Local impact of special exemptions and giveaways passed on the final day of session
“This eleventh-hour free-for-all on the final day of session will make it harder for local governments to provide the services Missourians count on,” Gov. Nixon said. “We’re talking about firefighters and cops, libraries and ambulance services, snow plows and health inspectors, public transit and road repair. Missourians deserve an explanation for why legislators rushed through $776 million in special breaks and exemptions on the last day of session, without accounting for even a penny of these costs in the budget they sent to my desk.”
· The legislature passed eight bills on the last day of session that will significantly impact state and local funds: House Bills 1296 and 1865, and Senate Bills 584, 612, 662, 693, 727 and 860.
· These bills contain more than a dozen provisions that would reduce state and local revenue beginning on , including new sales tax exemptions for recreation venues, data storage and processing, used vehicles, supplies and equipment used in electricity generation, and laundries.
· The budget plan passed by the legislature each year is expected to account for any legislation that could impact state revenue, but the budget passed by the General Assembly on May 9 did not account for any of these provisions.
· Most of these provisions impact sales tax collections, and therefore they have a large impact on local tax collections. Existing statute (section 32.087) requires that the base for local sales taxes be the same as the base for state sales taxes and that sales tax exemptions be the same for both.
· In addition to an annual state revenue reduction of $425 million, these provisions would reduce local revenue by an estimated $351 million on an annual basis.
· These reductions would impact cities and counties as well as other taxing jurisdictions including fire protection districts, ambulance districts, and community improvement districts.
An overall summary of the fiscal impact of these provisions is available here.
A breakdown of the fiscal impact on local taxing districts is available here.
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National PTA Statement on 60th Anniversary of
Brown v. Board of Education
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (May 16, 2014) — National PTA President Otha Thornton issued the following statement in recognition of the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision:
“May 17, 2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, which declared ‘separate but equal’ education unconstitutional. The anniversary is an important time to reflect on education today and redouble our nation’s efforts to ensure equality for all students across the country. While progress has been achieved in the years following the ruling, inequalities continue to exist in American schools. It is critical that parents, teachers, administrators, elected officials, and business and community leaders work together to make meaningful changes to ensure that all children have access to a high quality education and that every child has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential.
“The Common Core State Standards are an essential step to raise the bar in all schools and will go far in helping every student receive a high quality education that prepares him or her for success upon graduation from high school. The Common Core State Standards increase rigor in every school and provide consistency across the country, no matter a student’s zip code or socioeconomic status. With the standards, we have a tremendous opportunity to ensure that a high school senior in Alabama receives the same quality education as a senior in Colorado and that both students graduate prepared for college or the workforce and are able to compete in the global economy.
“At the federal level and in states across the country, legislation is being considered that would divert funds currently spent on public K-12 education to private or sectarian schools. These bills could deprive students of rights and protections they are awarded in public schools. These desperately-needed resources should continue to be invested in public schools that serve all students regardless of economic status, gender, religion, prior academic achievement, disability or behavioral history. Using public funds to make public schools stronger is another important step to better serve all children.
“As the first African-American male president of America’s oldest and largest child advocacy association, I have continued National PTA’s legacy of speaking up to ensure that all students are treated fairly and have access to learning opportunities that support their success. In addition to supporting the Common Core State Standards and investments in public education, National PTA launched a campaign in the fall of 2013, titled Every Child in Focus, to celebrate the achievements and report the disparities within diverse populations. As the demographics of our nation’s schools continue to shift, each month National PTA spotlights the educational challenges surrounding a particular group and provides resources and advocacy tools to help school communities embrace diversity and inclusion as well as understand and address the unique needs of every child. National PTA also works with our country’s leaders to help tackle issues facing each highlighted group.
“Education is the civil rights issue of our time. With the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, National PTA remains deeply committed to take action to ensure that every student receives a world class education that enables him or her to reach his or her full potential.”
For more information about National PTA’s Every Child in Focus campaign or to access resources to support the implementation of the Common Core, visit PTA.org.
About National PTA
National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.
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