Missouri Education Tax Increase, Proposition B (1991)

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The Missouri Education Tax Increase Act, also known as Proposition B, was on the November 5, 1991 ballot in Missouri as a legislatively-referred state statute, where it was defeated.

Proposition B was intended to raise $385 million in new taxes to fund various educational programs in the state. Of this money, $190 million would have gone to K-12 education, $190 million to higher education, and $5 million to job training and development to benefit business.[1]

Examples of uses of funds raised through these taxes at the K-12 level were:

  • To reduce class sizes in early grades to 15 or fewer students per classroom.
  • To create programs to involve parents.

The taxes would have been:

  • An increase in the state's cigarette tax.
  • A 3/8th cent sales tax.
  • A limit on the extent to which federal income tax payments could be deducted when calculating Missouri income tax liabilities.
  • Additional taxes on some corporations.

In addition, the measure would have required greater accountability for education spending, including reports to taxpayers on school performance.[2][3]

A Missouri newspaper referred to the defeat as the biggest news story of the year in Missouri in 1991.[4]

Election results

Missouri Proposition B (1991)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No623,06067.23%
Yes 304,049 32.77%

Election results via: University of Missouri Institute for Public Policy

Text of measure

The text of the measure can be read here.

Campaign contributions

Support

The group that advocated a "yes" vote on Proposition B was called "Missourians for Quality Education." This group spent $1.5 million in an ultimately futile attempt to pass Proposition B.[1]

Opposition

Two small opposition groups spent a total of $60,000 on their campaign for a "no" vote.[1]

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