Of all the ballot issues ever sent to Missouri voters, Amendment 4 stands out as the one that could have the most dramatic impact on funding of local and state services, more so even than the 1980 Hancock Amendment which requires public votes on every tax increase.
Constitutional Amendment 4 Full Text
“Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to prohibit a new state or local sales/use or other similar tax on any service or transaction that was not subject to a sales/use or similar tax as of January 1, 2015?”
Amendment 4 is opposed by the Missouri Municipal League
St. Louis Public Radio article on Amendment 4
Amendment 4 is funded primarily by the Realtors Association and is a preemptive strike against sales taxes on new service and technology economies in a Rex Sinquefield world where earnings and income taxes are banned. The wording of the ballot issue is very troubling. It could end up banning all new sales taxes and not just on services. Increasing property taxes to pay for everything would be incredibly unfair.
Vote No on Amendment 4. Don’t let voters in Jasper County tell voters of St. Louis City what we and can’t tax.
— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman