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2022 Ballot Amendments

Amendment 1
I could go either way STRONG LEAN YES however.
This bill would keep Missouri Tax Dollars invested in Missouri by allowing the state treasurer to invest in Missouri Municipal Bonds from the top 5 rated municipalities.
This sounds good and certainly has its benefits but the cons are that it will further politicize state funds in terms of the state treasurer investing in some cities over others – could this be used to garner favor for campaigning? Possibly.
I think like the idea of the state treasurer being granted further investment vehicles – currently fund companies like Blackrock and Vanguard have become hyper political with ESG and Social Justice tailored investments and our treasurer is divesting from them – he will need further investment choices as he begins to go elsewhere.

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[Proposed by 101st General Assembly (First Regular Session) HCS HJR 35

Official Ballot Title:

Do you want to amend the Missouri Constitution to:

allow the General Assembly to override the current constitutional restrictions of state investments by the state treasurer; and

allow state investments in municipal securities possessing one of the top five highest long term ratings or the highest short term rating?

State governmental entities estimate no costs and increased interest revenue of $2 million per year. Local governmental entities estimate no costs and increased interest revenue of at least $34,000 per year.

Amendment 3
BIG NO

I’m all for decriminalization and legalization of many things we have gotten wrong in our criminal justice system but this measure enshrines CRT into the state constitution.

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Proposed by Initiative Petition

Official Ballot Title:

Do you want to amend the Missouri Constitution to:

remove state prohibitions on purchasing, possessing, consuming, using, delivering, manufacturing, and selling marijuana for personal use for adults over the age of twenty-one;

require a registration card for personal cultivation with prescribed limits;

allow persons with certain marijuana-related non-violent offenses to petition for release from incarceration or parole and probation and have records expunged;

establish a lottery selection process to award licenses and certificates;

issue equally distributed licenses to each congressional district; and

impose a six percent tax on the retail price of marijuana to benefit various programs?

State governmental entities estimate initial costs of $3.1 million, initial revenues of at least $7.9 million, annual costs of $5.5 million, and annual revenues of at least $40.8 million. Local governments are estimated to have annual costs of at least $35,000 and annual revenues of at least $13.8 million.

Amendment 4
I could go either way.
The state legislature controls the Police Department Of Kansas City.
I could go no because I’m against State Control of local institutions and also because I don’t like the idea of the state making budget decisions for a city.
HOWEVER, I could also go YES because while we do have control, I’m for funding the police as needed – especially with inflation have cause havoc on their budget.

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[Proposed by 101st General Assembly (Second Regular Session) SS2 SJR 38

Official Ballot Title:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to authorize laws, passed before December 31, 2026, that increase minimum funding for a police force established by a state board of police commissioners to ensure such police force has additional resources to serve its communities?

State and local governmental entities estimate no additional costs or savings related to this proposal.

 Fair Ballot Language: 

A “yes” vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to allow the general assembly by law to increase the minimum funding for a police force established by the state board of police commissioners to ensure such police force has additional resources to serve its communities. Currently the only police force established by the state board of police commissioners is found in Kansas City, Missouri.

A “no” vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution regarding the funding for a police force established by the state board of police commissioners.

If passed, this measure will have no impact on taxes.

Amendment 5
I could go either way but I lean YES – This would basically take a process and administration we already have and confine it to its own department. This would make the administration of the states national guard more of its own entity.

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[Proposed by 101st General Assembly (Second Regular Session) HJR 116

Official Ballot Title:

Shall the Missouri National Guard currently under the Missouri Department of Public Safety be its own department, known as the Missouri Department of the National Guard, which shall be required to protect the constitutional rights and civil liberties of Missourians?

State governmental entities estimate no savings and ongoing costs of $132,000 annually. Local governmental entities estimate no costs or savings.

 Fair Ballot Language: 

A “yes” vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to create the Missouri Department of the National Guard as a new state agency, headed by an adjutant general appointed by and serving at the pleasure of the governor by and with the advice and consent of the senate. 

Constitutional Convention Question
I could go either way but I LEAN NO. Our state constitution isn’t great and it could use some cleaning up but it’s also not that bad. If there were a time to revise it would be now while republicans and conservatives dominate the state.

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[Proposed by Article XII, Section 3(a), Missouri Constitution]

Official Ballot Title:

Shall there be a convention to revise and amend the Constitution?

 Fair Ballot Language: 

A “yes” vote will require the governor to call an election of delegates to serve at a convention for the purpose of revising or amending the Missouri Constitution. Any revisions or amendments will then be put to a vote of the people for their consideration.

A “no” vote will mean no constitutional convention will be held.

Paul Curtman is a veteran of the U. S. Marine Corps, an author, conference speaker, and statesman. For nearly 20 years, Paul has helped lead and develop leaders in the United States military, public service sectors, and business. Paul is a strong advocate for personal and economic freedom as well as the strength and integrity of the free market system. He is a Fellow at Club for Growth in Washington D.C. and currently lives in Missouri with his wife, Ruth, and their four children.

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