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Election 2016

Missouri Races

US Senate - Missouri

Roy Blunt - Republican
Jason Kander - Democrat
Jonathon Dine - Libertarian
Johnathan McFarland - Green
Fred Ryman - Constitution

Governor

Eric Greitens - Republican
Chris Koster - Democrat
Cisse Spragins - Libertarian
Don Fitz - Green
Lester Turilli - Independent

Lieutenant Governor

Mike Parson - Republican
Russ Carnahan - Democrat
Steven Hedrick - Libertarian
Jennifer Leach - Green

Secretary of State

Jay Ashcroft - Republican
Robin Smith - Democrat
Chris Morrill - Libertarian

Attorney General

Josh Hawley - Republican
Teresa Hensley - Democrat

Treasurer

Eric Schmitt - Republican
Judy Baker - Democrat 
Sean O'Toole - Libertarian
Carol Hexem - Green

Missouri Ballot Measures with Marc Cox

There are six ballot measures facing Missouri voters on November 8. 

Marc Cox of The Marc Cox Show has laid out each measure for you. You will see each measure below with the ballot text written in italics, Marc's vote written in bold, followed by an explanation of how he came to that Yes or No vote. You can watch and listen to Marc talk about the measures on the video below or read through the notes below.

Constitutional Amendment 1

Shall Missouri continue for 10 years the one-tenth of one percent sales/use tax that is used for soil and water conservation and for state parks and historic sites, and resubmit this tax to the voters for approval in 10 years?

Marc’s vote: YES.

I love Missouri’s State Parks, and importantly, this does not raise taxes.  It simply continues an existing one-tenth of one percent sales tax. Vote Yes on 1.

 

Constitutional Amendment 2

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:

establish limits on campaign contributions by individuals or entities to political parties, political committees, or committees to elect candidates for state or judicial office;

prohibit individuals and entities from intentionally concealing the source of such contributions;

require corporations or labor organizations to meet certain requirements in order to make such contributions; and

provide a complaint process and penalties for any violations of this amendment?

It is estimated this proposal will increase state government costs by at least $118,000 annually and have an unknown change in costs for local governmental entities. Any potential impact to revenues for state and local governmental entities is unknown.

Marc’s vote: NO

This goes back to my support for the Citizen’s United decision that Hillary Clinton so despises.  Liberals want to crush free speech, and don’t think you are smart enough to make a decision on your own.  Vote no on this severe restriction on your rights.

 

Constitutional Amendment 3

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:

increase taxes on cigarettes each year through 2020, at which point this additional tax will total 60 cents per pack of 20;

create a fee paid by cigarette wholesalers of 67 cents per pack of 20 on certain cigarettes, which fee shall increase annually; and

deposit funds generated by these taxes and fees into a newly established Early Childhood Health and Education Trust Fund?

When cigarette tax increases are fully implemented, estimated additional revenue to state government is $263 million to $374 million annually, with limited estimated implementation costs. The revenue will fund only programs and services allowed by the proposal. The fiscal impact to local governmental entities is unknown.

Marc’s vote: NO

I am no fan of smoking, but this does not need to be a Constitution Amendment. What does a sin tax on smoking have to do with early childhood education?  If liberals are willing to tax your cigarettes today, will it be your 32-ounce Big Gulp tomorrow? Vote NO on Amendment 3.

 

Constitutional Amendment 4

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?

Marc’s vote: YES

This is the equivalent of the Hancock Amendment, which liberals loathe. It prevents them from cooking up new ways to redistribute your hard earned cash. It would prevent things such as a “Real Estate transaction tax” on the services provided by agents, or a tax on other services such as legal or professional services.  Vote Yes to forever prevent such a tax.

 

Constitutional Amendment 6

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?

Marc’s vote: YES

Voter fraud exists. This will be the single best way to prevent that moving forward. It is the companion Amendment to the Voter ID bill that was approved by the legislature during the Veto Override session.  Democrats throw tantrums over this about “disenfranchised” voters, but seriously – who do you know who doesn’t have a photo ID? Additionally, the law would provide one FOR FREE if they don’t already have one. The only people who would oppose this must not care about the sanctity of our most precious right as citizens. Vote YES on the Voter ID Amendment.

 

Proposition A

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.

Marc’s vote: NO, NO, NO!

Yes, this is another attempt to raise cigarette taxes, and again I’m dedicated in my opposition to sin taxes. What does smoking have to do with transportation and infrastructure? What legal product will liberals go after next? Vote NO on Prop A.

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