Tobacco issue stares lawmakers in face
Missouri lawmakers are due back at work tomorrow after their spring break with a number of major issues still to be dealt with by May 12th. Whatâ€™s expected to be the most contentious is the matter of what to do with Missouriâ€™s share of the national to
The money is expected to amount to 6.7 billion dollars over the next 25 years and there are various proposals about how to deal with it.
Governor Carnahan favors a plan thatâ€™s been approved by the House. That divvies up the money for health care, health research, smoking prevention and early childhood programs. And it voters approve it, the money would not fall under the stateâ€™s Hancock revenue limit, which caps the amount of money the state can collect.
If the money does fall under the limit, the likely result would be refunds to taxpayers, or future tax cuts.
The Senate plan would divide up the money for health care, smoking prevention and an emergency fund for unexpected natural disasters or budget deficits.