More on November ballot issues

On October 29, 2012, in Announcement, by CCMODEMS

Proposition B is a cigarette tax increase of 73 cents (from the current 17 cents).  The League of Women Voters says “The tax meets many of our criteria. It is easy to understand, difficult to evade, and easy to enforce, easy to collect. The effect of the tax structure on business and individuals should be consistent with the economic and social aims of the state. There is a clear need for more revenue for education and health education.” [http://lwvmissouri.org/cigarette-tax-2012/]

The Springfield News-Leader is also endorsing this proposition: “To make it a win-win, the higher tax could bring in at least $283 million in new tax revenue for education and smoking cessation programs.” [http://www.news-leader.com/article/20121014/OPINIONS01/310140025/proposition-B-tobacco-tax]

Amendment 3 would make changes in the current Nonpartisan Court Plan. The League of Women Voters opposes this amendment. “To put it simply, the proposed changes to the plan, would give the governor more power in the judicial selection process, bringing partisan politics into a system that is presently fair and impartial. The League of Women Voter supported the Nonpartisan Court Plan from its inception. There is no evidence that the plan needs changing.” [http://lwvmissouri.org/missouri-court-plan-2012/]

Proposition A “seeks to transfer control of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department from a governor-appointed state board back to city officials.” According to the Springfield News-Leader the St. Louis mayor, the 3 St Louis police officers’ unions and several St. Louis area lawmakers are backing the initiative. They also report that mayors of more than a dozen Missouri cities have endorsed the measure, including the Springfield mayor, Greene County commissioners Harold Bengsch and Roseann Bentley, and Sheriff Jim Arnott. The NAACP and the ACLU of Eastern Missouri announced opposition to Prop A because they are upset that Prop A seals certain personnel records of officers accused of misconduct. However, the group backing the initiative said those are records that are typically not available elsewhere in Missouri or in other states.

Proposition E is a step against “Obamacare,” prohibiting the Governor or any state agency from establishing or operating state-based health insurance exchanges unless authorized by a vote of the people or legislature. According to the Missouri Foundation of Health “Proposition E would slow exchange implementation by limiting the ability of state officials, agencies, and other stakeholders to evaluate key decisions and accomplish major tasks before an exchange is operational.” The Kansas City Star recommends voters reject this proposition: “Proposition E is horrible public policy. The legislature was irresponsible to place it on the ballot. Voters should let them know that.” [http://www.kansascity.com/2012/10/08/3858234/the-stars-recommendation-reject.html]

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