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April 05, 2011



What I'm finding intersting is the groups that are firmly in favor of the e-tax are just as firmly against modifying Proposition B. Prop B is an unfunded mandate that provides no resources for enforcement. One such group is Show Me Progress (thanks, Brent, I needed a shower after I went to that web site, LOL). They love the e-tax and they don't want Prop B modified.

It's as though these people have the idea that services are free and money just falls out of the sky - like the e-tax money has been seemingly doing since the 60s/70s. one of the big promises when the e-tax was passed (I was a kid and living in KCMO at the time) was the city would provide free trash bags if voters passed the e-tax. Those trash bags became the biggest pain in the backside for the city. Every time the city tried to straighten out the budget and take away the free trash bags, people darn near rioted. I believe they finally got rid of them in the early 90s or so. Thank goodness - were were tired of the trash bag fights on the news.

What's interesting is both campaigns (Prop A and Prop B) were funded by special interest groups, but at least the people behind Prop A actually live in this state. Ballot initiatives have become a mechanism for special interests with deep pockets to promote an agenda. We saw it previously in Missouri with cockfighting. The legislature had no interest whatsoever in changing that law.

I wasn't in favor of Prop A. If the people that live in St. Louis and KCMO don't like the e-tax they should take it upon themselves to do something about it at the local level. I just don't think it's a good idea for special interest groups to use fat bank accounts to promote their own agenda, even if they're well-intentioned (like Rex Sinquefield's on Prop A and the earnings tax).


I am not a fan of the eTax, but voted against Prop A. Not because I didn't think people should get to vote to repeal it (that I favored), but because it prevented any other city from being able to pass an eTax. There are many cities in this state that rely heavily on workers from other cities (Branson comes to mind) that should have the ability to do it if they want.


Well, I must admit my schadenfreude has been showing loudly and clearly on the Prop A issue. It's just been kind of fun to watch politicians squirm, worry, and suffer for a change.


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