Tuesday, October 4, 2016

On the ballot: Do your homework before voting

A very important general election is about one month away. While most have studied the candidates, some may not fully understand the amendments and Prop A to be decided in Missouri on Nov. 8th

Amendment 1:
Fairly straightforward question- should the existing 1/10 of 1 percent sales/use tax remain in place? Tax would provide about $90 million annually for soil and water conservation and operation of the state park system.

Amendment 2:
Would establish limits on campaign contributions to candidates for state or judicial offices, and prohibit the ability to conceal the identity of contributors.

Amendment 3:
If passed, tax on cigarette sales would increase by 60 cents per pack. Money would be earmarked for early childhood education.

Amendment 4:
Somewhat confusing. A “yes” vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to prohibit a new state or local sales/use or other similar tax on any service or transaction. This amendment only applies to any service or transaction that was not subject to a sales/use or similar tax as of January 1, 2015. A “no” vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution to prohibit such state or local sales/use or other similar tax. If passed, this measure will not increase or decrease taxes. 

Amendment 6:
Fairly straightforward. A “yes” vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to state that voters may be required by law to verify their identity, citizenship, and residence by presenting photo identification before voting.

Proposition A:
If passed, taxes on cigarettes will be raised by 23 cents over the next five years. Over the same time period, taxes on other tobacco products will be raised by 5 percent. Money will be earmarked for transportation infrastructure. 

Get more info and details here https://ballotpedia.org/Missouri_2016_ballot_measures


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