ST. LOUIS, Sept. 2, 2010—In response to Proposition A, a statewide initiative on the Nov. 2 ballot seeking to eliminate the St. Louis and Kansas City earnings tax, Comptroller Darlene Green will speak out against Proposition A on Oct. 1 during her keynote address at the annual Workers Rights Board breakfast.
Comptroller Green believes Proposition A is ill-conceived and will be disastrous for St. Louis, particularly at this time when the city is facing employee furloughs, service reductions and increased service fees. Green is urging all Missourians to vote no on Proposition A.
In addition to her verbal backing, Green wants to give the opposition financial support. She has pledged to raise money to match
In a commentary published in The St. Louis American, Comptroller Green said the following:
"Almost one-third of the city's general fund budget relies on revenue from the earnings tax. To put that into perspective, the city's police department is roughly one-third of the city's general fund budget this year at $129.4 million. The police department's budget can be directly tied to the city's earnings tax revenue. Without the earnings tax, it is easy to see that the city of St. Louis would be forced to make drastic cuts in public safety and virtually every other service provided to the taxpayers.
"Even during the nation's economic downturn, the city of
Comptroller Green strongly urges all
For more information on the Workers Rights Board and defeating Proposition A, contact Joan Suarez at (314) 862-0911 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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