Star: "Schaefer appears to be doing the bidding of multimillionaire Rex Sinquefield"

Senator and Attorney General hopeful, Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) is upset about Kansas City's decision to raise minimum wage. He has decided the only way to fix this wrong is for the Missouri Legislature to strike down Kansas City's 1% earnings tax, coincidentally a pet issue of multimillionaire Missouri political donor, Rex Sinquefield.

The KC Star took Schaefer to task in an editorial that began:

After a session of intern-related scandals and continued inaction on issues like highway funding, the Missouri General Assembly hardly seems qualified to micromanage the affairs of the state’s largest city.

But a cabal of lawmakers is threatening to retaliate for a Kansas City ordinance enacting a minimum wage increase by terminating the 1 percent earnings tax used to provide services such as police and fire protection.

"Schaefer, who often wanders into uninformed, near-hysterical verbiage, wrote that local minimum wage increases would 'cause a tremendous amount of damage to our state’s economy.'"

In that same letter he wrote to fellow Missouri Senators, Schaefer said the only recourse for repairing the damage a liveable wage would cause is to eliminate the earnings taxes Kansas City and St. Louis voters have enacted.

He ignores the fact that there is no conclusive evidence paying workers a liveable wage harms a community. In fact, the workers who earn more spend their money, boosting the local economy.

"Schaefer... appears to be doing the bidding of multimillionaire Rex Sinquefield."

Sinquefield’s abhorrence of the earnings tax is the reason Kansas Citians must vote to renew the tax every five years. He achieved that with a ballot initiative in 2010. What better way for the hyper-ambitious Schaefer to curry favor with the state’s most prolific campaign contributor than to stage an attack on the revenue source?

"State politicians like Schaefer tend to become so full of themselves they forget they are public servants..."

This problem is unfortunately not limited to Schaefer, and special interest lobbies often have too much influence over our state politicians.

This summer Gov. Nixon vetoed HB 722, which would dictate to local communities and citizens what they can and cannot vote on. Despite lip service paid by Jefferson City politicians to expanding local control, HB 722 would have the opposite effect.

Every community is different and local government exists to reflect and reinforce those unique needs and values. The state government does not always know best what works in every town and county. Local communities need the authority to govern themselves without intrusion from state government or vindictive reactions.

Tell your legislator to sustain the veto of HB 722, and allow local communities to decide what is best for them without interference.

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