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