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Many educators are supporters of an increase in the tobacco tax. The state could use these revenues to help fund public schools, which have not been fully funded in recent years.

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The Associated Press reports the Missouri supreme Court has ruled in favor of keeping three major petition initiative issues on the Missouri November ballot.
The AP reports, “The Supreme Court soundly rejected a variety of challenges to the summaries and financial estimates prepared by state officials for the ballot initiatives. The ruling means the proposals can appear on the Nov. 6 ballot if the secretary of state’s office determines that supporters submitted enough petition signatures of registered voters.”
The High Court also ruled the State Auditor has the right to prepare financial estimates on the impact of a initiative petition on the Missouri budget.
Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich says the ruling is a “complete victory” for his office, according to the AP.
Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan’s office issued a statement, “We have always worked hard to give voters a fair and accurate description of the issues they’re asked…

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About jwmartinez

JoLynne is a journalist and educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Park University and is certified to teach high school journalism and English. Former employment includes work for Cable News Network and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to freelancing for clients such as the Kansas City Star and The Pitch.

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