Missouri's Prop. B Is About Tobacco Taxes, Though You'd Never Know From Billboards

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Updated Nov. 5 with controversial radio ad from No MO Tax.

It's clear from the billboards sprouting up around Missouri that Proposition B is about raising taxes. But what exactly is the 760 percent tax increase that the "Vote No on Prop. B" signs warn you about?

Unless you're really into politics you'd never know. And that is somewhat by design.

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"The fact of the matter is you have limited space on a billboard to get your message across," explains Ronald Leone, treasurer of a PAC funded by the Missouri Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association (MPMCSA) that is paying for the advertisements. "The goal of the billboards is to start guiding voters toward the path of opposition. Then they can then go online [NoMoTax.com] or pickup a flier at a convenience store for more information."

And there -- in the fine print -- of those fliers (below) is what Proposition B is all about.
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waw2012fenow
waw2012fenow

It may be about stopping people from voting for more taxes on tobacco but what we need to do is view the concept of over taxation.  How can we dignify allowing anything to be over taxed knowing that we just gave them the power to then over tax anything.  I mean you can out tax smokers, drivers, eaters, drinkers, fliers, movie goers, gadget users, cloths shoppers, amusement seekers, and on and on and on.............

ZeDingo
ZeDingo

>tax & spend fanatics>GOP majority in state houses

Thank you, convenience stores, for showing the truth! 

tri_x_ter
tri_x_ter

I smoke tobacco and I don't like tobacco. What I like even less is when people want to tax tobacco under the guise of providing education dollars. I feel this will end up like it did with the lotto and this money will not go to schools and your property taxes will get raised again and again to pay for an under preforming school system. 

bishop-78
bishop-78

80 cents per pack is NOT a small increase as proponents claim. not gonna happen

hawkwood58
hawkwood58

The Missouri Constitution clearly states that statutory spending constraints are NOT binding upon the Legislature. This is just a money grab by the State, meant to be borne by the poor.

lawsonjoe2008
lawsonjoe2008

Prop B is anti-income for the state. Missouri has the most states that border it than any other state. Missouri also has the lowest tobacco taxes of any state. The net affect of this is that surrounding states and their smokers come to Missouri to purchase tobacco products, along with gas, and other items while they are here. The amount of tobacco products sold is far greater than the amount of smokers in Missouri. The present low tax rate set on Missouri tabacco products has set up a cash cow for The State of Missouri tax base and thousands of Missouri businesses. The only affect that Prop B would have is to stop the out of state tobacco users from buying their product in Missouri as well as gas and other items, reducing our tax base. In addition, when smoking is finally snuffed out, we will no longer have a tobacco tax base to rely on, which means we will have to increase taxes on something else like property or sales taxes etc. to make up the difference. I'm not a smoker, but I do understand the scam that they are trying to pull over on the tax payers. In addition Prop B doesn't take into account the loss of tobacco purchasers that will no longer purchase in Missouri nor all the other items these out of state buyers add to the economy. To look at it another way. If Missouri Gas was $1.00 cheaper per gallon, all those bordering our state buy gas here, pay the state taxes and buy other stuff while here, make the gas more expensive they stay in their own state and keep the money there. Voting NO on Prop B is the only smart thing to do.

bruno1
bruno1

Ofcourse only 20% is going to smoking cessation,  why would they really want Missourians to quit smoking.  What would they do if no one in Missouri smoked, how would they make up for those millions maybe billions of dollars paid in taxes (at the current rate).  It's a joke to think that the money spent by the government on conditions caused by smoking come close to the amount of money raised on tobacco sales.  The government is regulating sugar, fatty foods why not tobacco.  Because it is directly tied to tax revenue.

rkdolls
rkdolls

I would like to know when they are gonna give equal raise in taxes on alcohol????? Every time they want to raise taxes it is always on tobacco how much more could you raise by putting the tax on alcohol since more and more people have stopped smoking...oh wait the politicians and other tax imposing groups would have to pay that tax...sorry my bad

 

America
America

I understand that smoking is bad, but this tax will do nothing but hurt the economy. It is like climbing a one-legged ladder: you may get higher, but the lack of foundation will inevitably make it fail. They propose no preemptive measures to prevent abuse of the money, just that they might catch them if they do... This law is bad for Missouri, and as Marcus Aurelius once said, "What is not good for the hive is not good for the bee.

bobell
bobell

Pack of smokes? You sure? Maybe try something else instead... like... Chewley's gum?

jealousblues1
jealousblues1

you know they are BS ads just by looking at them.  Just more manipulative bs 

superford61
superford61

Keep in mind America. All those people you screw with your so called sin taxes will eventually come back to bite you. The way religion has gone perverted and corrupt the taxing of religion is not too far down the line. And I for one , along with many others, will vote to tax the HELL out of it. So laugh and shaft me now for my money, I will get you back.

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