The Labor-Management Council of Greater Kansas City urges Missourians to vote Yes on Propositions A and B and No on Constitutional Amendment 3 on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Proposition B would generate funding for education and health care needs through an increase in the cigarette tax. ”Proposition B is a win-win. Increasing the cigarette tax will bring much needed funds to Missouri students while helping to decrease smoking rates, saving lives and money” noted Bob Jacobi, LMC executive director. ”The funds generated by Proposition B will be a real increase in school funding to boost our state’s economic competitiveness” he added.
Proposition A would return the St. Louis police department to local control. ”Community leaders in St. Louis have asked for this change, and we respect their readiness for local control of the police department” Jacobi said.
Constitutional Amendment 3 would enhance gubernatorial power in the appointment of Supreme and Appeals Court judges. ”This amendment would upend the careful balance in judicial appointments. We support the nonpartisan Missouri plan for judicial selection and oppose this change” Jacobi added.
A nonprofit association based at Rockhurst University, the Labor-Management Council seeks to enhance collaboration and trust between labor and management. Positions on public issues are taken only when at least 75 percent of board members representing both labor and management agree, reflecting broad consensus among the business and labor communities in the region.
The LMC, founded in 1979, has more than 80 member organizations including corporations, unions, governments and nonprofits.