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Missouri FY 2013 Budget Summary

Thanks to Donna Lichtenegger for forwarding summary information on Governor Nixon’s proposed 2013 budget below:

h/t mo.govEconomists are generally predicting a slow but steady recovery for the U.S. economy which is still struggling with unemployment at 8.5%. There is a positive sign with the four-week moving average of weekly initial unemployment claims falling and stabilizing below 400,000 since November. Missouri is fairing slightly better than the national economy with unemployment currently at 8.0%. Certainly this is an improvement when compared to the record unemployment of 9.6% a year ago.

With this in mind, forecasting state revenues for Missouri’s upcoming fiscal year has been challenging. The revised Consensus Revenue Estimate (CRE) for the current FY2012 is 2.7% or $7.301 billion Net General Revenue (GR) collections. The CRE agreed to by the House, Senate and the Governor for FY2013 is for GR to grow at a less than average rate of 3.9%. This would result in Net GR collections of $7.586 billion. This amount would return tax collections available for the budget to slightly above the actual collections for FY2009. The CRE for FY2013 would provide an increase in net collections of $285 million above the original CRE that use used to craft the FY2012 budget.

However, the FY2012 budget also has more than $500 million of one-time Federal Budget Stabilization Funds that are supporting current programs, including the K 1-12 School Foundation Formula. These funds will not be available for the FY2013 budget. In addition, there are a number of mandatory increases in FY2013 which will require the commitment of GR funds such as the need for a $90 million increase in the state’s match rate for our Medicaid program.

The Governor’s proposed budget includes: carrying over funds, reductions, eliminations, cost containments, administrative savings, debt refinancing, generation of additional revenues from debt collections, other revenue efficiencies, increased Gaming fees and a tax amnesty plan. Approximately $88.7million of these enhanced revenue proposals will require additions and/or changes to current state statutes.

The Governor’s FY2013 budget is balanced through the following components:

  • $191.7 million savings through efficiencies and reallocations in the Medicaid program
  • $89.0 million reduction for 4-year higher education institutions. This is a 14% decrease from the appropriations for FY2012
  • $64.3 million in additional debt collections and other revenue efficiencies
  • $51.8 million increase from a tax amnesty plan
  • $41.0 million savings through debt restructuring
  • $29.3 million in reduced staff and administrative costs in state agencies
  • $16.9 million reduction for community and technical colleges, also a 14% decrease from the appropriations for FY2012
  • $15.0 million in additional lottery revenue through advertising and other Lottery Commission initiatives
  • $7.0 million reduction in biodiesel subsidy payments
  • $2.0 million reduction in local public health agency grants

Items that are prioritized in the Governor’s FY2013 budget include:

  • $3.009 billion for the Foundation Formula, including an overall increase of $5.0 million with a General Revenue increase of $203.2 million needed in part to also offset lost Federal Budget Stabilization Funds
  • $99.8 million to provide funding for K-12 transportation at the same level allowed after the Governor’s $8.0 million expenditure restriction in FY2012 appropriation
  • $105.5 million to maintain available funding for the A+, Bright Flight, and Access MO Scholarship Programs, including a general revenue increase of $25.0 million to partially offset the loss of MOHELA funds
  • $23.6 million for a 2% salary increase for state employees, effective January 1, 2013
  • $14.9 million to maintain funding for the Customized Jobs Training Program
  • $4.0 million for innovations in science and technology as authorized in the Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act
  • $31.0 million of increased gaming fees to provide a more stable revenue source for the state’s seven veteran’s homes
 
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Posted by on February 3, 2012 in Economy, Education, Taxes

 

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Blueprint For Missouri

The Rockin’ Conservative kept hearing about a “Blueprint for Missouri” but had little luck finding any details on the plan.  We now have the bullet points!  Thanks Donna Lichtenegger.

Blueprint for Missouri

 Protecting Missouri Taxpayers

  • Balanced budget with no new taxes
  • County and school debt disclosure bill
  • Taxpayer Protection Act
  • Criminal justice reform

Creation [Sic] Missouri Jobs

  • Workers Compensation and Second Injury Fund Reform
  • Employment Law Reform
  • Missouri Entrepreneur Virtual Resource Network
  • Prevailing wage reform
  • Tort reform
    • Joint & several
    • Loser pays

Reforming Missouri Schools

  • Foundation formula fix
  • Turner Fix and tuition tax credits for unaccredited districts
  • Teacher Quality Act
  • Charter school expansion

Defending Missouri Values

  • Pro-life conscience bills
  • Review of Missouri’s Mandatory reporter law
  • Expanded college savings plans
  • Driver’s license in English
  • Voter ID
  • Veterans Home funding

Would be wonderful to update MOGOP.org with this list, more details, and links to the related bills.

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Economy, Education, Republican, Taxes

 

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Happy New… …40,000 Laws

As New Year’s Eve passed, news stories started running to remind us that 40,000 new Local, State, and Federal laws had gone into effect — likely 39,999 attacks on our freedoms.

I assumed some of those laws were from Missouri, so in an e-mail, I suggested to Cape Girardeau County’s Missouri State Legislators that they include the list of new Missouri Laws be included in their next weekly Capitol Report e-mails.

I got a quick lesson, compliments of Missouri Senator Jason Crowell, about the Missouri Constitution.  He was kind enough to have his Legislative Assistant, Ryan Nonnemaker, provide some good information on Missouri’s new laws.

First, Missouri Laws, when enacted without an Emergency Clause, always go into effect on August 28th.  That was my Constitutional lesson for the day.

Next, he provided a link to the Missouri Senate Web Site that listed all the ONE HUNDRED SIXTY-SIX new House and Senate originated bills that were Truly Agreed and Finally Passed.

How about, in 2012, we have a NET REDUCTION of 166 laws?!?!

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2012 in Constitution, Courts And The Law

 

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112th U.S. Congress – Missouri Delegation Report Card

Even though Heritage can sometimes be questionably conservative, here is what they are:

Founded in 1973, The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institution—a think tank—whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.

They recently released their unapologetic scorecard for the 112th Congress.  Below is the report card for Missouri’s U.S. Congressional Representatives.

When I went to High School in Steeleville, IL, an “A” was 94-100, a “B” was 87-93, a “C” was 77-86, and a “D” was 70-76.  For Missouri’s Congressional Delegation, no one got an “A” OR “B”, and Akin barely gets a “B” under the grading scale I faced at SEMO.edu.

  • Senator Roy Blunt – FLUNKED
  • Representative Sam Graves – FLUNKED
  • Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer – FLUNKED
  • Representative Jo Ann Emerson – FLUNKED… …not even 50%

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(Click here for details on the study)

Now, I’m sure they all have explanations about how they voted on all the measures for which they were rated negatively.  It might be a good time to publish that reasoning for the voters to decide… …that is… if they want the votes of an informed electorate.

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2011 in Congress, Conservative, Election

 

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The New Missouri State Legislative Districts

Here’s a link to a map of the New Missouri State Legislative Districts.

Click the “Legislative Districts” checkbox and then click one of the sub-options to review the new layout.

Be patient, it takes a bit for the map to redraw after  you click to add a layer:

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2011 in Miscellaneous

 

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New Bloomfield School Board Too Busy…

…voting on issues unrelated to education to improve the education at their schools.

h/t http://jennysironmanquest.blogspot.com/

As you know the Rockin’ Conservative believes that state, local, and federal revenues should be gathered through taxation of consumption — not the myriad of income, realty, and personal property taxes currently employed.

To that end, the Rockin’ Conservative has joined on with United For Missouri and Let The Voters Decide to enact a Citizens Initiative Petition abolishing Personal Income Taxes in favor of a Consumption Tax.

Today, we find out that the New Bloomfield School Board will vote on a resolution in disapproval of this Citizens Initiative Petition.  Thanks to Beverly Martin of Missouri Fair Tax for the ‘heads up’.

The average New Bloomfield ACT score in 2011 was 19.90. Unimpressive (Read here). Perhaps they could work on meeting all 15 of the MSIP APR Measurements instead of just 12.

It seems that the School Board of New Bloomfield would better serve their constituents by working to improve those scores… …instead of working to disapprove of a Citizens Initiative Petition. The Rockin’ Conservative asks you to contact the school to remind them to focus on improving the education they provide!

But, if they must, ask them if they have contacted the above proponents of the initiative to hear their side of the story.  Or, are they making this vote without all the facts?  Ask them, considering that State Auditor Tom Schweich won’t even weigh in, how did they come to the conclusion that they should disapprove of the initiative!

The phone number at the school is 573-491-3700.

The School Board will meet to vote TONIGHT!

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2011 in Education, Reform, Taxes

 

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Who Would Oppose ‘No More Tax Forms’?

One of the bonuses for getting out of the world of the Income Tax is that, with consumption taxes, you don’t fill out any forms at the end of the year.  My 2010 Tax filing for the State Of Missouri included the forms:

  • MO-1040h/t wfpl.net
  • MO-A
  • Add’l Dependents
  • From 1040 (Federal)
  • Schedule A (Federal)

My Federal Income Tax filing include the forms:

  • Form 1040
  • Schedule A
  • Schedule D
  • Schedule E,p2
  • Form 5695
  • Schedule M
  • Capital Loss Carryforward Worksheet
  • Tax Payments Worksheet
  • Charitable Contributions Worksheet
  • Student Loan Worksheet
  • Carryover Worksheet

Of course, there’s no way the average American knows all the forms to be completed and either uses a program to complete their taxes or seeks the services of a professional.  Costs, including fees for electronic filing and direct deposits, exceed $150 per year.

Get rid of income taxes; get rid of all those forms!

Enter United For Missouri, Let The Voters Decide, and Art Laffer (who must have been a zygote when he was cheif economist for President Reagan).  These groups are working in Missouri to end the Income Tax in favor of a State Consumption (Sales) Tax.  There is extensive information available on their web sites about the benefits of the switch to a Consumption Tax.

But, the usual big government / big money / deep pocket forces are lining up against what’s best for Missouri and America.  A report from John McMillen about the opponents to the plan crossed my e-mail today:

Wednesday night 11/2/11. Just got back from St. Louis…”Let Voters Decide” held a conference at the DoubleTree Hotel conference room in Chesterfield, on the 2012 initiative to replace Missouri’s income tax with an increased sales tax.

Art Laffer, Reagan’s chief economic adviser, dubbed the father of supply side economics, was guest speaker. Doctor Laffer had reviewed the analysis of the “Let Voters Decide” proposal and was highly complementary of the proposal and very excited about what it will do to bring business incentives and a job growth environment back to the state of Missouri.

Missouri currently ranks 48th (that’s 2nd from last) for economic growth among all states in our nation. We can not continue allowing this current corrupt income tax system to be used by politicians as mechanism to pick winners and losers, rewarding their political backers and donors through tax credits, and special tax loop holes for their lobbying friends while conversely punishing the rest of us taxing (forcing from us) what we EARN all in order to advance their political agenda.

Dr. Laffer was very optimistic that the “Tax Relief for Missourians” initiative making it to the 2012 ballot and being voted in by the people.

However, this is going to be a hard fight. There is heavy opposition mounting to keep the people’s earnings subject to the will of state politicians, instead of the rightful owners of those earnings… the people who earn it.

Claire McCaskill’s 2008 campaign manager has joined forces with the opposition group “the Missouri Budget Project” and is putting together a coalition of opposition forces mimicking our “United for Missouri’s Future” by adopting the name “Coalition for Missouri’s Future”…. one thing is for certain, Missouri’s future and the future of Missourians is definitely at stake.

This new coalition is made up of Chambers of Commerce in some areas, AARP, Missouri School Board Association, the Teachers Union, Missouri Broadcasters Association, Missouri Realtors Association.

Thousands of Missouri citizens, members of these organizations will be sadly misinformed and scared into refusing to listen to both sides to make a rational logical decision.

In addition to this, there will be boat loads of special interest money from the usual left wing sources flooding our state to defeat this measure.

Dr. Laffer is correct. The entire political landscape of the nation will be focused on this battle. We have the opportunity for Missouri to be the first state in the union to abolish the income tax that taxes what YOU earn, and replace it with a tax on what YOU choose to SPEND. YOU pay your tax when YOU VOLUNTARILY choose to SPEND; NOT through COERCION FROM AN ALL POWERFUL STATE.

Jim Moody is the chief lobbyist and spokesperson for the Missouri Budget project. Mr. Moody is a former republican Missouri House member and budget committee chairman under Ashcroft. This of course always heavily emphasized in media releases and is touted to imply serious credibility.

However, one of the chief proponent spokesmen for this initiative is Carl Bearden, also a former republican House member and former speaker pro tem and also a former chairman of the House Budget Committee who was term limited out in 2007. But this highly credible item is never mentioned in any press reports on this controversial and extremely critical issue.

Mr. Bearden has formed a coalition of United for Missouri’s Future, Missouri Club for Growth, and Let Voters Decide.

Here’s an AP press release telling only one side of this issue which is typically the case. The central message is their usual false assertions that getting rid of the income tax and replacing it with an increase in state sales tax on a broadened tax base is: “regressive” “hurts the poor and the elderly” “unfair” “bad idea” “decreases revenues” etc, etc. this is their usual tired worn out rhetorical talking points which are all blatantly false because they ignore offsetting positive features in the proposal that neutralize or eliminate these negative assertions and assumptions.

The only way we can win our freedom from the evil debilitating effects of the income tax is for all grass roots conservative organizations to join ranks with “Let Voters Decide” stand up and fight back against this well funded, well connected, media favored, deceptive opposition coalition that gets diverted funds from various unions, liberal progressive donors, and front groups created with George Soros funding.

It will take a cooperative active network of like minded conservatives to educate and spread the facts to our friends, family, and neighbors.

I appreciate the opportunity to share as Paul Harvey would say, “The rest of the Story” with facts and data that exposes the truth so YOU CAN DECIDE intelligently for yourself.

Check out these sources to do some research on your own, if you haven’t already.

Democrats and certain establishment Republicans crave big government power and graft.  They will forever fight against true simplification of the tax structure, and it’s up to Conservatives and Libertarians to join the battle to complete this mission.


 
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Posted by on November 3, 2011 in Congress, Taxes

 

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