October 19, 2006

Amendment 3 Could Make Smokers Pay More To Puff

It took a court order, but an initiative petition calling for increased taxes on tobacco products will be decided by Missouri voters on November 7th. Amendment 2 asks: Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to create a Healthy Future Trust Fund which will:

1. be used to reduce and prevent tobacco use, to increase funding for healthcare access and treatment for eligible low-income individuals and Medicaid recipients, and to cover administrative costs;

2. be funded by a tax of four cents per cigarette and twenty percent on other tobacco products; and

3. be kept separate from general revenue and annually audited?

The ballot states that the proposed additional taxes will generate an estimated $351-$499 million annually for tobacco control programs, healthcare for low income Missourians, and payments for services provided to Missouri Medicaid beneficiaries and uninsured Missourians.

The issue has sparked debate between proponents of the proposed law change and those who challenge the impacts the new tax would have.

The Committee for a Healthy Future was created to generate support for Amendment 3. The group, made up of health care professionals, physicians, and health care organizations, is championing the law change as an effort to stop the spread of smoking while providing needed financial assistance for medical care for under-served Missourians. The American Lung Association, the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society have all lent their support to the initiative.

The Committee for a Healthy Futures proposal provides funding for programs that treat smokingrelated illnesses, said Cindy Erickson, spokesperson and chief executive officer of the American Lung Association of Missouri. More importantly, for the first time, we can fund programs that will keep our children from smoking.

The committee points out that Missouri has the secondlowest tobacco tax rate in the country and, as a result, one of the highest rates of adult and teen smoking in the country. The proponents also state the constitutional amendment will ensure that funds generated will be protected from politicians and used only to address the deadly impacts of tobacco use and to provide increased access to health care services.

This is a mainstream, commonsense approach to two of the states biggest health care issues, namely teenage smoking and access to critical health care services for the most needy Missourians, said Katie Plax M.D., director, Adolescent Center, Department of Pediatrics, Washington University School of Medicine.

However not everyone shares the Committees belief that the tax revenue will be used as described.

According to Ronald J. Leone, Executive Director of MPCA, there are numerous reasons why Amendment 3 is a very bad idea, any one of which is sufficient to once again convince the majority of voters to reject the outrageous 470% tax increase.

Amendment 3 is not about smoking or the dangers of tobacco. Its about greed and the government wasting even more of our tax dollars. All you have to do is follow the money, said Leone.

Amendment 3 is an outrageous 470% tax increase, proportionally the largest in Missouris 185-year history. More than 82% of the tobacco tax increase is not required to be spent on tobacco related diseases or illnesses, Leone continued.

Instead, that same 82% fattens the wallets of the greedy hospitals, HMOs and drug companies that have bankrolled the massive and oppressive tax increase. These greedy private companies are trying to hoodwink voters into approving their very own constitutional slush fund, said Leone.

Since 2000, Missouri has wasted almost $1 billion in tobacco revenue that should have been spent on tobacco diseases and health care. A statewide problem such as health care requires a statewide solution and not the taxing of a targeted minority population by some well-heeled special interests. Were confident that common-sense Missourians will once again see through this slick Madison Avenue style campaign and defeat this outrageous 470% tax increase, Leone concluded.

Also opposing the proposed 80-cent a pack cigarette tax hike is, Missourians Against Unfair Taxes, a group of tobacco wholesalers and retailers in Missouri, who have organized to fight the proposal.

Group members say smokers are being unfairly targeted with a tax hike from 17 cents to 97 cents per pack or $9.70 per carton. The taxes would fall entirely on consumers.

If Amendment 3 passes, the combined taxes on a carton of cigarettes would be nearly $15. The state taxes would be in addition to the $3.90 per carton federal tax and the cigarette taxes that dozens of cities impose in Missouri. In St. Louis, for example, the cigarette tax is 70 cents a carton. In Springfield, the tax is 50 cents a carton. Local and state sales taxes are also added.

The group claims the public was kept from participating in the drafting of the initiative petition. The proposal was drafted in secret and the public was shut out, said Jim Boeving, of Missourians Against Unfair Taxes. The public was kept out because the proposal was designed by hospitals and doctors to benefit themselves. Boeving operates Discount Smokes & Beer in Springfield.

The group points out that last year, the state took in $145 million in tobacco settlement money but spent nothing on tobacco cessation efforts. This has caused Attorney General Jay Nixon, who was involved in the tobacco settlement, to become a staunch opponent of Amendment 3.

Proponents warn voters not to be mislead by information being circulated in opposition to the amendment.

Big tobacco and convenience stores have aligned to mislead and confuse the public about Amendment 3, Erickson stated. They have spent decades and billions of dollars to protect their profits by lying to the public so it comes as no surprise that they are at it again here in Missouri.

At issue is the allegation that the State Auditors fiscal note on Amendment 3 commits taxpayers to $2 billion in additional expenditures. In truth, the auditors fiscal note and a September 11, judgment issued by Cole County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Brown and an October 11 decision by the Missouri Supreme Court reached the same conclusiontaxpayers would not be committed to expenditures beyond the revenue generated by the tax. Specifically, they stated:

The actual level of spending will reflect the revenue realized through the increase in the tobacco tax. (Auditors fiscal note, p. 8)

The petition imposes a new tax on tobacco products, distributes only those proceeds and does not divert money from existing funds. (Judgment, p. 5)

We will never have the war chest Big Tobacco has to fight Amendment 3 in Missouri, said Erickson. But, we have the truth on our side. Amendment 3 will improve the future health of Missouri by lowering smoking rates, improving health care and keeping children from smoking.

Redmon Report

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by Fourth district Missouri State Representative Craig Redmon

Greetings from the Capitol,

 We have nearly reached the end of session and are working harder than ever to sure up the loose ends this session. Below I have an update on progress I have made with my own bills, but first I want to mention some progress made on one of my colleague’s bills.

Representative Bernskoetter’s HB 2057 (Concealed Carry Permit) was Third Read and Passed on the House Floor this Monday. It has now been First and Second Read in the Senate and was referred to the Senate Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure, and Public Safety.

This bill will strengthen our 2nd amendment right. In particular it limits the total dollar amount a person can be charged through any number of fees required to purchase a concealed carry permit to $100. No additional fee can be charged for finger printing, background checks, or anything else besides the permit itself. It also expands the right to use deadly force on private property. It specifies that guests on a private property, with the authority of the property owner can use deadly force in specified instances. I think this bill will help expand the peoples access to the 2nd amendment and I am in strong support of these changes to our laws.

(For more info http://www.house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB2057&year=2016&code=R)

 Update on my bills

 HB 1448- Changes the laws regarding sales and use tax exemptions for utilities used or consumed in the preparation of food. This Monday HB 1448 was taken up on the House Floor for Third Reading. It was passed 108 Ayes to 44 Noes. It was then reported to the Senate and First Read. On Thursday the Senate Second Read and Referred HB 1448 to the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. A Public Hearing has now been scheduled for this Tuesday, the 3rd, at 12:00 in Senate Hearing Room 1.

To learn more about my bills go to my Bills Sponsored Page at http://house.mo.gov/billreport.aspx?select=xSponsorDistrict:004&sortoptions=xsponsor&year=2016&code=R. There you can find the bill summaries, full text, reports from hearings and past actions and amendments.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to reach out to me by email at Craig.Redmon@house.mo.gov or phone by calling 573-751-3644.

Have a great weekend,

Craig

Candidates Sought for 2016 Scotland County Fair Queen Contest

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The Scotland County Fair Board is now seeking candidates for the 2016 Scotland County Fair Queen contest.

Young women from Scotland, Knox, and Schuyler counties between the ages of 17 and 24 are eligible to enter. The coronation will be held on July 11th at the Scotland County Fairgrounds at Memphis and the winner will be able to represent Scotland County at the 2016 Missouri State Fair.

Several events are being planned for the candidates which includes a trip to the Miss Missouri pageant in Mexico, MO.  A meeting will be held on June 1 at the Scotland County Fairgrounds for anyone interested in being a candidate.

For more information, please call 660-341-8558.

Brandon Alexander Honored in Missouri Times 30 Under 30 Feature

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A Scotland County graduate’s work in the Missouri political arena recently was recognized by one of the industry’s leading publications.

The Missouri Times named Brandon Alexander as part of the 2016 30 Under 30 feature, which recognizes 30 rising young stars in Missouri politics.

Alexander, who graduated from Northwest Missouri State University following his days at SCR-I, went on to complete an internship in the Missouri Senate before working for Representative Tony Dugger. Last year he took the position of digital campaign manager with Victory Enterprises, a comprehensive political and corporate consulting and communications firm based in Davenport, IA, with satellite offices in St. Louis, MO, and Springfield, IL.

The Missouri Times listed Alexander as one of the state’s up-and-coming political movers stating

“Alexander previously worked in the House, meeting and impressing the large Republican caucus. Now he puts those relationships and knowledge to use managing digital campaigns alongside Joe Lakin with Victory Enterprises. Next time you see a dramatic improvement in a Republican’s social media presence, chances are Alexander just picked up a new client.”

Juror Appreciation Week Thanks More Than 69,000 Missourians Who Reported for Jury Duty

Judges, lawyers and court clerks thank the 69,098 Missourians who reported for jury duty in state courts in 2016 as part of Missouri’s Juror Appreciation Week held May 1 through May 7, 2016. During the week, court staff and legal professionals will emphasize to jurors how important their contributions are to the courts, their communities and our legal system.

Missouri Bar President Erik Bergmanis said it is important to remember the right to trial by a jury is one of the fundamental guarantees included in the Bill of Rights.

“We thank the more than 69,000 Missourians who reported to jury duty last year,” Bergmanis said. “We understand jury duty can be inconvenient, but the right to a jury trial is fundamental to our liberty and democracy. That’s why we commend the thousands of Missouri citizens who reported to serve on a jury.”

More than 50 courthouses throughout the state will observe the week in different ways. Many will display a Missouri Bar poster that thanks jurors for doing their part. Judges also may take additional time to thank jurors and to acknowledge the significance of their service.

This year’s poster features the phrase “the jury is the heart of the American justice system,” echoing words from Founding Father and second president of the United States, John Adams, who in 1774 stated “representative government and trial by jury are the heart and lungs of liberty.”

Missouri is one of only a few states that hold a statewide Juror Appreciation Week. The observance began in 2000 by an order of the Supreme Court of Missouri, which states, “Each year thousands of Missourians perform one of the most significant civic duties granted to citizens — they serve as fair and impartial jurors in communities throughout the state. To honor those citizens who have performed their civic duty, all Missouri courts are directed to observe Juror Appreciation Week…”

Visit the event webpage to learn more about Juror Appreciation Week, watch a video on the importance of jurors, or take a quiz to test your knowledge on jury service.

The Missouri Bar is a statewide organization that is dedicated to improving the legal profession, the law and the administration of justice for all Missourians. Created in 1944 by order of the Supreme Court of Missouri, it serves all 30,000 of Missouri’s practicing lawyers. The Missouri Bar provides a wide range of services and resources to its members, as well as the media, educators and the citizens of Missouri. To learn more about The Missouri Bar, visit www.mobar.org and www.MissouriLawyersHelp.org.

Bible Grove Bar B Saddle Club Meets

The Bar B Saddle Club had their monthly meeting on April 27 at the club building. They will be holding a poker ride for horses and ATV’s this Saturday, May 7th starting at the club house with sign up starting at noon and the ride starting at 1:00 p.m. Entry fee is $5.00 per hand with a carry-in wiener roast following. All are welcome to attend!

Final preparations were made for the poker ride and wiener roast at the meeting. The next meeting will be Thursday, May 19th at 6:00 p.m. at the club house. Come on out to their event and support the newly formed saddle club.

Music Department Hosting Used Instrument Drive

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That trumpet in the attic was made to make music. The guitar case in the garage is collecting dust instead of being played by the next great musician.

If you have any good used, or easily repairable musical instruments would you consider putting them back to work? The Scotland County R-I Band is hosting a used instrument drive to find more pieces to put in the hands of youth wanting to learn how to make music.

“This is an excellent way for donors to ensure that their unused instruments find a new home in the hands of promising young students who are unable to afford or obtain a suitable instrument of their own,” said SCR-I band booster Ellen Aylward. Of course, cash donations will also be accepted to help offset the costs of repairs and refitting these instruments for future use.”

A starter trumpet can cost several hundred dollars, with violins, guitars and drum sets being even more expensive.

Donors to the SCR-I instrument drive will receive a receipt for fair market value for the music item, making the donation tax deductible.

For more information contact SCR-I music director Nathaniel Orr at 660-216-5426 or the SCR-I High School at 465-8907.

Sheriff’s Office to Join Youth Alcohol Enforcement Crackdown

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The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office Youth Alcohol Enforcement Campaign is joining the National Crackdown in an effort to reduce drunk driving fatalities.  The ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign will target substance-impaired drivers.

Local and state law enforcement will be out in full force as part of the annual nationwide May/Youth Alcohol Enforcement Crackdown ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ substance-impaired driving crackdown.  The crackdown, which will include high-visibility enforcement throughout Scotland County, will run from May 5-16, 2016.

The effective nationwide substance-impaired driving crackdown will also include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and will be supported by national paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb substance-impaired driving during the enforcement period.

The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office said its deputies will be aggressively looking for substance-impaired drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired.

Although it is illegal in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive impaired (having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher), far too many people across the nation get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or other illegal drugs. The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration underscore the serious nature of the nation’s continuing drunk driving epidemic.

“Every year, about one-third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more substance-impaired drivers or motorcycle operators,” said Chief Deputy Bryan Whitney. “In 2015, 178 people were killed and 605 seriously injured on Missouri’s roadways in crashes that involved at least one substance-impaired driver.” That works out to approximately one substance-impaired driver involved fatality every two days.

Whitney added the St. Patrick’s Day holiday is particularly dangerous. During the Youth Alcohol Enforcement Campaign May 1-12, 2015, four people were killed and eighteen seriously injured involving at least one substance-impaired driver that was under 21 years of age.

Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign reduces substance-impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Scotland County’s roadways safer for everyone throughout the holiday,” said Whitney.

“We want to remind everyone that getting behind the wheel impaired is a terrible idea. Unfortunately, not only does being under the influence impair your ability to operate a vehicle safely, it also impairs your judgment and good sense about whether you can, or should drive. If you have any doubt about your sobriety, do not get behind the wheel. If you do chose to drive impaired, you will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses,” Whitney said.

He also noted that being arrested for driving under the influence of any substance brings a wide range of negative consequences into one’s life. Substance—impaired drivers face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of their job. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators also often face tremendous personal embarrassment.

“Driving while impaired is simply not worth the risk. So don’t take the chance. Remember, we will be out in force and we will be watching, so ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” said Whitney.

For more information, visit the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign Headquarters at www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov, or www.saveMOlives.com.

SCR-I School Menus

Breakfast

Thursday, May 5 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, May 6 – Muffin for Mom, Muffins, Choice of Cereal, Orange Rings, Juice/Milk

Monday, May 9 – Donuts, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Fruit Medley, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, May 10 – Cinnamon Rolls, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Rings, Juice/Milk

Wednesday, May 11 – Breakfast Pizza, Choice of Cereal, Cinnamon Toast, Orange Rings, Juice/Milk.

Thursday, May 12 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Lunch

Thursday, May 5 – Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Chicken Quesadillas, Hamburger Bar, Buttered Corn, Garlic Bread, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Friday, May 6 – Sack Lunch

Monday, May 9 – Hot Dog/Bun, Bar BQ Ribb/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Scalloped Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, May 10 – Cheeseburger/Bun, Tenderloin/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Oven Ready Fries, Tomato Slices and Pickles, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, May 11 – Chicken and Noodles, Sliced Ham, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, Broccoli/Cheese Sauce, Dinner Roll, Sliced Pears, Fresh Fruit

Thursday, May 12 – Corn Dog, Chicken Fajitas, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Help Us Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week

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by SCR-I Superintendent Ryan Bergeson

On teacher appreciation week, we would like to take time to thank the teachers and faculty members at the Scotland County R-1 School District for their dedication and commitment to our students.  To quote the great Todd Whitaker “it is people and not programs that make the biggest difference.”  Great teachers make great public schools and the Scotland County R-1 School District is fortunate to have so many great teachers. faculty and coaches leading our youth.   Teacher Appreciation Week is recognized Monday, May 2 through Friday, May 6 this week at the Scotland County R-1 School District and we encourage you to thank a teacher this week that has made a positive impact on your life.

“Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.”
John F. Kennedy

ANNA GENEVA PARRISH (10/5/1928 – 5/1/2016)

Anna Geneva Parrish, age 87, of Montevallo, MO, passed away May 1, 2016 at Cedar County Memorial Hospital after a short illness.

She was born October 5, 1928, to Arthur and Eunice Egbert in Gorin, MO. She attended and graduated from Gorin School in 1947. Anna was a member of Gorin Methodist Church since her childhood.

After graduation she worked at National Fidelity Life Insurance in Kansas City, MO where she met many life-long friends, including her future sister-in-law, Madelene Parrish, who introduced her to her husband, Cap.

They married November 18, 1961 in Kansas City, MO. At that time Anna began her life-long career of being a homemaker and farm wife. She enjoyed raising chickens, working in the garden and attending to her flowers. After the tornado in 2006, Anna and Cap still remained on the farm in their new home.

On July 10, 1963, her son, Jeff, was born. The biggest joy of her life came in September 9, 2002 when her grandson Cameron Albert Parrish (Little Cap) was born. She enjoyed helping Cameron with all of his activities and getting his chickens ready for the fair. Even after Cap’s death, she enjoyed going with her son Jeff and grandson, Cameron to toy tractor shows.

Anna was a very loving and caring person. She enjoyed special occasions at Chicken Annies which was her favorite place to eat. She was looking forward to going there on Mother’s Day.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Cap Parrish; her parents, Arthur and Eunice Egbert; one son, Larry; one brother, Arthur Parrish; nephews, Kevin Parrish and Gray Calvin, her in-laws, Grace and Albert Parrish.

Anna is survived by one son, Jeff Parrish of Montevallo, MO; grandchildren, Cameron and Kelsey; two sisters-in-law, Madelene Parrish and Virginia Egbert; and a niece, Kim Calvin.

Funeral services are being held Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Sheldon Funeral Home in El Dorado Springs, MO.  Interment will be in the Virgil City Cemetery, Virgil City, MO.

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