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Mid-July News and Notes

More State Budget Problems on the Horizon

Republican Gov. Mike Parson on July 12 signed into law a bill pushed by his fellow Republicans to further cut state individual income tax rates already scheduled to decrease under 2014 legislation. Critics of the bill say it, along with separate legislation signed into law last month slashing corporate income tax rates, will make adequately funding the state budget even more difficult, requiring further spending cuts in addition to those already imposed in recent years in the wake of previous tax cuts.
Under a 2014 law, which was being phased in over several years, the individual income tax rate paid by nearly all Missourians was to drop from 6 percent to 5.5 percent. House Bill 2540, the measure signed by Parson, will further drop the rate to 5.1 percent. In an effort to somewhat offset the revenue lost from further reducing the income tax rates, the bill also reduces how much federal taxes Missourians can deduct from their state taxes and imposes restrictions on some tax deductions that were authorized under the 2014 law.
On his last day in office before resigning June 1, previous Gov. Eric Greitens signed into law Senate Bill 884 slashing the corporate income tax rate from 6.25 percent to 4 percent. That bill also contains seeks to offset revenue losses by modifying how corporations calculate their taxable income to make more income subject to taxation.
The last two legislative sessions have started with major budget problems as revenues have been down, largely due to irresponsible tax cuts by the Republican majority who are happy to give away the farm to corporate interests while infrastructure and higher education along with a number of social programs suffer. We've noted here before that it doesn't matter what Republican is in the Governor's Mansion or serving as Speaker; as long as they are Republicans working for the interests of wealthy corporate owners, Missouri is heading down the same path as Kansas to financial ruin.

Vote No on Prop A

By now, you have seen mailers and video ads on both sides regarding Proposition A which is on the August ballot in Missouri.  Since the petitions were first circulated, the Missouri Democratic Party has been firmly supporting the VOTE NO ON A campaign.  Voting NO is how all citizens can say that Right to Work, which drives down wages and increases risks on worksites, is wrong for Missouri.  Anti-union forces have made this law and attacking the working families of our state a multi-million dollar priority for several years, and this vote is our last chance to stop it.  Have a yard sign yet?  Come to our office to get your Vote No on Prop A sign before we run out again!


Field Offices Opened - Supplies Needed (ongoing)

Senator McCaskill and the Democratic Party's coordinated campaign offices in Kansas City, Independence and Lee's Summit are open but need supplies. Local State House and Senate candidates are also working out of these offices staging canvasses and phone banks, so these offices are working on behalf of all Democrats on the ballot, not just the top lines. All campaign offices run on very tight budgets, so they rely on donors for a little extra help.  At least one office needs tables and folding chairs.  Others can always take printer paper and other office supplies.  Contact us to find out what you can send where.  Every bit counts!

Upcoming Club Meetings and Events:

  • Southland Progress: fundraiser and endorsement announcement. Thursday, July 19th, 5:00-7:30pm at Southside Bar and Grille (1144 W 103rd St. KCMO). Southland Progress is a diverse group of individuals promoting candidates and causes in South KC, Waldo and Brookside.
  • Thank You to Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty: House Leader McCann Beatty is termed out of the Missouri State House and will no be joining Jackson County government. Tell her thank you for her service and raise funds for this year's candidates for State House. Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway KCMO, Thursday July 19th 5:30-7pm.
  • Heartland Alliance for Progress: Monthly meeting Monday, July 23rd, 5:15pm-7:00pm at Californo's (4124 Pennsylvania KCMO). Special guest, Jason Kander who will be speaking about his work with Let America Vote. 
  • Clay County Democrats First Annual Night at the Elms: August 10th at the historic Elms Hotel in Excelsior Springs.  Join for dinner, remarks from officials and candidates, and discussion about the 2018 midterm elections. See below for ticket information. Special group rate for the night.


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Come join us for another fun night at Bone Hill Distillery!! We are working hard here in district 20 to get the word out that there is a new voice and a new choice for our community! Stop in and have a drink with us (they have amazing drinks here!) and let us know what your vision for our community is! This is a free event and everyone is welcome though donations are always appreciated!! If you can't attend but would like to donate you can make checks payable to MerrickforState PO Box 72 Buckner, MO 64016. Tell your neighbor, grab a friend, we can't wait to see you there!!