What Do Bingo, Gasoline, and Marijuana Have in Common?
Missouri voters will grapple with these and other controversial issues when they go to the polls November 6. Several measures concern legalization of medical marijuana. One pertains to advertising and management of bingo games.
Proposition B would gradually increase the Missouri Minimum Wage to $12 by 2023.
Proposition D asks voters to increase the motor fuel tax by 2.5 cents a year, which would amount to 10 cents a gallon over 4 years. Currently, Missouri's gas tax is 17 cents a gallon.
The latest on the "on again, off again" battle over Constitutional Amendment 1 is the measure WILL appear on the November ballot. It was blocked for a time by a Cole County judge, who said it contained too many topics. However, a Missouri appellate court has just overturned the lower court ruling. The appeals court ruled the amendment has a common purpose: regulating the Legislature.
The multi-faceted amendment would change how legislative districts are drawn up, amend campaign contribution limits for state legislature candidates, prohibit state legislators from serving as paid lobbyists for a period of time, and establish a $5 limit on gifts from lobbyists. It also requires legislative records and proceedings to be open to the public.
More information is available on the Missouri Secretary of State's website at https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/petitions/2018BallotMeasures
The burning question from my standpoint is this: Could '5 Below' become the store of choice for lobbyists in Missouri?