States On The Take reveals their video audit of Proposition B and Missouri education funding claims. The real truth? Plenty of unanswered questions and unknown consequences from the largest tax increase in Missouri history: http://www.statesonthetake.com/Prop-B-Careful
Online PR News – 01-November-2012 – St. Louis, Missouri – How does an eight-year old state government watchdog combat a multi-million dollar misinformation machine? By leveraging the same vehicle that every pop sensation uses: the Internet.
Through this current Missouri election cycle, States On The Take has monitored both media coverage and broadcast advertising on Proposition B. So what did all this political fact-finding uncover?
A remarkably one-sided media narrative. That’s one reason States On The Take labeled the 760% Missouri tax increase as “Proposition B-Careful.” In addition, States On The Take has released the two video audits debunking many of the Proposition B-Careful claims: www.statesonthetake.com/Prop-B-Careful target="_blank" class="highlight_link">http://www.statesonthetake.com/Prop-B-Careful>
As States On The Take contributing consultant Charles Andy Arnold, shared, "At first it was the education and healthcare funding story 24/7. Then, the media talked about the Missouri tax increase of 760%. Only now are we seeing some traction on the real story: where is the money really going? And how will it impact current and future Missouri state government budgets?”
Recently, States On The Take has seen some signs of a shift in the media narrative.
An October 29th editorial in the Kansas City Star referenced a moment of candor from Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones of Eureka. The editorial quoted Jones as saying, “Lawmakers might need the revenue to fill in the gaps in other areas” and that “the wishes of elected representatives should always trump voter initiatives.”
A follow-up story on October 30th in the same newspaper quoted Tim Jones' reference to Proposition B as “merely a statutory initiative. It cannot bind the hands of any future legislature.” And Jones also shared, “it is not necessarily new money.”
These candid comments from a leading Missouri government official corroborate the research and audit conclusions from States On The Take on Proposition B.
Even a media personality at 104.1 KSGF opined that if Proposition B passes, prices at convenience stores for food and beverages could very well increase to make up for lost revenue from cigarette sales.
And through it all, States On The Take is still waiting for an answer from Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster. A recent open letter on StatesOnTheTake.com asked Koster to confirm as a fact that the Proposition B tax hike will in fact provide guaranteed increases in Missouri education funding.
Concerned citizens can’t wait any longer. They deserve facts, answers and the truth. Missourians can now view two videos that examine the full consequences of Proposition B-Careful in just two minutes: www.statesonthetake.com/Prop-B-Careful target="_blank" class="highlight_link">http://www.statesonthetake.com/Prop-B-Careful>
States on the Take is a government watchdog website, with an eight-year record of holding state government accountable. States on the Take was the first to reveal and brand the "stealth cartel" of "Big Tobacco" and state government collusion. This stealth cartel constructed and implemented the de-facto monopoly that is the “Master Settlement Agreement” between “Big Tobacco” and 47 states. Now Proposition B-Careful represents another similar alliance.
Charles Andy Arnold is a principal owner of Arnold & Associates, a Missouri Consulting, Public Affairs & Lobbying firm. www.arnoldlobby.com target="_blank" class="highlight_link">http://www.arnoldlobby.com Mr. Arnold is at the forefront of Tobacco Policy in Missouri. States on the Take has teamed with allies like Charles Andy Arnold regarding the reality of Proposition B-Careful, so that informed decisions are made on Proposition B come Election Day. www.statesonthetake.com target="_blank" class="highlight_link">http://www.statesonthetake.com>