08/22/22 Missouri Mondays - Biden signs Democrat’s sweeping health care, climate, tax bill!
Plus--Gov. Parson’s proposed $700M added tax cuts heavily favors the wealthy, could cost $1 Billion+ annually / Women’s Equality Day Aug 26! / More news, events, actions to help elect those fighting for people over $$ and for our freedoms and our democracy!
Welcome to another Missouri Mondays! Thank you for taking action to elect those who will fight for the good of the people over $$mega wealthy donors and corporations, and those who will stand up for our personal freedoms and protect our democracy! The choice is clear. We cannot and we will not back down because here’s what’s at stake:
“With the overturn of Roe, and efforts to ban any transgressions against fundamentalist views, the zealots of the Supreme Court and the conservative base are presenting Democrats with an opportunity to seize the mantle as the defenders of long-established individual rights.
The freedom to make one’s own decisions about reproduction and health. The freedom to vote. The freedom to choose one’s dating and life partners. The freedom to hold elections without worrying about an authoritarian putsch. The freedom to send one’s kids to school without fear of a madman armed with an AR-15.”
https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/the-kansas-abortion-referendum-has-a-message-for-democrats John Cassidy The New Yorker Aug 5
Biden signs Inflation Reduction Act, Democrats sweeping health care, climate, tax bill into law
“Democrats have passed the Inflation Reduction Act (HR 5376), a historic plan that will lower prices families pay for prescription drugs, health insurance and home energy. It will address the climate crisis threatening communities with fires, floods and droughts. It is paid for with fairer taxes on big corporations and the wealthy. No one making more than $400,000 a year will pay more in taxes, and it will reduce the national debt by about $300 billion.”
Read more here:
https://americansfortaxfairness.org/inflation-reduction-act/ Americans For Tax Fairness
“The Inflation Reduction Act Delivers Affordable Clean Energy for Missouri”
“The Inflation Reduction Act is the most significant legislation in U.S. history to tackle the climate crisis and strengthen American energy security. It will lower energy costs for households and businesses, create manufacturing jobs for American workers, and deliver a clean, secure, and healthy future for our children and grandchildren. The savings, jobs, and other benefits provided by this legislation will reach communities across Missouri.
President Biden promised to combat the existential threat of climate change and build a clean energy future that creates jobs, advances environmental justice, and lowers costs for families. He’s following through on that promise with the Inflation Reduction Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.”
Governor Parson’s pushing hard for his $700 million tax cut plan. Sought help from Rex Sinquefield, Missouri’s most prolific political donor and proponent of Brownback’s failed KS tax cut plan
Governor Mike Parson has been out trying to sell his proposal for a $700 million tax cut to his fellow Republicans and “has also solicited help from one of the state’s most vocal champions of tax cuts, Rex Sinquefield. Parson’s office asked Sinquefield — by far the state’s most prolific donor, having doled out $40 million to Missouri candidates and causes since 2012 — to meet with legislators to discuss tax cut policy.
In meetings with the governor and legislative leaders, Sinquefield brought along conservative economist Art Laffer, who is credited as the architect of the controversial tax cut package in Kansas that was ultimately repealed after years of budget shortfalls.”
“Senate Minority Leader John Rizzo, D-Independence, said his party has no qualms with cutting taxes, noting Democrats supported a tax cut bill signed into law last year.
But he questions whether it’s time for yet another tax cut when the state has so many ongoing needs that are going underfunded. Especially, Rizzo said, when a big part of the state’s budget surplus comes from one-time federal stimulus funds.
“We have a lot of good programs we are trying to make sure continue,” Rizzo said, pointing to efforts to raise teacher pay, fund school transportation and deal with staffing shortages that have plagued state agencies. “Our concern,” Rizzo said, “is that when the federal money runs out, these permanent tax cuts will be more detrimental to the budget than we can realize right now.”
“Pending & Proposed Tax Changes Would Cost Missouri Over $1 Billion Annually
Also Heavily Weighted to Benefit the Wealthiest” –Missouri Budget Project
“In July, Governor Parson announced his intent to call a special legislative session regarding the state income tax. While Missouri is fortunate to have significant budget reserves at this time, this position is largely the result of extraordinary, one-time federal funding.
Further, lawmakers recently approved income tax cuts that have not yet been fully implemented. Those pending cuts will reduce state general revenue by $669 million per year when fully implemented. Approving additional tax changes, as suggested by the Governor, would raise that cost to well over $1 billion annually.”
“Impact by Income”
“In addition to reducing Missouri’s ability to fund critical public services, the tax changes are heavily weighted to benefit the wealthiest.
• The policies would do little to address recent increases in property taxes or higher sales taxes resulting from inflation, both of which have had disproportionate impacts on working families and seniors with fixed incomes.
• While the change to the standard deduction is more equitable, it pales in comparison to the weight of the income tax rate changes.
• When combined, the wealthiest 1% of Missourians would see an average cut of $6,030, while the lowest income Missourians would receive just $13.”
Read full statement and analysis from Missouri Budget Project (MBP) here: https://www.mobudget.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Analysis_Special_Session_Proposal.pdf
Find more analysis and Missouri budget information here: https://www.mobudget.org
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WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
HELP ELECT DEMOCRAT TRUDY BUSCH VALENTINE TO THE U.S. SENATE!
We must ACT NOW to help elect Democrat Trudy Busch Valentine to the U.S. Senate! Her opponent supports the Big Lie and the extreme GOP agenda threatening our rights, personal freedoms, and our democracy! Trudy will protect our right to safe and legal abortion and making decisions about our own bodies, protect healthcare, voting rights, defend LGBTQ rights, champion individuals and families struggling with addiction, protect the environment, fight to end gun violence, strengthen the middle class, stand with seniors.
Sign up to volunteer here: https://www.mobilize.us/trudybuschvalentine/event/478447/
Make a donation here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/tbv_web
GET READY FOR THE NOVEMBER 8 ELECTION! HELP SPREAD THE WORD!
Last Day to Register: OCTOBER 12, 2022
In Person Absentee Voting Begins: SEPTEMBER 27, 2022
Check your voter registration here: https://s1.sos.mo.gov/elections/voterlookup
Register to vote here: https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/register
Find your local election authority here: https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/localelectionauthority
League of Women Voters Kansas City/Jackson/Clay/Platte Counties
Voter registration information here: https://www.lwvkc.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=477430&module_id=408128
Online voter guide/election information here: https://www.vote411.org/
NOTE: A new restrictive voter ID law HB 1878 with many other voter suppression provisions is scheduled to go into effect on August 28, 2022. We will be sharing important updates and voter resources from Missouri Voter Protection Coalition (MOVPC) as they become available. You can also sign up to join MOVPC meetings on Zoom each Monday at 10am by texting “MOVPC” to 66866 or registering here: https://wustl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYoceyuqTsqGN1NlXOMKb88rSExyr-kWjbt
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE UPCOMING ACTIONS AND EVENTS
TAKE ACTION WITH THE MISSOURI VOTER PROTECTION COALITION (MOVPC)
TO PROTECT THE RIGHT TO VOTE
NOTE: A new restrictive voter ID law HB 1878 with many other voter suppression provisions is scheduled to go into effect on August 28, 2022. Join Missouri Voter Protection Coalition (MOVPC) to learn more.
Join the MOVPC meeting
TODAY MONDAY Aug 22
Text “MOVPC” to 66866 or register HERE: https://wustl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYoceyuqTsqGN1NlXOMKb88rSExyr-kWjbt
MOVPC is a nonpartisan statewide network promoting access to the ballot
and working to remove barriers to voting in Missouri!
KERI-OKE FUNDRAISER TO RE-ELECT MO REP. KERI INGLE
WED AUGUST 24
120 E GREGORY BLVD.
Join us for a night of karaoke and support the re-election campaign of MO Rep. Keri Ingle!
Donate at www.keriingle.com or use the QR code above.
Celebrate Women’s Equality Day
August 26, 2022
The History of Women’s Equality Day
At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 and passed in 1973, the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.” The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York. The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. Workplaces, libraries, organizations, and public facilities now participate with Women’s Equality Day programs, displays, video showings, or other activities.
More information here: https://nationalwomenshistoryalliance.org/resources/commemorations/womens-equality-day/
Thursday August 25, 2022
Kansas City Public LIbrary
Truman Auditorium - Plaza Branch
4801 Main St
KC MO 64112
“They Fought the Fight: The 1965 Voting Rights Act”
RSVP here: https://kclibrary.org/node/31701/register
Emilye Crosby, a history professor at the State University of New York at Geneseo and author of A Little Taste of Freedom: The Black Freedom Struggle in Claiborne County, Mississippi, discusses the significance of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the crucial role women played in its passage.
While well-known leaders of the civil rights movement like Martin Luther King Jr. are regularly lauded, Crosby explores and celebrates the work of ordinary citizens who organized at a grassroots level. The contributions of women, in particular, and the lessons learned from their successes are at the heart of her research.
Her presentation comes on the eve of Women’s Equality Day on August 26.
Crosby’s A Little Taste of Freedom won the Mississippi Historical Society’s Book of the Year Award (formerly the McLemore Prize) in 2006. She also edited Civil Rights History from the Ground Up: Local Struggles in a National Movement.
JACKSON COUNTY DEMOCRATS 35TH ANNUAL TRUMAN GALA
August 27, 2022
KC Convention Center
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/2022trumangala
MORE INFORMATION HERE: https://www.trumangala.com/
Join us for the 35th annual Truman Gala on August 27, 2022! We are happy to bring this back to KC and hold the event at the KC Convention Center.
VIP reception begins at 5pm, general reception at 6pm and the dinner/program starts at 7pm.
in Missouri House Democrats in Boone County on Aug 27th!
Hear from elected officials and candidates how you can help turn Missouri Blue! Mark your calendar for the upcoming event in Boone County on August 27th! Sign up here: https://www.mohousedems.com/calendar/democrat-day-of-action-boone-county/
MORE UPCOMING ACTIONS AND EVENTS
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HELP ELECT DEMOCRATS TO MO LEGISLATURE TO STOP EXTREMIST GOP AGENDA
Democratic candidates for the Missouri legislature need your help NOW! We must break the GOP super-majority to stop their extremist legislation from being passed!
MEET THE MO HOUSE DEMS CANDIDATES: https://www.mohousedems.com/candidates
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VOLUNTEER TO HELP MO HOUSE DEMS WIN: https://secure.ngpvan.com/oZqeiPSF7kqrBstdpQLk9w2
DONATE TO MAJORITY FORWARD FOR STATE SENATE DEMS: https://majorityforwardmo.com
VOLUNTEER WITH JACKSON COUNTY DEMOCRATS (KC METRO): https://www.jacksoncodems.org/volunteer/
ABORTION CARE IS UNDER ATTACK - WHAT YOU CAN DO
Support Abortion Funds/Partner Organizations - Share Resources - Volunteer!
Planned Parenthood Great Plains - Serving more than 30,000 patients across 11 health centers in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma each year https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-great-plains/get-involved/support-ppgp
Planned Parenthood https://www.weareplannedparenthood.org/onlineactions/2U7UN1iNhESWUfDs4gDPNg2
Bans Off Our Bodies Campaign https://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/rightfully-ours/bans-off-our-bodies
Repro Legal Helpline https://www.reprolegalhelpline.org/
GoFundMe for Whole Woman’s Health to Move From Texas to New Mexico Donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/whole-womans-health-moving-to-new-mexico
National Network of Abortion Funds https://donate.abortionfunds.org/give/323375/#!/donation/checkout
National Women’s Health Network https://nwhn.org/syaabortionaccess/
Plan C - An information resource for self-managed, at-home abortion with pills https://www.plancpills.org/
CRISIS IN UKRAINE - HOW YOU CAN HELP
WORLD CENTRAL KITCHEN - Help us provide fresh meals to communities in need. Donate to WCK here: https://donate.wck.org/give/393234#!/donation/checkout
UNICEF - UNICEF is currently on the ground in Ukraine, helping children with water, health and education services. Donate here: https://www.unicefusa.org/stories/unicef-children-are-bearing-brunt-intensifying-crisis-ukraine/39481
RED CROSS - The International Committee of the Red Cross is supporting the Ukrainian Red Cross supporting food-producing initiatives, repairing infrastructure, and helping hospitals, schools, mental health facilities and community centers. Donate here: https://www.icrc.org/en/donate
DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS - American-based nonprofits as well as international organizations are collecting donations for supplies such as first aid backpacks, clothes, diapers, food, cots and other necessities. Donate here: https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/what-we-do/countries/ukraine
SUNFLOWER OF PEACE - Sunflower of Peace Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to helping Ukrainians affected by the Russian military invasion. Donate here: https://www.sunflowerofpeace.com/
MISSOURI COVID UPDATE
Missourians Vaccinated vs U.S. as of Aug 21 - The New York Times
Fully vaccinated — 57% of Missourians / 67% in the U.S.
Fully vaccinated with a booster — 26% of Missourians / 33% in the U.S.
Latest COVID Trends in Missouri as of Aug 21 - The New York Times
An average of 1,727 cases per day were reported in Missouri in the last week. Cases have remained at about the same level from the average two weeks ago.
Deaths have increased by 4 percent.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 1 in 4 residents have been infected, a total of 1,616,283 reported cases. At least 1 in 288 residents have died from the coronavirus, a total of 21,325 deaths.
January 2022 was the month with the highest average cases, while November 2021 was the month with the highest average deaths in Missouri.
MORE COVID-19 VACCINE, TESTING RESOURCES AND INFORMATION HERE: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1i1vCikZiGfMulA8tFCDSJbEKV5N37S1JU_TSlgs699A/edit?usp=sharing
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