For immediate release:  January 26, 2018
Contact:  Maura Browning, (573) 526-0949

Seven Initiative Petitions Approved for Circulation

Jefferson City, Mo. — Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft today announced seven initiative petitions which met state standards for circulation. 

Petition 2018-322, relating to a sales tax for law enforcement, would amend Article IV of the Missouri Constitution. The official ballot title for initiative petition 2018-322 reads: 

Do you want to amend the Missouri constitution to:

  • enact a state sales tax of four-tenths of one percent;
  • use revenues from this state sales tax to fund the state highway patrol's enforcement of state motor vehicle and traffic laws, provide for the families of law enforcement officers killed or disabled in the line of duty, and provide grants to local law enforcement agencies for equipment and training; and
  • require the state auditor to annually audit the funds raised and expended by this state sales tax and certain state highway funds? 

State government entities estimate increased revenue of $286 million annually and one-time costs of $79,000. Local governments estimate no costs or savings. 

Petition 2018-323, relating to a sales tax for law enforcement, would amend Article IV of the Missouri Constitution. The official ballot title for initiative petition 2018-323 reads: 

Do you want to amend the Missouri constitution to:

  • enact a state sales tax of three-eighths of one percent;
  • use revenues from this state sales tax to fund the state highway patrol's enforcement of state motor vehicle and traffic laws, provide for the families of law enforcement officers killed or disabled in the line of duty, and provide grants to local law enforcement agencies for equipment and training; and
  • require the state auditor to annually audit the funds raised and expended by this state sales tax and certain state highway funds? 

State government entities estimate increased revenue of $268 million annually and one-time costs of $79,000. Local governments estimate no costs or savings. 

Petition 2018-324, relating to the motor fuel tax, would amend Chapter 142 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri. The official ballot title for initiative petition 2018-324 reads: 

Do you want to amend Missouri law to:

  • increase the current 17 cents per gallon state motor fuel tax by two cents per gallon each year beginning on January 1, 2019, so that in 2023 the tax will be 27 cents per gallon;
  • require that all motor vehicle fuel tax revenues are used only for constructing and maintaining an adequate system of connected state highways; and
  • require the state auditor to annually audit the state motor vehicle fuel tax revenues to ensure they are being used properly? 

When fully implemented, the proposal is estimated to annually increase state revenue by $293 million and local government revenue by $128 million. State government entities expect initial setup costs of $83,000 and increased annual costs of $46,000. Local governments expect increased annual costs of at least $61,000. 

Petition 2018-325, relating to the motor fuel tax, would amend Chapter 142 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri. The official ballot title for initiative petition 2018-325 reads: 

Do you want to amend Missouri law to:

  • increase the current 17 cents per gallon state motor fuel tax by two and one-half cents per gallon each year beginning on January 1, 2019, so that in 2023 the tax will be 29 and one-half cents per gallon;
  • require that all motor vehicle fuel tax revenues are used only for constructing and maintaining an adequate system of connected state highways; and
  • require the state auditor to annually audit the state motor vehicle fuel tax revenues to ensure they are being used properly? 

When fully implemented, the proposal is estimated to annually increase state revenue by $366 million and local government revenue by $160 million. State government entities expect initial setup costs of $83,000 and increased annual costs of $46,000. Local governments expect increased annual costs of at least $76,000. 

Petition 2018-326, relating to the diesel fuel tax, would amend Chapter 142 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri. The official ballot title for initiative petition 2018-326 reads: 

Do you want to amend Missouri law to:

  • increase the current 17 cents per gallon state motor fuel tax on diesel fuel by two cents per gallon each year beginning January 1, 2019, so that in 2023 the tax will be 27 cents per gallon;
  • require that all motor vehicle fuel tax revenues are used only for constructing and maintaining an adequate system of connected state highways; and
  • require the state auditor to annually audit the state motor vehicle fuel tax revenues to ensure they are being used properly? 

When fully implemented, the proposal is estimated to annually increase state revenue by $77 million and local government revenue by $34 million. State government entities expect initial setup costs of $83,000 and increased annual costs of $46,000. Local governments expect increased annual costs of at least $11,000. 

Petition 2018-327, relating to a sales tax for law enforcement, would amend Article IV of the Missouri Constitution. The official ballot title for initiative petition 2018-327 reads: 

Do you want to amend the Missouri constitution to:

  • enact a state sales tax of four-tenths of one percent;
  • use revenues from this state sales tax to fund the state highway patrol's enforcement of state motor vehicle and traffic laws, provide for the families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, and provide grants to local law enforcement agencies for equipment and training; and
  • require the state auditor to annually audit the funds raised and expended by this state sales tax and certain state highway funds? 

State government entities estimate increased revenue of $286 million annually and one-time costs of $79,000. Local governments estimate no costs or savings. 

Petition 2018-328, relating to a sales tax for law enforcement, would amend Article IV of the Missouri Constitution. The official ballot title for initiative petition 2018-328 reads: 

Do you want to amend the Missouri constitution to:

  • enact a state sales tax of three-eighths of one percent;
  • use revenues from this state sales tax to fund the state highway patrol's enforcement of state motor vehicle and traffic laws, provide for the families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, and provide grants to local law enforcement agencies for equipment and training; and
  • require the state auditor to annually audit the funds raised and expended by this state sales tax and certain state highway funds? 

State government entities estimate increased revenue of $268 million annually and one-time costs of $79,000. Local governments estimate no costs or savings. 

All seven petitions were submitted by Terry Briggs, 2071 Exchange Dr., St. Charles, MO 63303. 

Before any constitutional changes can be brought before Missouri voters in the November 2018 election, signatures must be obtained from registered voters equal to eight (8) percent of the total votes cast in the 2016 governor's election from six of the state's eight congressional districts. 

Before any statutory changes can be brought before Missouri voters in the November 2018 election, signatures must be obtained from registered voters equal to five (5) percent of the total votes cast in the 2016 governor's election from six of the state's eight congressional districts.

Signatures on behalf of all initiative petitions for the 2018 ballot are due to the secretary of state’s office by no later than 5 p.m. on May 6, 2018.

Before circulating petitions, state law requires that groups must first have the form of their petition approved by the secretary of state and attorney general. The secretary of state then prepares a summary statement of no more than 100 words, and the state auditor prepares a fiscal impact statement, both of which are subject to the approval of the attorney general. When both statements are approved, they become the official ballot title.

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