The earnings tax in St. Louis:
….the largest source of the City’s general revenue. People who live or work in the City of St. Louis contribute 1 percent of their earnings. It makes up 33 percent of the general fund, or about $164 million….
….Approximately 55 percent of St. Louis earnings tax revenues are paid by non-residents who use and benefit from City services….
A bill, pre-filed in the House on December 30th:
Prohibits the levying of an earnings tax on nonresidents of St. Louis City on January 1, 2019
Sponsor: Dogan, Shamed (098)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2017
LR Number: 0724H.01I
Last Action: 12/30/2016 – Prefiled (H)
Bill String: HB 344
Next Hearing: Hearing not scheduled
Calendar: Bill currently not on a House calendar
The bill text:
FIRST REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE BILL NO. 344 [pdf]
99TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE DOGAN.
0724H.01I D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk
To repeal section 92.111, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof one new section relating to the levying of earnings taxes in certain cities.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Section 92.111, RSMo, is repealed and one new section enacted in lieu 2 thereof, to be known as section 92.111, to read as follows:
3. Notwithstanding the provisions under subsection 1 of this section, after December 31, 2018, no city not within a county shall levy or impose an earnings tax on any individual who does not reside in such city.
[emphasis in original]
Because people who demand and benefit from essential public services should never have to pay for them.
Sure, cut over $90,000,000.00 from the budget of St. Louis in one fell swoop. That’ll make the city an instant libertarian paradise, right?