August 20, 2014
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
- Upcoming Events (see below)
- How to Join MASW
- A list of all of our different subgroups, or what we call Task Forces.
- Current legislative issues affecting Missourians
- HMIS (Homeless Missourians Information System)
- Our different MASW chapters around the state
Please feel free to contact us at (573)634-2901 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
Veto Session Preview
What bills are we watching and why?
Please join the Missouri Association for Social Welfare and social justice allies for a Veto Session Preview on Wednesday, August 27, at 5:30 p.m. in Jefferson City. Gov. Nixon has vetoed a record number of bills Truly Agreed and Finally Passed by the General Assembly. How many bills will the General Assembly attempt to override? What dynamics are at work regarding particular bills? What position should social justice advocates take on the vetoed bills and budget line items?
Otto Fajen, Legislative Director, Missouri National Education Association
Andrea Routh, Executive Director, MO Health Advocacy Alliance
Moderator: Jeanette Mott Oxford, Executive Director, MASW
Free admission and open to the public
Light refreshments will be served
Wednesday, August 27 @ 5:30 pm
Co-sponsored by: MASW; Missouri Budget Project; Missouri NEA; MACA; Missourians to End Poverty (list of co-sponsors in formation
Center for Social Justice, 606 E. Capitol Avenue
MASW Encouraged by Defeat of Amendment 7
Calls for Dialogue on Better Transportation Solutions
The Missouri Association for Social Welfare (MASW) was encouraged by today’s solid defeat of Amendment 7 (59% No - 41% Yes with about 95% of precincts reporting). Jeanette Mott Oxford, executive director of MASW, said, “Missouri voters rejected regressive sales and use taxes that would have strained the budgets of already struggling families while allowing the trucking industry to escape paying an equitable share to support our roads and bridges.”
“We agree that our highways, bridges, ports, and mass transit need adequate funding, and the defeat of Amendment 7 creates an opportunity for proponents and opponents to sit down together and find a better solution,” Oxford continued. MASW cites the following as more fair and appropriate funding sources for transportation, as well as other essential state programs and services:
• Modernization of Missouri’s outdated fuel tax, which has not been increased since 1996.
• Elimination of the Missouri income tax deduction for federal taxes paid – Missouri is one of only six
states with this tax feature, and 83% of its benefit goes to the wealthiest 40% of Missourians.
• An overhaul of Missouri’s inadequate, outdated, and unfair income tax system – the tax table was
last updated in 1931 and the top tax bracket starts at only $9,000 of taxable income.
• Closing of corporate tax loopholes.
Oxford said, “A transportation funding source that is frozen while labor and construction costs rise annually is a fuel tax designed to fail.” MASW suggests that refundable tax credits for families with low incomes could reduce the regressive impact of a fuel tax adjusted for inflation. Mileage-based fees also may become a future trend to encourage fuel efficiency or renewable energy sources for travel.
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.
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!
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
UPCOMING TASK FORCE & CHAPTER MEETINGS
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.
606 E. Capitol Avenue, Jefferson City, MO
contact: Pam Rich
Human Rights Task Force Meeting
Thursday, August 28, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
606 E. Capitol Avenue, Jefferson City, MO
contact: Don Love