Despite spot on ballot, proposed increase to tobacco tax still faces legal fight

Opponents to Raise Your Hands for Kids’ ballot measure have stepped up their legal battle against the proposal.

Jim Boeving and Patty Arrowood each filed injunctions Tuesday against Secretary of State Jason Kander over the proposed amendment, which would raise tobacco and cigarette taxes and designate the revenue for early childhood education.

Boeving’s injunction continues with his prior lawsuit against the ballot measure. As the Western District Court of Appeals ruled that the initial ballot language was misleading and ordered it changed, Boeving and his attorneys have argued the signatures collected under the initial language should be invalidated.

Arrowood’s lawsuit targets the intent of the ballot measure. She contends that the ballot measure would appropriate existing revenues by initiative, authorizes state revenues for religious institutions, surrenders the power to tax, violates uniformity of taxation, and amends multiple articles of the Missouri constitution – all of which are unconstitutional.

A third lawsuit was also filed, acting as a combination of the two.

Circuit Court Judge Jon Beetem of the 19th Circuit will hear that case Friday.

Read more: Missouri Times

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