Recently two ideas are being lauded and supported by many legislators, such as the need to make the rainy day fund workable by expanding the payback period from three to ten years and the collection of sales tax from online purchases.
Another revenue generator is to raise the cigarette tax by 17 cents, which could raise millions annually. All of these measures can be taken up and passed by the Missouri General Assembly and signed by our Governor at the upcoming special session in September. We can call it the “Tornado, Flood Relief and Energy Fund,” as the funds are sorely needed in those areas immediately.
How can we help Missourians like those in Joplin, Bridgeton and Southeast Missouri who have been devastated by natural disasters if we have to cut programs for others facing economic or health disasters? Together these three programs enable an increase in education and social services funding and allow us to help the storm-distressed.
Government enables society to help people with problems that are too big for an individual to handle. I urge Speaker Tilley and Governor Nixon to respond to these issues positively.
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