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Capitol Report, September 29

Posted Friday, September 30, 2016, at 2:48 PM

Friday, I joined Representatives Denny Hoskins and Nathan Beard in hosting an informational meeting for interested groups of the Whiteman Air Force Base community. Newly appointed Statewide Military Advocate Joe Driskill provided a short update of his new office and the immediate goals he would like to achieve. He also informed us that he will hold a series of meetings around the state to publicize the importance of the military in Missouri.

The U.S. Department of Defense is still on the block for spending cuts, and the possibility of losing missions at Whiteman is a fact of life right now. While I am a state representative, I will work to make certain that Whiteman remains a vital part of our national defense and a place where the DOD wants to send their personnel! I will keep you informed of the advocate's activities in the future.

As I noted last week, we are quickly approaching the November election. This year there are several ballot measures/propositions. These measures are proposed pieces of legislation that must be approved or rejected by voters to become law. As we near the November election, I would like to briefly summarize each ballot measure that you will see when you head to the polls in a few weeks. Here are two more:

Official Ballot Title - Constitutional Amendment 3
Proposed by Initiative Petition

Official Ballot Question:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:

--61623; increase taxes on cigarettes each year through 2020, at which point this additional tax will total 60 cents per pack of 20;

--61623; create a fee paid by cigarette wholesalers of 67 cents per pack of 20 on certain cigarettes, which fee shall increase

annually; and

--61623; deposit funds generated by these taxes and fees into a newly established Early Childhood Health and Education Trust Fund?

When cigarette tax increases are fully implemented, estimated additional revenue to state government is $263 million to $374 million annually, with limited estimated implementation costs. The revenue will fund only programs and services allowed by the proposal. The fiscal impact to local governmental entities is unknown.

Fair Ballot Language:

A "yes" vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to increase taxes on cigarettes each year through 2020, at which point this additional tax will total 60 cents per pack of 20. This amendment also creates a fee paid by cigarette wholesalers of 67 cents per pack of 20 on certain cigarettes. This amendment further provides that the funds generated by these taxes and fees shall be deposited into a newly established Early Childhood Health and Education Trust Fund.

A "no" vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution relating to taxes and fees on cigarettes. If passed, this measure will increase taxes on cigarettes.

Official Ballot Title - Constitutional Amendment 4

Proposed by Initiative Petition

Official Ballot Question:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to prohibit a new state or local sales/use or other similar tax on any service or 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.

Fair Ballot Language:

A "yes" vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to prohibit a new state or local sales/use or other similar tax on any service or transaction. This amendment only applies to any service or transaction that was not subject to a sales/use or similar tax as of January 1, 2015.

A "no" vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution to prohibit such state or local sales/use or other similar tax. If passed, this measure will not increase or decrease taxes.

It is an honor to serve the 51st District in the Missouri House of Representatives. Each week I will issue a capitol report to keep you informed of activities in Jefferson City. Any concerns or issues you might have are of great interest to me. I look forward to your input and thoughts, so please feel free to contact me at any time if you have questions, concerns, or ideas to improve our state government and the quality of life for all Missourians. My telephone number is 573-751-2204 or you may contact me by email at dean.dohrman@house.mo.gov. Thank you for working with me to make Missouri a great place to live.



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Rep. Dean Dohrman, a Republican, represents Johnson, Pettis, and Saline counties (District 51). He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2012. In addition to his legislative duties, Rep. Dohrman is an online professor. Rep. Dohrman is a member of Warrensburg and Sedalia Area Chamber of Commerce, and Sedalia Lions Club. He attends Wesley United Methodist Church. A graduate of LaMonte High, Rep. Dohrman earned his PhD from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2004. Born in Warrensburg, Rep. Dohrman currently lives in LaMonte.
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