Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Missouri August 5th Ballot Initiatives -- Amendment No. 8

Part Four of a series.  Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 5.

Veterans Lottery Ticket

Constitutional Amendment No. 8
Proposed by the 97th General Assembly (Second Regular Season)
HJR No. 48
Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to create a “Veterans Lottery Ticket” and to use the revenue from the sale of these tickets for projects and services related to veterans?

The annual cost or savings to state and local governmental entities is unknown, but likely minimal.  If sales of a veterans lottery ticket game decrease existing lottery ticket sales, the profits of which fund education, there could be a small annual shift in funding from education to veterans' programs.
[  ]  Yes
[  ]  No

I am voting NO on Amendment 8.
It's not that this is a Bad Thing, or that it will cost me anything, like Amendment 7, but it's one of those pointless, do-gooder kind of things that make us feel like we have "done something" for veterans.  I'm not a veteran, but the veterans I know generally just want to be left alone.  The whole idea of the lottery proceeds being used to fund education is a sham.  The money goes into the general fund.  I've said before that a good 75% of my property taxes go to the schools.  Education itself is a unionized scam.  It's nice that they want to help veterans, but this is a token gesture, and something else to clutter up the statutes.

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