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July 25, 2014


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WELCOME to the Missouri Association for Social Welfare!

It is the mission of MASW to provide the leadership, research, education and advocacy to improve public
policies and programs impacting the health and welfare of all people in Missouri.

We hope that our website allows you to learn about MASW, such as

Please feel free to contact us at (573)634-2901 or joxford@masw.org if you have any questions!
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August 5th Primary Election Ballot

Several important issues are on the August 5th Primary Election Ballot. On June 28, the MASW Board of Directors endorsed a Vote No position on three constitutional amendments: Amendments 1, 5 and 7.

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If this deceptively worded “Right to Farm” becomes the law, Missouri’s local governments may lose their ability to stop agriculture corporations from polluting and contaminating our state. Property values could sharply decline in areas where Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations and corporate farms exist.  This measure will line the pockets of corporations, many located thousands of miles away. Stand with family farmers and the MO Rural
Crisis Center: Vote No on Amendment 1.


Amendment 5 seeks to amend the MO Constitution to state that the right to keep and bear arms is an unalienable right and that the state government is obligated to uphold that right. Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney Jean Peters Baker and St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer M. Joyce have written a letter opposing the proposal
which states “The Constitution and laws of our State already protect the hunter, the lawful citizen, and those acting in self-defense....the only ones that stand to benefit from this new language are gang members, drug dealers, domestic abusers, and other criminals.”  The fiscal note for Amendment 5 acknowledges: “….the proposal’s
passage will likely lead to increased litigation and criminal justice related costs. The total potential costs are unknown, but could be significant.” Vote No on Amendment 5.


Record-Breaking Tax Increase:  The nearly 18% increase in the state sales tax will push the total sales tax to nearly 11 1/2% in some areas.  Amendment 7 proposes the largest tax increase in the state's history.

Unfair Taxation:  Trucks passing through Missouri--55% of the traffic--will not pay any more tax although they cause most of the road damage.  Amendment 7 makes middle- and low-income people pay the biggest share.

Wrong Priority:  Missourians will already pay tens of billions of dollars for roads over the next 10 years.  But the state will fall short funding schools, collections, universities, health care, public safety and the criminal justice system. 

Click here  and here to download a flyer that you can share with family, friends, and co-workers.


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Voters, Beware! Amendment 7 Language May Mislead Some –MASW Decries Cole County Court Decision

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Association for Social Welfare (MASW) today decried the decision by Cole County Circuit Court not to grant Missouri voters relief in the matter of the ballot language for Amendment 7. Jeanette Mott Oxford, executive director of MASW, said, “We believe the voters of Missouri deserve truth in advertising and ballot language that is scrupulously true, impartial and clear.”

MASW’s principle objections to the ballot language are as follows:

 “We object to our opponents slowing the case down and then pleading that the case was too late. We further believe that using language related to safety on the ballot creates an emotional squeeze meant to frighten voters,” said Oxford. “House Joint Resolution 68 that put this on the ballot is silent about what is meant by safety.”

MASW offers the following guidance for Missouri voters regarding Amendment 7:

Click here for a printable version of why MASW filed a lawsuit to try to get that language improved.

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MIssourians to end poverty

Want to see the latest report on poverty for Missouri?

Click here for the latest State of the State: Poverty in Missouri report released January 15, 2014.

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$$$$$  See how much money Missouri has lost by NOT expanding Medicaid. $$$$

We are still focusing on Medicaid Expansion. Check out this article that explains what effects Missouri will incur by NOT expanding Medicaid.

Thanks to everyone who attended our forum on August 9!
Testifying 101

Politicians and talk show pundits are claiming a study in Oregon proves that Medicaid is not effective in improving health outcomes. Not so! Read the facts here: OR Medicaid Experiment Fact Sheet

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All meetings can be attended via conference call. Please contact the Chair person listed for each meeting in order to receive the call-in information.

Central Chapter Meeting
Wednesday August 20, 11:30 am.
MASW Headquarters
606 E. Capitol Avenue, Jefferson City, MO
contact: Pam Rich

Human Rights Task Force Meeting
Thursday, August 28, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
MASW Headquarters
606 E. Capitol Avenue, Jefferson City, MO
contact: Don Love



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