The Capitol Report | October 6th, 2016

Additional November Ballot Measures

Missouri has several ballot measures or propositions to consider this election year. Ballot measures are proposed pieces of legislation that must be approved or rejected by eligible voters to become law. As we near the November election, I will continue to briefly summarize each ballot measure that you will see when you head to the polls next month. This week, I will conclude the list with the last three ballot measures.

Constitutional Amendment 4 asks: Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to prohibit a new state or local sales/use or other similar tax on any service or transaction that was not subject to a sales/use or similar tax as of January 1, 2015? Potential costs to state and local governmental entities are unknown, but could be significant. The proposal’s passage would impact governmental entity’s ability to revise their tax structures.  State and local governments expect no savings from this proposal.

Constitutional Amendment 6 asks: Shall the Constitution of Missouri be amended to state that voters may be required by law, which may be subject to exception, to verify one’s identity, citizenship, and residence by presenting identification that may include valid government-issued photo identification? The proposed amendment will result in no costs or savings because any potential costs would be due to the enactment of a general law allowed by this proposal. If such a general law is enacted, the potential costs to state and local governments is unknown, but could exceed $2.1 million annually.

Proposition A asks: Shall Missouri law be amended to:

  • increase taxes on cigarettes in 2017, 2019, and 2021, at which point this additional tax will total 23 cents per pack of 20;
  • increase the tax paid by sellers on other tobacco products by 5 percent of manufacturer’s invoice price;
  • use funds generated by these taxes exclusively to fund transportation infrastructure projects; and
  • repeal these taxes if a measure to increase any tax or fee on cigarettes or other tobacco products is certified to appear on any local or statewide ballot?

State government revenue will increase by approximately $95 million to $103 million annually when cigarette and tobacco tax increases are fully implemented, with the new revenue earmarked for transportation infrastructure. Local government revenues could decrease approximately $3 million annually due to decreased cigarette and tobacco sales.

In other news, I will be holding a local listening post open to the public on Monday, October 24th at 6 PM at the Country Kitchen in Cuba. Aaron Jeffries, Deputy Director of Outreach and Policy with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and other conservation staff will join me. The listening post will provide local citizens with the opportunity to ask any questions, provide suggestions or comments, discuss new hunting and fishing regulations, learn about MDC programs and services, and other related topics.

You may read in more detail about what is happening at your State Capitol below.

As always, I will work diligently for you as your State Representative.

-Jason

 

 

Missouri has several ballot measures or propositions to consider this election year. Ballot measures are proposed pieces of legislation that must be approved or rejected by eligible voters to become law. As we near the November election, I will continue to briefly summarize each ballot measure that you will see when you head to the polls next month. This week, I will conclude the list with the last three ballot measures.

Constitutional Amendment 4
Proposed by Initiative Petition

Official Ballot Question:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to prohibit a new state or local sales/use or other similar tax on any service or transaction that was not subject to a sales/use or similar tax as of January 1, 2015?

Potential costs to state and local governmental entities are unknown, but could be significant. The proposal’s passage would impact governmental entity’s ability to revise their tax structures.  State and local governments expect no savings from this proposal.

Fair Ballot Language:

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.

Constitutional Amendment 6
Proposed by 98th General Assembly (Second Regular Session) – SS HJR 53

Official Ballot Question:

Shall the Constitution of Missouri be amended to state that voters may be required by law, which may be subject to exception, to verify one’s identity, citizenship, and residence by presenting identification that may include valid government-issued photo identification? The proposed amendment will result in no costs or savings because any potential costs would be due to the enactment of a general law allowed by this proposal. If such a general law is enacted, the potential costs to state and local governments is unknown, but could exceed $2.1 million annually.

Fair Ballot Language:

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 identification that may include valid government-issued photo identification. Exceptions to this identification requirement may also be provided by law.

A “no” vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution regarding elections.

If passed, this measure will have no impact on taxes.

Proposition A
Proposed by Initiative Petition

Official Ballot Question:

Shall Missouri law be amended to:

  • increase taxes on cigarettes in 2017, 2019, and 2021, at which point this additional tax will total 23 cents per pack of 20;
  • increase the tax paid by sellers on other tobacco products by 5 percent of manufacturer’s invoice price;
  • use funds generated by these taxes exclusively to fund transportation infrastructure projects; and
  • repeal these taxes if a measure to increase any tax or fee on cigarettes or other tobacco products is certified to appear on any local or statewide ballot?

State government revenue will increase by approximately $95 million to $103 million annually when cigarette and tobacco tax increases are fully implemented, with the new revenue earmarked for transportation infrastructure. Local government revenues could decrease approximately $3 million annually due to decreased cigarette and tobacco sales.

Fair Ballot Language:

A “yes” vote will amend Missouri law to increase taxes on cigarettes in 2017, 2019, and 2021, at which point this additional tax will total 23 cents per pack of 20. This amendment also increases the tax paid by sellers on other tobacco products by 5 percent of manufacturer’s invoice price. This amendment further provides that the funds generated by these taxes shall be used exclusively to fund transportation infrastructure projects. These taxes are repealed if a measure to increase any tax or fee on cigarettes or other tobacco products is certified to appear on any local or statewide ballot.

A “no” vote will not amend Missouri law relating to taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products.

If passed, this measure will increase taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Cuba Listening Post

I will be holding a local listening post open to the public on Monday, October 24th at 6 PM at the Country Kitchen in Cuba, MO. Aaron Jeffries, Deputy Director of Outreach and Policy with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and other conservation staff will join me. The listening post will provide local citizens with the opportunity to ask any questions, provide suggestions or comments, discuss new hunting and fishing regulations, learn about MDC programs and services, and other related topics.

I look forward to the opportunity of holding a listening post in the 120th Legislative District. I know individuals have questions, suggestions, and concerns. Therefore, I encourage everyone who is able to come out and join us on the 24th for an informative discussion!

I am committed to serve the constituents of the 120th District, so please feel free to contact my office anytime at 573-751-1688. Your District 120 Capitol Office is 201 W Capitol Ave, Rm 115-H, Jefferson City, MO 65101. If you wish to unsubscribe from this report, please email Dylan Bryant at dylan.bryant@house.mo.gov

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