Changing the Course of a Nation

Ballot Issues

The Constitution Party of Missouri

 opposes cluttering up our state constitution with issues that should be addressed by legislation. 


Constitutional Amendment 1

Official Ballot Title:

Shall Missouri continue for 10 years the one-tenth of one percent sales/use tax that is used for soil and water conservation and for state parks and historic sites, and resubmit this tax to the voters for approval in 10 years?

The measure continues and does not increase the existing sales and use tax of one-tenth of one percent for 10 years. The measure would continue to generate approximately $90 million annually for soil and water conservation and operation of the state park system.

Constitution Party of Missouri position on this issue:

We oppose sales tax of all types, whether general sales tax or use specific sales tax. This particular sales tax was inserted into the Missouri Constitution as Article IV, Section 47-C, by voters, on August 7, 1984. The Constitution Party of Missouri does not believe sales tax for any purpose should be a part of the state constitution.

We urge a NO vote on continuation of this sales tax.

We recommend that each voter read the full text of the official amendment language here: http://s1.sos.mo.gov/CMSImages/Elections/Petitions/SJR12005.pdf


Constitutional Amendment 2

Official Ballot Title:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:

  • establish limits on campaign contributions by individuals or entities to political parties, political committees, or committees to elect candidates for state or judicial office;
  • prohibit individuals and entities from intentionally concealing the source of such contributions;
  • require corporations or labor organizations to meet certain requirements in order to make such contributions; and
  • provide a complaint process and penalties for any violations of this amendment?

It is estimated this proposal will increase state government costs by at least $118,000 annually and have an unknown change in costs for local governmental entities. Any potential impact to revenues for state and local governmental entities is unknown.

Constitution Party of Missouri position on this issue:

We oppose campaign contribution limits on individuals as an unconstitutional infringement on free speech by government. All citizens should be able to freely contribute their resources to any candidate, party or political group they so choose.

Missouri currently has campaign contribution statutes in chapter 130 of the RSMo, but this measure would enshrine these unconstitutional restrictions into the Missouri Constitution.

We urge a NO vote on this restriction on free speech.

We recommend that each voter read the full text of the official amendment language here: http://www.sos.mo.gov/cmsimages/Elections/Petitions/2016-007.pdf


Constitutional Amendment 3

Official Ballot Title:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:

  • increase taxes on cigarettes each year through 2020, at which point this additional tax will total 60 cents per pack of 20;
  • create a fee paid by cigarette wholesalers of 67 cents per pack of 20 on certain cigarettes, which fee shall increase annually; and
  • deposit funds generated by these taxes and fees into a newly established Early Childhood Health and Education Trust Fund?

When cigarette tax increases are fully implemented, estimated additional revenue to state government is $263 million to $374 million annually, with limited estimated implementation costs. The revenue will fund only programs and services allowed by the proposal. The fiscal impact to local governmental entities is unknown.

Constitution Party of Missouri position on this issue:

This amendment has basically two parts: 1. Implement a tax on a specific group of people who engage in a legal, government sanctioned activity that is already taxed.  2. Insert the word “abortion” into the Missouri Constitution and allow limited abortions in some cases. This issue involves more than a tobacco tax. It expands government, provides more opportunity for government to funnel public funds to select private entities, increases and enshrines federal control over state activities.

We urge a NO vote on this attempt to add, not only another tax, but an entirely separate topic to the Missouri Constitution.

We recommend that each voter read the full text of the official amendment language here: http://www.sos.mo.gov/cmsimages/Elections/Petitions/2016-152.pdf


Constitutional Amendment #4

Official Ballot Title:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to prohibit a new state or local sales/use or other similar tax on any service or transaction that was not subject to a sales/use or similar tax as of January 1, 2015?

Potential costs to state and local governmental entities are unknown, but could be significant.  The proposal’s passage would impact governmental entity’s ability to revise their tax structures.  State and local governments expect no savings from this proposal.

Constitution Party of Missouri position on this issue:

This amendment prohibits any new sales/use taxes on services or transactions that were not in place on January 1, 2015.  This issue as with any other tax issue should not be enshrined in the Missouri Constitution.

We urge a NO vote on this amendment.

We recommend that each voter read the full text of the official amendment language here: http://www.sos.mo.gov/cmsimages/Elections/Petitions/2016-060.pdf


Constitutional Amendment #6

Official Ballot Title:

Shall the Constitution of Missouri be amended to state that voters may be required by law, which may be subject to exception, to verify one’s identity, citizenship, and residence by presenting identification that may include valid government-issued photo identification?

The proposed amendment will result in no costs or savings because any potential costs would be due to the enactment of a general law allowed by this proposal. If such a general law is enacted, the potential cost to state and local governments is unknown, but could exceed $2.1 million annually.

Constitution Party of Missouri position on this issue:

The act of voting and those we elect constitute a basic foundation of our Republic. Expressing our support for a candidate or issue is a sacred process and should be protected at all costs. Requiring those choosing to participate in the process to present a form of identification containing their picture will ensure a person’s vote is not diluted by a fraudulent vote.

The Constitution Party urges a YES vote on this amendment.

We recommend that each voter read the full text of the official amendment language here: https://www.sos.mo.gov/CMSImages/Elections/Petitions/SSHJR532016.pdf


Proposition A

Official Ballot Title:

Shall Missouri law be amended to:

  • increase taxes on cigarettes in 2017, 2019, and 2021, at which point this additional tax will total 23 cents per pack of 20;
  • increase the tax paid by sellers on other tobacco products by 5 percent of manufacturer’s invoice price;
  • use funds generated by these taxes exclusively to fund transportation infrastructure projects; and
  • repeal these taxes if a measure to increase any tax or fee on cigarettes or other tobacco products is certified to appear on any local or statewide ballot?

State government revenue will increase by approximately $95 million to $103 million annually when cigarette and tobacco tax increases are fully implemented, with the new revenue earmarked for transportation infrastructure.  Local government revenues could decrease approximately $3 million annually due to decreased cigarette and tobacco sales.

Constitution Party of Missouri position on this issue:

This amendment will implement a tax on a specific group of people who engage in a legal, government sanctioned activity that is already taxed.

We urge a NO vote on this attempt to add another tax to the Missouri Constitution.

We recommend that each voter read the full text of the official amendment language here: http://www.sos.mo.gov/cmsimages/Elections/Petitions/2016-080.pdf