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Today, at the Missouri Ethics Commission:

C131145 10/10/2013 MISSOURIANS FOR CHILDREN’S EDUCATION Missouri Catholic Conference 600 Clark Ave Jefferson City MO 65109 10/9/2013 $11,216.59

C131145 10/10/2013 MISSOURIANS FOR CHILDREN’S EDUCATION Archdiocese of St. Louis 20 Archbishop May Drive St Louis MO 63119 10/10/2013 $300,000.00

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It’s a brand new PAC:

C131145: Missourians For Children’s Education

Po Box 144 Committee Type: Campaign

Jefferson City Mo 65102

[….] Established Date: 10/09/2013

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Ballot Measures Election Date Subject Support/Oppose

Constitutional Amendment To Article Ix, Relating To An Education Tax Credit 11/04/2014 Children’s Education Initiative/State Of Missouri Support

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Probably this one:

Constitutional Amendment to Article IX, Relating to an Education Tax Credit

2014-045

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Submitted by: Barbara Swanson

Barbara Swanson

201 Dover St

Jefferson City, MO 65109

Official ballot title certified by Secretary of State on September 18, 2013.

OFFICIAL BALLOT TITLE AS CERTIFIED BY

SECRETARY OF STATE

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:

   create a tax credit for donations made to nonprofit corporations that provide funds to improve programs in public school districts, provide scholarships for students to attend qualified private or parochial elementary or secondary schools, or support special education services for children;

   limit the tax credit to $50,000 annually per individual or business entity, and cap the entire credit at $90 million annually; and

   repeal any constitutional provisions that prohibit taxpayer funds from being used to aid private or parochial elementary or secondary schools that qualify for the funding in this measure?

Any decrease in state revenue will depend on the redemption of tax credits issued related to this proposal, initially limited to $90 million per year. Increased annual state operating expenses are expected to be initially about $120,000. Each individual school district will experience an unknown annual change in revenue.  

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Initially limited to?

It’s probably not this one:

Constitutional Amendment to Article IX, Relating to Repealing the Current Prohibition on Using State or Local Government Funding for Religious Purposes

2014-033

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Submitted by: Todd Jones

Todd Jones

231 South Bemiston Ave.

Suite 800

St. Louis, MO 63105

Official ballot title certified by Secretary of State on June 12, 2013.

OFFICIAL BALLOT TITLE AS CERTIFIED BY

SECRETARY OF STATE

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:

   repeal the current prohibition on using state or local government funding for religious purposes;

   repeal the current prohibition on using state or local government funding to aid religious schools, academies, seminaries, colleges, universities, or any other school controlled by a religious organization; and

   repeal the current prohibition on the government granting or donating personal property or real estate for religious purposes?

The potential costs or savings to state and local governmental entities are unknown.

Which religions? Just asking.

It’s not this one, though the effect would definitely go further in the same direction:

Constitutional Amendment to Article X, Relating to a State Income Tax Credit, version 2

2014-022

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Submitted by: Mr. Herman Kriegshauser

Herman Kriegshauser

19 Jennycliffe Lane

Chesterfield, MO 63005

314-223-4555

Official ballot title certified by Secretary of State on March 20, 2013.

OFFICIAL BALLOT TITLE AS CERTIFIED BY

SECRETARY OF STATE

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to create an individual and corporate state income tax credit of 60% of the amount donated to Missouri not-for-profit elementary and secondary schools or school districts and Missouri not-for-profit foundations providing scholarships for Missouri secondary school graduates to attend Missouri not-for-profit higher education colleges and universities (this credit cannot exceed the donor’s state income tax liability for the year)?

Annual state government revenue may decrease by an estimated $236 million to $938 million. Annual state operating costs may increase by at least $200,000. Reduced state revenue could result in decreased state funding for local governments and public education entities. Public education entities could have an unknown increase in donation revenue.

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Well, that would certainly contribute to defunding public education.