proposition B.
Vote NO on Proposition B!
YES on CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT #3
If Amendment #3 is adopted, the Missouri Constitution will contain the provision that prevents the state, counties, and other political subdivisions from imposing any new tax, including a sales tax, on the sale or transfer of homes or any other real estate. The intent of the amendment is to prohibit double taxation from occurring on the sale of our homes.
Some of my Fair Tax friends are concerned about the impact Amendment #3 would have on the chances of passing the Missouri Jobs and Prosperity Act. As I wrote in Does Amendment 3 Damage the Missouri Fair Tax?, I don’t believe it harms it at all.
Vote YES on Amendment #3!
NO on Mehlville Public Schools Proposition C
I’ve written a number of blogs about this ill-timed tax levy increase.
A grassroots uprising has occurred in the district against this tax levy increased. The Mehlville Community Taxpayers’ Association sprang up as a voice against the significant tax increase. Five former Mehlville Public School District board members, several of them past presidents, have spoken out against this tax increase.
It’s apparent that the mechanism used to drive this tax levy increase to the ballot was designed to give the answer the board wanted to have and that it raise taxes! The Mehlville Public School District Board of Education needs to go back to the drawing board, have a truly open process, not one that started with “what do you want the answer to be,” and develop a proposal that is very basic and truly needed.
The people of the district would be more inclined to vote in support of such a proposal. As it is, when the BOE offered a nearly 25% increase in salary to keep the superintendent, it shot whatever fiscal credibility it claimed to have.
Until then, vote NO on Proposition C!
The Secretary of State’s website contains general information about all of the statewide measures appearing on the Missouri ballot Tuesday and can be accessed by clicking here.