Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The most contested statewide ballot question asked if voters would raise tobacco taxes to fund education and anti-smoking initiatives. Other measures asked for changes in the selection of judges, and local control of the St. Louis Police Department.
Update 1:36 a.m. Wednesday with final update with 100 percent reporting Among the items on the ballot were four statewide ballot questions, the most notably contested was Proposition B, which would would increase tobacco taxes $0.0365 per cigarette and 25% of the manufacturer's invoice price for roll-your-own tobacco and 15% for other tobacco products, according to the ballot language. Estimated revenues of at least $283 million would fund public education in Missouri along with smoking prevention programs. Yes: 49.2 % No: 50.8 % Other statewide questions: Yes: 63.9 % No: 36.1 % Yes: 24 % No: 76 % Yes: 61.8 % No: 38.2 %
Monday, November 5, 2012
No matter where you live in Missouri, you'll be able to decide on these four ballot questions on Tuesday's ballot
Meanwhile, a ballot question in California will be watched closely by Creve Coeur-based Monsanto. According to Baldwin Park Patch, "Proposition 37 would make California the first state in the union to require that certain plant or animal products sold be labeled if its genetic material has been modified." Monsanto has supported the opposition campaign with more than $8 million in donations, the largest single donor to the effort, according to votersedge.org. Last month, a company spokeswoman told Patch that while Monsanto supports the No on 37 efforts, "We can’t really speculate on what this would mean for the company, it’s too soon to know what the specific requirements are that may be imposed should the initiative pass, and how food …
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Missouri voters will be asked on Nov. 6 to consider a ballot question raising tobacco taxes from 17 to 90 cents on name-brand cigarettes; off brands, the hike is larger.
It's one of those hyper-divisive issues, and it's on the ballot on Nov. 6. Why is Proposition B so divisive? Well, for starters, it involves two relatively unpopular practices: raising taxes and smoking. But here's the thing: If you don't smoke, do you really care about raising taxes on smokers? And if you smoke, are you ever going to vote for a hike in tobacco taxes? That's what Prop B is about. In basic English, the measure would boost state taxes from 17 to 90 cents on name-brand cigarettes. For off-brands, the state tax would rise to $1.47 a pack. In the less-plain language of the actual ballot question, Prop B would: In the shorthand of the opponents, the measure amounts to a 760 percent tax increase, and they say that's just not …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Wednesday night, board members will also address discuss ongoing talks of a partnership with the Rockwood School District.
In a closed portion of the Parkway School District's regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting Wednesday, members will discuss the status of a district bus driver who has been recommended for termination following an incident on the first day of school. The driver was suspended after district officials said she let a third grade student at Craig Elementary off at a stop other than her own. The girl was disoriented while trying to walk home and was discovered in Creve Coeur Park. A district spokeswoman called the driver's actions "Unacceptable" and said Superintendent Dr. Keith Marty had recommended the driver lose her job. In other business, the board will: The Board of Educaiton meets at 7:30 p.m. at Parkway Central Middle School …