Active campaigns: Missouri

THE SHOW ME DEMOCRACY PROJECT

We are organizing coordinated campaigns for ten ballot proposals that represent the will of the people of Missouri and make government in Missouri more genuinely democratic.

ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RIGHTS

The Renewable Energy Project: A statute that would put a jobs program in place providing good paying, union jobs designed to increase the percentage of electricity generated by clean, renewable sources in Missouri until 90% or more of the state’s electricity is from clean, renewable sources.  

Workers could be hired directly by the state or through contracts with private employers. Efforts will be concentrated in ecnomically-distrssed parts of the state.

Funding would come from a state tax on long-term capital gains and qualified dividends in an amount equal to the difference between the federal taxes paid on gains and dividends and the rate that would have been paid had the gains or dividends been taxed as marginal ordinary income.

A Public Option for Health Insurance: A statute creating The Missouri Health Insurance Cooperative giving Missouri citizens the option of participating in a state-run health cooperative, with membership dues and out-of-pocket maximums adjusted annually based on a participant’s income.

Medicaid Expansion: Would amend the Missouri Constitution to adopt Medicaid Expansion for persons 19 to 64 years old with an income level at or below 133% of the federal poverty level, as set forth in the Affordable Care Act.

Local Governments’ Right to Increase the Local Minimum Wage: An amendment to the Missouri Constitution giving counties, cities, towns, and villages the right to require employers to pay a minimum wage or employment benefit that exceeds federal or state law.

Collective Bargaining Amendment: An amendment to the Missouri Constitution prohibiting any law or ordinance that would restrict or impair an agreement requiring employees to support a labor union and apply strict scrutiny review to any such restrictions or impairments.

GENUINE DEMOCRACY

Proportional Representation in the General Assembly: An amendment to the Missouri that would reduce the number of state representatives from 163 to 160 (20 representing each of Missouri’s eight congressional districts); elect state senators at-large, representing the entire state; have primary elections result in an ordered list of candidates for each office; and have voters in general elections cast a vote for one political party’s ordered list of candidates.  

The proportion of votes received per political party would determine how many candidates would be elected from each party’s list.  A party that gets 50% of the vote would get 50% of the seats.  A party getting 5% of the vote would get 5% of the seats.  Independent candidates for both the House and Senate who get enough approximately 5% of the vote would be elected.

Ranked-choice Voting for Executive Offices (Governor, lieutenant governor, etc.): Voters would be able to vote for more than one candidate for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, treasurer, and auditor, ranking the candidates they vote for in order of preference.

If a candidate receives a majority of first-choice votes, that candidate wins.  If no candidate receives a majority of first-choice votes, the candidate with the least first-choice votes is eliminated and the second-choice votes of voters who voted for that candidate as their first choice are distributed among the remaining candidates.  That process is repeated until one candidate has a majority of votes. 

A Public Financing Option for Candidates: A statute that would create the Missouri Elections Trust Fund to provide matching funds to any candidate who voluntarily agrees not to accept campaign contributions from corporations or political action committees that accept corporate contributions.  Taxpayers would have the option of contributing $5 to the fund by checking a box on their state tax return.  The size of the match would depend on how many voters check the box and how many candidates elect to meet the requirements for matching funds.

Automatic Voter Registration: An amendment to the Missouri Constitution that would establish automatic voter registration of individuals at least 16 years old from state agency lists.

Protection of Statutes Passed by Voters: An amendment to the Missouri Constitution that would require voter approval of any bill amending or repealing a statute passed by voters using the initiative. 

Details of each of these proposals are provided in sub-pages under this page.