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Plutocracy takes a tiny step backwards:

Judge blasts tax plan ballot descriptions

By Rudi Keller

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Wealthy conservative activist Rex Sinquefield’s plan to overhaul Missouri’s taxes would cost the state treasury $7.5 billion annually with no guarantee of replacement revenue, a Cole County judge said Friday in a ruling rewriting two proposals’ ballot descriptions.


Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce ruled that neither Secretary of State Robin Carnahan nor State Auditor Tom Schweich had captured the full impact of two nearly identical proposals in the language voters would see if either was placed on the ballot.


The ruling was especially hard on Schweich. She called his analysis “insufficient, unfair and prejudicial….”

….Joyce also ruled that Let Voters Decide and Travis Brown, the consultant who employs Tomicki at his consulting firm, Pelopidas, lacked standing to intervene in the case because she heard “no evidence” that Brown or Let Voters Decide “are citizens or taxpayers and has no basis to conclude that they are.”

So much for having a rock star as State Auditor. Who’s credible now?

From the Missouri Ethics Commission:

LOBID:L000946 Received Date:12/31/1998

Lobbyist’s Name Travis Brown Termination Date:

Lobbyist’s Address 5297 Washington Pl

Lobbyist’s Address2

Lobbyist’s C/S/Z St Louis, MO 63108

Telephone: (314) 540-5515

Telephone (2): 314-367-2842

[….]

Principal(s) listed by Lobbyist

[….]

LET VOTERS DECIDE

308 EAST HIGH STREET STE 301

JEFFERSON CITY MO 65101

(573) 634-2500 A 4/22/2011

[….]

PELOPIDAS, LLC

912 EAST BROADWAY, SUITE 207

COLUMBIA MO 65201

573-256-1322 A 7/12/2007

REX AND JEANNE SINQUEFIELD

NINE HORTENSE PLACE

ST. LOUIS MO 63108

314-359-9951 A 7/12/2007

[….]

THE BROWN LOBBY FIRM, LLC

912 EAST BROADWAY, SUITE 208

COLUMBIA MO 65201

314-540-5515 A 12/18/2006

They’ll go back to the drawing board. They always do when they have a lot of money to spend.