Analyzing Amendment 3
On November 8, Missourians will be asked to vote on Amendment 3, an initiative that looks to increase tobacco taxes to pay for early childhood education.
At first glance, I can see why folks might want to support such an effort. Smoking is bad, so we should tax it. Preschool is good so we should provide it.
Oh, how I wish it were that simple!
In my new essay, Amendment 3: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, I break down all of the intricate issues involved in this proposed constitutional amendment. What is the impetus for this proposal? Is there really a need to be met here? Is pre-K as big of a deal as supporters say it is? Do tobacco taxes have any downside?
I hope that the essay will increase understanding about the possible consequences of this amendment (intended and unintended) and help Missourians cast more informed votes as a result.