Missouri Tobacco Tax, Judicial Ballot Questions Fail At The Polls

The most contested statewide ballot question asked if voters would raise tobacco taxes to fund education and anti-smoking initiatives. Other measures asked for changes in the selection of judges, and local control of the St. Louis Police Department.

Update 1:36 a.m. Wednesday with final update with 100 percent reporting

Among the items on the ballot were four statewide ballot questions, the most notably contested was Proposition B, which would would increase tobacco taxes $0.0365 per cigarette and 25% of the manufacturer's invoice price for roll-your-own tobacco and 15% for other tobacco products, according to the ballot language. Estimated revenues of at least $283 million would fund public education in Missouri along with smoking prevention programs.

Yes: 49.2 %

No:  50.8 %


Other statewide questions:

  • Proposition A, which if passed, would put the City of St. Louis Police Department under local control.

Yes: 63.9 %

No: 36.1 % 

  • Constitutional Amendment 3, would reform the judicial selection process in Missouri at the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals level. Proponents of the amendment have abandoned their campaign for the measure, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported, citing bias in the ballot language approved by Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan. 

Yes: 24 %

No: 76 %

  • Proposition E would prohibit the Governor or any state agency, from establishing or operating state-based health insurance exchanges unless authorized by a vote of the people or by the legislature.

Yes: 61.8 % 

No: 38.2  %

Ken Kelley November 08, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Never in world history, at Roman orgies have so many people been SCREWED at one time as was the case when oboma was relected. If you thought it could not get any worse just watch now what will happen to the American Economy!!!!
Christy Singer November 08, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Devon, it is actually B-O-L-O-G-N-A, fyi.
Joe B November 08, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Next the goverment will tax you on your 40oz drinks because it makes you fat.
Christy Singer November 08, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Joe is comparing apples and orangutans. Food and drink (which ARE taxed items, anyway) are necessary to sustain life (though there are clearly vast differences in the quality of what one might choose). Cigarettes not so much. Furthermore, there is NO amount of cigarette smoke that is safe for anyone. Have smokers forgotten that they are lighting something on fire and breathing the smoke? This is not nuclear physics. Still, I wouldn't mind if insured smokers wanted to kill themselves slowly, but the fact is smoking negatively impacts everyone, not only health-wise (second-hand smoke) but also economically in the loss of productivity and healthcare for uninsured sufferers of smoking-related disease. As a side note, I think it would be nice if current smokers would volunteer to help care for uninsured smokers suffering from smoking related diseases.
Linda Sanford November 08, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Angry non-smoking TAX payer We are taxed on everything we own, purchase and consume. The goverment officials sit around and think of new ways to get more tax dollars to spend. We are all ask to tighten our belt yet, the government does not do the same. One way they could get all the money they need is to put a new tax on gasoline. Say, $1.00 dollar per gallon for the state government and $1.00 per gallon for the federal government. I'll bet everyone out there would agree with this, not. People are to eager to vote yes on a tax increase that does not effect them. The majority of the country consumes gasoline so this would be a fair tax for everyone. The government could say this would be for the schools and campaigns to get people to stop smoking, drinking alcohol, drinking sugary drinks, eating fatty foods and on and on and on. Now how would they keep this tax separate fron all the other taxes we pay. They would not, it would go in the general fund, just like all the lottery and casino money. I just don't know how the middle class citizens of this country can pay anymore taxes. We, the middle working class, already pay 40% to 60% of the money we earn. Can anyone imagine how much our government takes in? And, we are still borrowing money to run our federal and local government. I always vote no on any tax increase because I know they will find a way to get more tax dollars from the people where we have no vote.


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