Daily Archives: October 22, 2008

More State Legislators Speak Out against Prop A

Every day more and more elected officials, school superintendents and people in charge of our educational funding speak out against Prop A.  State Senator John Loudon was recently quoted saying this Proposition is just another shell game:

A multimillion dollar advertising campaign by Las Vegas-based gambling companies to convince Missouri voters to lift the state’s $500 loss limit is “just another shell game being pushed by the gambling moguls to wrap themselves in the interests of education and veterans to squeeze more money out of everyday Missourians,” according to state Sen. John Loudon, R-Chesterfield. “Our economy is struggling, people are losing their homes to foreclosures, and bankruptcies are at an all-time high.”

He added: “Now, the gambling companies want to take the lid off what their patrons can lose. Like the CEOs on Wall Street, they want more of people’s money when we can least afford it. That’s the wrong message for Missourians.”

State Rep Bryan Stevenson of Joplin also spoke out:

“We have seen this before,” said state Rep. Bryan Stevenson, R-Joplin. “They will tout education and economic development, but in reality it is just a way to dig deeper into Missourians’ pockets for their own profits. In this economy I have some real problems with this ballot language.”


St Louis Post Dispatch points out serious flaws in Prop A

On the front page of the St Louis Post Dispatch this morning, Joe Crawford outlined several clear flaws in Prop A including more elected officals explaining why the casinos are making empty promises about education dollars:

Rep. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, said there is no way to obligate the Legislature to spend a specific amount on education. “No department in government has a locked-in amount that they know they’re going to get,” said Cunningham, chair of the education committee in the Missouri House.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education can only explain where $54 million of the more than $105 million in potential new revenue might wind up. The uncertainty about the remaining money is owed to the fact that the state’s new school funding formula won’t be fully implemented for several more years.

For the complete story, click on the link below:

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/education/story/442222925897CD8F862574EA00120D4E?OpenDocument


NOonA.com Campaign Releases First Web Video Ad Against Proposition A Featuring School Superintendent Statements

(Oct 22, 2008) ST LOUIS – The NOonA.com campaign has released the first of many video advertisements in opposition to Proposition A.

The video, entitled, “School Officials Speak Out,” catalogs various school superintendents who have spoken out on Proposition A.

The ad release follows editorial endorsements from the St Louis Post Dispatch and Kansas City Star, in which they both call into question the claims of schools funding ‘promised’ by the casinos and both endorse a NO Vote on Proposition A.

Evelio Silvera, spokesperson for NOonA.com says the ad comes at time when the ‘Yes on A’ coalition is struggling for support.  “Not only are the major newspapers of the state calling for a No vote on Proposition A, all three Missouri teachers unions are refusing to endorse Prop A, instead calling it a gambling issue which some believe will have devastating consequences on those who can least afford to lose.”

Brent Belvins, Forsyth Superintendent, was quoted saying the Missouri Association of School Administrators is also failing to endorse Proposition A.

NOonA.com features school superintendents all over the state who see this as a gambling issue, not an education issue, and who believe its wrong to try to persuade voters to expand gambling on the backs of our children and our schools.

The “School Officials Speak Out” Ad can bee seen along with other statements from School Superintendents at: http://nopropa.com/schoolofficials.html

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Another Hit to the Casinos: The KC Star says Vote NO on Prop A

Another major new source is tell the casinos thanks, but no thanks.  The KC Star has joined the St Louis Post Dispatch, The KC Tribune, and the Joplin Globe, in calling for a NO Vote on Proposition A.  The Star outlines many key reasons, explaining how each is an independent reason to reject Proposition A:

With Proposition A on Nov. 4, Missouri’s casinos are asking voters for unfettered access to gambling dollars. Don’t give it to them.  Proposition A would:
• Repeal the state’s $500 loss limit per gambling session, making it much easier for people to lose thousands at a time.

• Unfairly protect existing and planned casinos from any future competition in Missouri.

• Remove safeguards against gambling by felons who are banned from the casinos; no identification checks would be required and law enforcement difficulties would be increased.

• Increase, probably dramatically, the number of problem gamblers and the associated social costs.
Each of these reasons alone would be enough for a “no” vote on Proposition A.

The casinos are promising millions of dollars more for education if this measure passes. Where have Missouri voters heard that before? They should not be taken for a ride on this issue again.

It seems all the ‘Yes on A’ coalition can do is keep throwing money at voters.  They have an advantage with slick television ads and fancy mailers, but the people see the truth.  Tell everyone you know to visit NOonA.com for a list of all those in opposition to Prop A including the most pivotal school organizations who are refusing to endorse Prop A