The plaintiffs say the animal adoption tax levied on non-profit shelters and rescue groups can cost them up to $2,500 a year, making it hard to feed and find homes for the animals in their care. Amanda Good is the HSUS State Director for Missouri.
“For the smaller shelters, that’s actually a significant chunk of their budget, money that should be spent on helping the animals and caring for the animals," Good said.
In the third of four discussions as part of our town hall meeting about statewide ballot issues we take a look at Proposition B, concerning a tobacco tax increase.
Host Don Marsh talks with Dudley McCarter, an attorney and board member of Missourians for Health and Education, and Ron Leone, the Executive Director of the Missouri Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association.
McCarter supports Proposition B and Leone opposes it.
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The St. Louis metro area is considered Missouri’s economic engine. But, it’s in constant competition with both Kansas City and rural areas for state dollars for schools, roads and other needs.
Financial interests are not the only things that drive a wedge between city and country dwellers. In this installment of our series “Bound by Division,” St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin looks at how the divide between urban and rural interests often comes to a head in Jefferson City.