Missouri votes recently voted on a state wide ballot initiative relating to health care. Missouri voters will be voting on more ballot initiative this November. Secretary of State Robin Carnahan recently certified two ballot initiative to appear on November’s ballot: The Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act and a measure to earning taxes in two cities in Missouri. Ballot initiatives can appear on Missouri ballot through a petition drive or a resolution passed by the General Assembly.
The Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act would require puppy mills, or dog breeders, to treat their dogs humanly, limit the amount of dogs in puppy mills to 50, and make puppy mill cruelty a misdemeanor. Missouri Federation of Animal Owners prefer the term dog breeders. This initiative was sponsored by the Humane Society of Missouri because there as been a lot of dogs abused in puppy mills. A successful petition drive collected 190,000 signatures for this initiative.
The Missouri Federation of Animal Owners argue they are following regulation that is already on the books and this petition would make it harder to do business. They argue that the real goal is to ban puppy mills in Missouri; however, in March the Better Business Bureau (BBB) reported that 1,800 other Missouri dog breeding facilities lacked enough inspections. This is the motivation behind petition drive. The Puppy Mill Cruelty Act will appear on November’s Ballot as proposition B. Proposition A is about the earnings tax.
Proposition A is sponsored by Rex Sinquefield. Proposition A would phased out the earning taxes and Kansas City and St. Louis over the next 10 years. It would not replace the taxes with anything but within the phase out period voters in those cities would have a chance to voter to replace it with a different tax or retain the earnings tax. Sinquefield believe the economies in St. Louis and Kansas City would boom with out earnings tax, but opponents like St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce oppose the petition out of fear it bankrupt their cities. This was a successful petition drive as well.
Missouri Voters would be voting on two proposed constitutional amendments. Both Proposal was passed through resolutions by the state legislator.
Amendment I would require tax assessors of counties be elected officials. This issue came about when some residence of the St. Louis County where unhappy with the assessments of the current assessors. County Executive Charlie Dooley argue that the Missouri votes have no business deciding for the county on this issue. Constitutional amendment II would exempt from property taxes all real property used as a homestead by any Missouri citizen who is a former prisoner of war with a total service-connected disability. Look for more articles on these issues.