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September 21, 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.

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Please feel free to contact us at (573)634-2901 or joxford@masw.org if you have any questions!
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Join the Central Chapter and the Lincoln University Chapter

Thursday, September 18th @ 6:30 pm for a voter registration rally and public forum.



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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• Modernization of Missouri’s outdated fuel tax, which has not been increased since 1996.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• An overhaul of Missouri’s inadequate, outdated, and unfair income tax system – the tax table was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.


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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 27, 4:00 pm
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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