AFP-MO Path to Prosperity Blueprint 2014
Prosperity and Freedom
Missouri policymakers must protect and encourage prosperity and freedom, at every level. Government should not be in the business of picking winners and losers via legislation, rules or regulations. The economic status quo in Missouri is failing all of
residents. The ruins from this flawed big-government philosophy are evident throughout our state and municipalities. A renewed effort to protect our individual freedoms and liberties is needed from our elected leaders at all levels of government in order to create long term growth and prosperity. Missourians deserve the opportunity to pursue a path of happiness of their own choosing, relying on their own talents, hard work and self-reliance, free from government intrusion. Fundamental to this initiative is a premium on property rights, fairness and equal access to jobs.
Sample Policy Solution
Limit government to its core functions and ensure they are fully funded, managed properly and performed efficiently while at the same time eliminate wasteful, redundant and nonproductive programs.
Creating a climate where all citizens keep more of their hard-earned money to spend on their financial security must be on the top of every Missouri lawmaker
s to-do list. Missourians know how to spend their earnings better than the government, and when they do, economic growth follows.
Missouri’s tax code was primarily written in the ear
ly 1900s; the system is out of date and needs
comprehensive reform. Many scholars predict that Missouri’s economy will remain stagnant without
changes in the tax system. Neighboring states like Kansas and Indiana have taken bold steps to reduce their state income taxes, property taxes and return money back to the taxpayers.
It’s high time Missouri
does the same.
Sample Policy Solution
Require two-thirds majority to approve all municipal, county, and state tax hikes by ballot initiative when voter turnout is below 50% or simple majority when voter turnout is greater than 50%.
Creating a world class education environment is critical to our future. Policies that demand excellence and reject excuses
will help Missouri’s children prosper
. It must provide equal access, expand individual school choices and promote competition. While districts should receive the necessary funding to provide a quality product, there should be safeguards in place to protect taxpayer dollars. New policies must put a premium on local control and eliminate federal bureaucratic involvement and unnecessary oversight. It is necessary for dollars to be spent on instructional needs and teachers with limits to administration growth. Accountability should be a priority at all levels, and school officials and