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: Yes: 63.9 % No: 36.1 % Yes: 24 % No: 76 % Yes: 61.8 % No: 38.2 %
Missouri voters will be asked on Nov. 6 to consider a ballot question raising tobacco taxes from 17 to 90 cents on name-brand cigarettes; off brands, the hike is larger.
It's one of those hyper-divisive issues, and it's on the ballot on Nov. 6. Why is Proposition B so divisive? Well, for starters, it involves two relatively unpopular practices: raising taxes and smoking. But here's the thing: If you don't smoke, do you really care about raising taxes on smokers? And if you smoke, are you ever going to vote for a hike in tobacco taxes? That's what Prop B is about. In basic English, the measure would boost state taxes from 17 to 90 cents on name-brand cigarettes. For off-brands, the state tax would rise to $1.47 a pack. In the less-plain language of the actual ballot question, Prop B would: In the shorthand of the opponents, the measure amounts to a 760 percent tax increase, and they say that's just not …