Good news from Missouri Supreme Court on ballot initiatives
The Kansas City Star
Good for the Missouri Supreme Court.
Refused to go along with a campaign of obfuscation, its judges have upheld the ballot language and financial summaries on three voter initiatives. That greatly increases the chances that Missouri voters in November will have the chance to weigh in on a tobacco tax increase, restrictions on payday lenders, and a minimum wage increase.
All that’s left now is for the Missouri Secretary of State’s office to certify that supporters of the initiatives gathered the required number of valid voter signatures.
The Supreme Court ruling is very satisfying because the three initiatives are the result of grass-roots campaigns. Much of the work was done by volunteers, as opposed to paid signature gatherers.
Rather than debate these issues in a campaign, opponents tried to head them off in the courts. They even challenged the authority of the state auditor to prepare fiscal summaries, even though a longstanding Missouri statute requires the auditor to do so.
Well, it didn’t work. Perhaps now we can look forward to a fair and open debate on these important issues.