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Missouri Education Tax Increase, Proposition B (1991)

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The Missouri Amendment, also known as Proposition B, was a legislatively-referred state statute on the November 5, 1991 ballot in Missouri, 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.

A Missouri newspaper referred to the defeat as the biggest news story of the year in Missouri in 1991.[2]

Election results

Proposition B
Defeatedd No623,06067.2%
Yes 304,049 32.8%

Official results via: Official Manual State of Missouri ("Blue Book") (p.781)

Text of measure

The question asked on the ballot was:

Requires greater accountability for education spending including reports to taxpayers on school performance. Establishes a special fund with additional tax revenues earmarked for education reform, including smaller classes, job training, student aid and college improvements. Additional $385 million generated would be spent on schools, job training and colleges. Increases corporate, tobacco and sales taxes. Provides tax relief for families with dependents. Eliminates some deductions for upper income individual taxpayers.[3]

Campaign spending

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

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