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Hancock Reacts to Amendment Four

April 2, 1996
By: Kelly Just
State Capital Bureau

United States Representative, Mel Hancock says Missouri voters didn't get to hear from both sides on the debate over ammendment four...a statewide issue that was approved in Tuesday's election. Kelly Just has the story from Jefferson City.

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Congressman Hancock says he's not surprised amendment four passed, considering the amount of money spent on ads backing the measure.

The amendment allows the state to raise taxes up to 50 million dollars every year without needing consent from the people.

Hancock says his opposition to the amendment is not a vendetta against Governor Carnahan.

He says he's just worried about the effects of more tax hikes on future generations.

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Hancock says it wasn't fair for Carnahan to put ammendment four on the April ballot when voter turnout is so low.

He suggests the issue was introduced now, so the governor could use the limitation of taxes as part of his re-election campaign in the fall.

Reporting from Jefferson City, I'm Kelly Just.