By Jan Farrar and Brian Bollmann:
On August 5th, you are being asked by the Missouri Legislature to increase your sales taxes. Amendment 7, which is the MoDOT Sales tax that plans to bring in more than they need over the 10 year period to spend on projects they propose now. In the meantime, MoDOT has spent the stimulus money on the purchase of the billboard signs all across MO to “Inform you of road conditions and tell you that MoDOT Cares.”
Barrel Bob can be seen at construction sites across Missouri; signs advertise upcoming roadwork, and of course, “MoDOT Cares” is up in lights all across the state. Maybe MoDOT should get out of the advertising business with our tax dollars. The Missouri General Assembly claims that this tax will spur job growth. Is MoDOT in the job growth business? Our tax dollars already support the US Dept of Labor, the US Division of Employment Security. We need another redundant Department of Job Growth Department? Additionally, Amendment 7 will create a county and city slush fund for politicians to dole out to favored projects, and there’s no wording in the bill to prevent the construction of warehouses near the St. Louis Airport – the China Hub.
On one hand, Missouri legislators have passed a tax cut and tell us it will spur the economy and job growth. On the other hand, Missouri legislators have passed a tax increase (to the ballot) and tell us it will spur the economy and job growth. Which one is it? It can’t be both.
Please vote ‘NO’ on Amendment 7.
In Cape Girardeau County only, Proposition K is on the ballot:
On the August 5th ballot, voters of Cape Girardeau County will be asked to approve yet another tax to be added to our current list of taxes. You will have another chance to give the government more of you hard earned money.
Proposition K is a tax that gives control of up to $3,000,000 of your money to an UNELECTED board to dole out to selected people as they see fit – many of whom have made very bad choices of their own accord. We’re getting taxed to pay for the bad choices of other people. Oftentimes, such taxes are tied with Federal Government money and programs that will come with strings attached and remove the control of our tax money from the county.
This is a tax with NO oversight, and it is all about emotion. There are over a dozen programs in the area including social workers in nearly every Missouri school to refer these children to existing programs that can be tweaked if necessary to “help the children.”
Please vote ‘NO’ on Proposition K.
Barrel Bob… …a testament to Wants vs. Needs: