July 30, 2014
WELCOME to the Missouri Association for Social Welfare!
It is the mission of MASW to provide the leadership, research, education and advocacy to improve public
policies and programs impacting the health and welfare of all people in Missouri.
We hope that our website allows you to learn about MASW, such as
- Upcoming Events (see below)
- How to Join MASW
- A list of all of our different subgroups, or what we call Task Forces.
- Current legislative issues affecting Missourians
- HMIS (Homeless Missourians Information System)
- Our different MASW chapters around the state
Please feel free to contact us at (573)634-2901 or email@example.com if you have any questions!
August 5th Primary Election Ballot
Several important issues are on the August 5th Primary Election Ballot. On June 28, the MASW Board of Directors endorsed a Vote No position on three constitutional amendments: Amendments 1, 5 and 7.
NO ON AMENDMENT 1
If this deceptively worded “Right to Farm” becomes the law, Missouri’s
local governments may lose their ability to stop agriculture corporations
from polluting and contaminating our state. Property values could
sharply decline in areas where Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations
and corporate farms exist.
This measure will line the pockets of corporations, many located
thousands of miles away. Stand with family farmers and the MO Rural
Crisis Center: Vote No on Amendment 1.
NO ON AMENDMENT 5
Amendment 5 seeks to amend the MO Constitution to state that the
right to keep and bear arms is an unalienable right and that the state
government is obligated to uphold that right. Jackson County
Prosecuting Attorney Jean Peters Baker and St. Louis City Circuit
Attorney Jennifer M. Joyce have written a letter opposing the proposal
which states “The Constitution and laws of our State already protect the hunter, the lawful citizen, and those acting in self-defense....the only ones that stand to benefit from this new language are gang members, drug dealers, domestic abusers, and other criminals.” The fiscal note for Amendment 5 acknowledges: “….the proposal’s
passage will likely lead to increased litigation and criminal justice related costs. The total potential costs are unknown, but could be significant.” Vote No on Amendment 5.
NO ON AMENDMENT 7
Record-Breaking Tax Increase: The nearly 18% increase in the state sales tax will push the total sales tax to nearly 11 1/2% in some areas. Amendment 7 proposes the largest tax increase in the state's history.
Unfair Taxation: Trucks passing through Missouri--55% of the traffic--will not pay any more tax although they cause most of the road damage. Amendment 7 makes middle- and low-income people pay the biggest share.
Wrong Priority: Missourians will already pay tens of billions of dollars for roads over the next 10 years. But the state will fall short funding schools, collections, universities, health care, public safety and the criminal justice system.
MASW FILED A LAWSUIT
Voters, Beware! Amendment 7 Language May Mislead Some –MASW Decries Cole County Court Decision
Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Association for Social Welfare (MASW) today decried the decision by Cole County Circuit Court not to grant Missouri voters relief in the matter of the ballot language for Amendment 7. Jeanette Mott Oxford, executive director of MASW, said, “We believe the voters of Missouri deserve truth in advertising and ballot language that is scrupulously true, impartial and clear.”
MASW’s principle objections to the ballot language are as follows:
- The ballot language mentions only one tax being increased to support transportation projects. Two taxes are actually being raised, the sales tax and the use tax.
- The use of the word “temporary” without further description may cause some to assume the sales and use tax increases will automatically sunset after a short duration.
- By not furnishing the current rate of sales tax and use tax, 4.225 percent, votes may assume the increase comes to less than one percent, instead of the reality – the increase is almost 18 percent.
- The fiscal note summary was written and published before the fiscal note for the amended bill was calculated and published – a case of the tail wagging the dog.
“We object to our opponents slowing the case down and then pleading that the case was too late. We further believe that using language related to safety on the ballot creates an emotional squeeze meant to frighten voters,” said Oxford. “House Joint Resolution 68 that put this on the ballot is silent about what is meant by safety.”
MASW offers the following guidance for Missouri voters regarding Amendment 7:
- Don’t wait. Start studying the issue now.
- If you arrive at the polls on Aug. 5 without studying the issue, search for the 11 x 17 fair ballot language statement somewhere on the wall of the polling site to learn what Amendment 7 will do. Do not depend on the ballot title and fiscal note summary alone.
- Reject use of regressive sales and use taxes to fund our transportation needs. There are far better alternatives, including modernization of our fuel tax to restore its purchasing power, coupled with an income-based rebate. Vote no on Amendment 7 on August 5.
Click here for a printable version of why MASW filed a lawsuit to try to get that language improved.
Want to see the latest report on poverty for Missouri?
Click here for the latest State of the State: Poverty in Missouri report released January 15, 2014.
We are still focusing on Medicaid Expansion. Check out this article that explains what effects Missouri will incur by NOT expanding Medicaid.
Thanks to everyone who attended our forum on August 9!
Politicians and talk show pundits are claiming a study in Oregon proves that Medicaid is not effective in improving health outcomes. Not so! Read the facts here: OR Medicaid Experiment Fact Sheet
UPCOMING TASK FORCE & CHAPTER MEETINGS
All meetings can be attended via conference call. Please contact the Chair person listed for each meeting in order to receive the call-in information.
Central Chapter Meeting
Wednesday August 20, 11:30 am.
606 E. Capitol Avenue, Jefferson City, MO
contact: Pam Rich
Human Rights Task Force Meeting
Thursday, August 28, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
606 E. Capitol Avenue, Jefferson City, MO
contact: Don Love