To the Editor:
I am writing in opposition to the petition for Article XIV: Pertaining to Finance and Spending. It also is known as the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, or TABOR. This idea may sound good at first glance, but its details must be examined. The people circulating this petition are saying that the idea promotes “no new taxes” and “will give voters the ability to vote on tax increases”. This information is misleading.
TABOR Article XIV proposes a Constitutional Amendment that would restrict the legislature from saving money when the economy is better than it is right now. If passed, this amendment would keep Missouri in a fiscal crisis. Missouri voters approved the Hancock Amendment years ago that limits government spending.
The state of Colorado implemented a TABOR many years ago. The people who supported the TABOR passage in Colorado are now the people trying to repeal the amendment. This tells me they made a mistake and they are trying to fix their mistake. Missouri does not need to make this same mistake.
Don’t Sign the Article 14 Petition!
Elisa Coonrod, BSN RN
Bois Darc, MO