Conservative advocacy group finds 230 tax issues before Mo. voters
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Conservative advocacy group finds 230 tax issues before Mo. voters

Date: February 13, 2013
By: Elizabeth Hagedorn
State Capitol Bureau

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Conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity took its message of lower taxes to the state Capitol Wednesday.
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Wrap: The group's state chapter said residents across Missouri will vote in April on about 230 tax or bond proposals.

That's the combined total from at least 85 percent of Missouri's counties.

St. Louis County alone, the group says, has 15 proposed tax issues on the ballot -- including a local sales tax for the Gateway Arch.  

The group's director Patrick Werner says while the group is not calling for any specific action from state lawmakers, he hopes they will take local ballot issues into account this session.

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Description: "Subjecting Missourians to one, two, three , four, five different tax increases in 2013 just doesn't seem to make good economic sense."

Lawmakers this session are considering a nearly $1 billion bonding proposal, as well as a transportation sales tax.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Elizabeth Hagedorn, Newsradio 1120 KMOX.

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Conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity says Missourians will vote on about 230 local tax initiatives this April.
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Wrap: The group, which advocates for lower taxes and limited government, says 85 percent of the state's counties will put before voters tax increases or bonding issues.

The director of the state chapter, Patrick Werner said he hopes this number will strike a chord with lawmakers debating new tax hikes.

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Description: "Back home in their communities they may have some local taxes they should take into consideration when they talk about various or different bond proposals when they're up here in Jefferson City."

Lawmakers this session are considering a nearly $1 bonding proposal, as well as a transportation sales tax.

 Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Elizabeth Hagedorn, Newsradio 1120 KMOX.


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