November Ballot Measures Forum

Did you miss the 8th Ward Dems meeting last month but still want information about the ballot initiatives on the November 8th ballot? The 15th Ward Dems organized this event and invited everyone to join them! Please let me know if you have any questions!
(And FYI – The 8th Ward Dems endorsed a Yes vote on Amendments 1 and 2, and No votes on Amendments 3, 4, 6, and Proposition A. If you have any questions about those endorsements, please ask!)
Issues Forum: 2016 Ballot Measures (on Nov. 8th ballot)
Thursday, October 6th
6:30PM
Carpenter Library
3309 S. Grand Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63118
Overview: Speakers will be allotted 5 minutes to present their case for or against each ballot measure, followed by brief Q&A from the audience.
In a nutshell, the Amendments are focused on the following:

*Amendment 1 – Continuing sales/use tax used for soil and water conservation and for state parks and historic sites

*Amendment 2 – Campaign contribution reform

*Amendment 3 – An increase in cigarette taxes and fees to be deposited into a newly established Early Childhood Health and Education Trust Fund. The tax increase will be each year through 2020, at which point this additional tax will total 60 cents per pack of 20. This amendment also creates a fee paid by cigarette wholesalers of 67 cents per pack of 20 on certain cigarettes.

*Amendment 4 – Prohibits 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.

*Amendment 6 – Voter ID required at polls. Voters may be required by law to verify their identity, citizenship, and residence by presenting identification that may include valid government-issued photo identification.

*Proposition A – An increase in cigarette taxes to be used exclusively to fund transportation infrastructure projects. Tax increases will be 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.

Further details regarding the 2016 Ballot Measures can be found at:
https://www.sos.mo.gov/petitions/2016BallotMeasures

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