Think carefully about Proposition A. The proposal would forbid earnings taxes in any Missouri communities that currently have none. But remember: according to Missouri law only St. Louis, Kansas City, and St. Joseph have the legal authority to establish such a tax. Moreover, should the Legislature give other communities that power, the consent of local voters is required as a result of the Hancock Amendment, passed by voters in 1980.
The proposal also requires that voters in the two Missouri cities that have earnings taxes - St. Louis and Kansas City - vote in a referendum every five years to decide whether to keep those taxes. A no vote in such elections will be irrevocable.
Consider the consequences:
So, as I see on TV slick advertisements for Proposition A where we are told that the intent of the proposal is simply to "let voters decide," I can only hope enough of us will all be smart enough to see beyond that slogan to imagine what could really happen in our state - and to our state - if this proposal should become law.