Darin Morley has submitted the following article about the April 2nd ballot initiative, Prop P also known as the Arch Tax. Morley blogs at Reboot Congress.
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Those pushing the Arch tax have been promoting it's positive economic impact on the region. Here's a recent flyer that they mailed to area voters. One side promises that "Propostion P will Get People Working and Stimulate our Local Economy"
The other side promises that Prop P will "Improve our Economy and Create Jobs:
In fact, mailings like this one from the pro-Arch tax folks have failed to benefit the St. Louis region. According to their own reports with the Missouri Ethics Commission, they've spent at least $40k on mailings to convince voters to support the tax.
As you can see, they also spent $47k dollars on the same California company for "telemarketing campaign planning and production". The problem is that the money was spent in California instead of on a St. Louis area business:
Ironically, they sent over $87,000 that could have supported Missouri telemarketing, printing, and direct mail businesses to California for a media campaign to convince you that Prop P will benefit the local economy. With unaccountable public-private partnerships directing the funds raised by Prop P, how could you be certain?
On April 2nd, vote No on Prop P.