Daily Archives: October 21, 2008

Yes on A takes another major blow as the recent ‘symphony’ court ruling provides yet another authority exclaiming the money is not guaranteed

The KC Symphony sued the State claiming they were entitled to receive millions from a fund set up to finance the arts. The Kansas City Star has reported that the recent court ruling in that case will have devastating consequences for Proposition A:

In a court ruling Monday, Cole County Circuit Judge Richard G. Callahan pointed out that the Missouri Constitution gives the General Assembly the authority to appropriate money as it sees fit.

“The legislative practice of enacting new taxes with a claimed promise to taxpayers as to how the money will be spent is all too common, bringing to mind the old axiom, ‘Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me,’ ” Callahan wrote. “Unfortunately, while there are many statutes with seeming ‘promises’ by the legislature as to how revenues from a particular tax will be spent, these ‘promises’ are but empty words that have no legal consequence.”

So what’s the connection to Proposition A?

The measure was placed on the ballot through an initiative petition, which promises to use some of the extra gambling funds for local school districts.  But Callahan’s ruling opens up a huge question mark about whether the state has to abide by what the voters say.

This is just one more source of authority proving that the money is not guaranteed to reach its target.  To learn more about how the casinos are exploiting our children for their economic gain, visit www.NOonA.com


The neediest schools wont be helped by Proposition A – don’t fall for their deception

The Kansas City Star provided commentary on the new mail piece by the casinos who are funding and backing Prop A.  Even though the mailer points out that some money will be accessible in KC, they failed to point out which schools would receive nothing:

Here’s what the ad conveniently leaves out of the ad:

Most of the financially troubled school districts and most students in Jackson County would not receive new money soon if voters endorse the pro-gambling proposition.

Instead, well-off districts such as Blue Springs and Lee’s Summit would get $5 million of the funds.

Those two districts have about one-third of the county’s schoolchildren, but would get almost two-thirds of the new gambling money.

Here are the schools that would not get the funds under the state of Missouri’s school funding formula:

— Kansas City School District, around 20,000 students.

Independence School District, 13,000

Hickman Mills, 7,100

Fort Osage, 5,000

Grandview, 4,000

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These are some of the neediest districts in the area, in terms of having students and taxpayers struggling to provide high-quality education for their children.