Just a few quick Friday nuggets…
If you’re going to rip off campaign finance laws, now is the time to do it! The Missouri Ethics Commission is unable to take action against wrongdoing because with only two commissioners they cannot have a quorum.
A recent complaint against Randall Minchewwho lost his candidacy for mayor of Columbia on Tuesday, was left without committee action because they cannot act.
The cynic might think that after his PAC was verbalized twice by the commissionGovernor Mike Parson is in no rush to restore the board to its function.
The budget now moves to the Senate side with four weeks remaining until the constitutional deadline for passage.
· Pierre MeridethA ranking minority member on the House Budget Committee, praised the budget the House passed this week, but lamented that they left so much money sitting idle in their coffers. See his remarks here. He notes that school transportation remains underfunded, a chronic shortcoming in Missouri budgets. And he believes the Senate will not hesitate to find other uses for the money.
· In fact, I would be surprised if there was no question in the Senate of using part of the surplus for a tax reduction. An editorial by Rex Sinquefield (see here) sets the stage for this debate. This is a golden opportunity for Missouri to accelerate a multi-year series of tiny income tax cuts first implemented in 2014. The state’s personal income tax is rising today at 5.4%. It will fall to 5.3% this year, and it is expected to fall to 4.8% in 2028. Using the $600 million for a tax cut, the legislature could lower the rate to 4.8% over the course of fiscal year 2023, reaching a significant level. lowering the tax rate almost immediately, while committing to the discipline of staying within pre-pandemic spending levels for several years…
· During this time, budget watcher Jim Moody, in its March overview (see here), notes that “collections so far in fiscal year 2022 are extraordinary, with sales tax and income tax up double digits.” And while he warns that “the risk of recession is approaching 50%. Various Opinions at the Moment,” he also acknowledges that “Treasury cash balances are at levels beyond belief. There is plenty of money to cushion a downturn.
Fitz gets breeders
Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrickrunning for listener, touts Missouri Cattlemen Association endorsement on Twitter.
“Fitzpatrick has a long history of government accountability and working alongside farm and ranch families”
Preview of the weekend
Coming tomorrow… Senate Republican Primary 10 poll, where the hallway sees congressional redistricting headed and more…
Vernon Scovillejudge and former state representative, died this week. From his obituary: Vernon served as an Associate Judge of the Missouri State Circuit Court for 22 years before retiring in 2013. He also served as a Missouri State Representative for 10 years. Vernon was a Freemason at East Gate Lodge #630. He enjoyed following politics, playing with his dog Rubi Rose, and tinkering around the house… His family will receive friends and family from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 8, 2022 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, Missouri.
Submission of a new candidate
Today is the last day for filing in districts where someone withdrew during the last days of regular filing.
Kyle Luzynski filed as a Democrat in House 88 (Eureka).
Contributions of $5,000 or more
Best Elections – $25,000 from David Kemper.
Citizens for Marler (running in Republican Primary House 119, Franklin County) – $10,000 from Marty Marler.
Credit Union Political Action Committee of Missouri – $10,000 from Community America Credit Union.
Citizens will elect Merrell Hansen (candidate for Chesterfield City Council) – $8,000 from Merrell Hansen.
Richard McIntosh added KPMG srl.
Happy birthday to Ron Leon, Mike Sutherland, white pajamasand mike thompson.