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May God bless you - Representative Bill Reiboldt
With the dust now settled from the November 8 General Election, it is time for us to examine how Missouri will look come January 2017. First of all, Republicans made a clean sweep of all five of the statewide offices on the fall ballot, with Eric Greitens winning the Governor seat, Mike Parson taking the Lieutenant Governor seat, Josh Hawley securing the Attorney General position, Jay Ashcroft snagging the Secretary of State office, and Eric Schmidt capturing the State Treasurer spot. The only statewide office not held by a Republican is that of State Auditor, and it will come up for election in 2018.
Most Americans think of Thanksgiving as a special time of year, a time to have a break from school or work, enjoy a long weekend, visit with family and friends, experience marathon shopping, watch great football, and eat lots of good food. For others, Thanksgiving is the start of the holiday season, a day that will soon be followed by Christmas and New Year’s. However, for some individuals, including myself, Thanksgiving is a time we reflect on our American history and our belief in God and our desire to thank Him for the wonderful blessings we have enjoyed as a nation.
Historically, Thanksgiving can be traced back to the 1620s, when after crop harvesting was completed early American settlers gathered to thank God for the abundance they had received. In November of 1623 at Plymouth Plantation (a Pilgrim colony) Governor William Bradford issued this proclamation: “All you pilgrims with your wives and little ones, do gather at the Meeting House, on the hill…there to listen to the pastor, and render thanksgiving to the Almighty God for all His blessings.” Most historians believe that this was the origin of our annual Thanksgiving celebration.
Last week we Americans were able to exercise our right to vote, in part because of the brave men and women who served in our nation’s armed forces. As citizens from all walks of life turned out to cast their vote and make their voices heard on Election Day, it was an important reminder of our freedoms and of those who made them possible. Many of these individuals we can rightfully call heroes. On Veteran’s Day we paused to honor those who put their loyalty and their love of country above all else. We took time to thank the ones who risked their lives, and in some cases, sacrificed their lives to ensure we have the privilege of voting on Election Day.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016, is election day in the United States, and our nation’s citizens are set to help determine the future of not only their own individual states, but also of our nation as a whole. With all the bizarre happenings in this election cycle, it has to have been the most unpredictable one of my lifetime, and one that won’t soon be forgotten. Not long ago I ran across an interesting quote about elections from George Orwell, author of the novel Animal Farm, in which he says, “All elections are crazy; some are more crazy than others.” There doesn't seem to be any truer statement regarding this year’s election season. Personally, I believe that even with all the craziness surrounding this election, the decisions being made today will set the course of our nation for many decades to come.
As the 2016 November General Election approaches, voters are preparing to decide on 5 constitutional amendments and 1 proposition. My focus this week will be on two of the proposed constitutional amendments, 4 and 6.
Constitutional Amendment 4:
Constitutional Amendment 4, known as the taxpayer protection amendment, would seek to prevent new state or local sales tax on the use of services. A service can be any transaction for which labor is compensated: haircuts, home and auto repairs, medical care, legal services or representation. The following is how the proposal will appear on the November ballot:
Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to prohibit a new state or local sales/use or other similar tax on any service of transaction that was not subject to a sales/use or similar tax as of January 1, 2015?
Potential costs to state and local governmental entities are unknown, but could be significant. The proposal’s passage would impact governmental entity’s ability to revise their tax structures. State and local governments expect no savings from this proposal.
Select Committee on Agriculture - Chairman
Appropriations - Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources