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July 2016

Missouri Budget Project - Traci Gleason 816.872.8133/MoBudget.org

Governor Nixon announced $115 million in spending restrictions to the current year’s budget. Restrictions were made as a result of slow revenue growth in FY 2016. The slow growth means that tax cuts scheduled to be implemented in January 2017 will be on hold. As members of the Coalition for Missouri’s Future, we ask for your help in highlighting this situation to show that tax cuts will just make it more difficult for Missouri to make the investments needed to help the economy grow. 
 
Slow revenue growth in the last fiscal year means that tax cuts will be postponed for at least one year. However, the so-called “trigger” of $150 million in growth isn’t even sufficient to meet inflationary needs to maintain current public services.
 
When communicating about these restrictions, we ask that you use this opportunity to demonstrate that even though they don’t go into effect this year, tax cuts are bad for Missouri, and to grow our economy, we need to invest in Missourians.
 
Please let me know if you organization is willing to:

  • Submit a letter to the editor or op-ed or

  • Communicate with your membership or e-mail list about the restrictions 

  • Attached is a document that includes:

  • A message pyramid with research-informed talking points

  • The press release MBP distributed yesterday about year-end revenue, as an FYI

  • Background material on the tax cuts as well as unmet needs in Missouri

  • Links to MBP products on the FY2017 budget, as well as our Invest in MO series that reviews MO investments in the health and education of Missourians

  • Social media post samples. Pictures and a PPT that you can use to adjust the wording are also attached. 

  • We would be happy to assist you by reviewing or drafting materials for your use – just let me know.

 
Please let me know if you have any questions. What follows are a few helpful resources:

FY 2017 Budget Restrictions and Tax Cut Timeout (Word 23.8 KB)
PowerPoint Presentation (401.2 KB)
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