CALLS TO ACTION

Here is where you will find our weekly calls to action as they happen! 


CALL TO ACTION!

Tell your legislators to say NO! to SB 617 unfair tax cuts and YES! pass MONA now to end discrimination!

Tax cut bill SB 617 sponsored by Sen. Bill Eigel - Weldon Spring, could cost the state $500 to $800 million in lost revenues by eliminating the top tax rate and reducing both individual and corporate income tax rates to 5.25% with further reductions under certain revenue conditions. In a state that has already cut services to its most vulnerable, this would push Missouri further toward the disastrous results of the “Kansas experiment.”


The Missouri Non-discrimination Act or MONA would add sexual orientation and gender identity to protected categories of the Missouri Human Rights Act. Currently the law prohibits discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations based on race, sex, color, religion, ancestry, disability, age (in employment), familial status (in housing) and national origin--but does not protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender people.


Indivisible MO opposes SB 617 and supports MONA because:

  • We don’t want to end up like Kansas, where corporate tax cuts led to massive harmful cuts to education, healthcare, and public services. If SB 617 passes, Missouri’s revenues are projected to fall by hundreds of millions of dollars. Our legislature has already cut critically needed services and benefits including prescription drug benefits to thousands of low income seniors and disabled. Compared to most other states, Missouri already invests less in services, including Kansas even after their tax cuts. We cannot continue to cut vital services for all Missourians in order to give tax cuts to wealthy corporations and individuals without catastrophic consequences.

  • Lawmakers can’t easily fix a budget crisis in Missouri. Our state is already facing a budget shortfall of $240 million dollars. If SB 617 additional tax cuts are passed and we end up in a budget crisis, lawmakers can’t just reverse course and raise taxes like they did in Kansas. By law Missouri voters must approve tax increases. Risking a financial crisis is dangerous and completely irresponsible!

  • MONA has been filed every year for twenty years and that is long enough! There are currently no explicit, comprehensive statewide non-discrimination protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender people in Missouri. Missouri must support the rights of ALL its citizens NOW!

  • Without MONA protections in Missouri, an individual can be fired from a job, denied housing, or denied service in a business based on sexual orientation or gender identity. This is unacceptable! We must pass MONA now!

  • Over 90% of Fortune 500 companies prohibit this kind of discrimination. The idea that non-discrimination would hurt Missouri businesses is wrong. Successful Fortune 500 companies recognize that non-discrimination is not only the right thing to do, it is also profitable!

Sample Call Script:

“Hi, my name is __________, I'm a constituent from ___________, and I am calling to ask Senator/Representative________to vote NO to unfair tax cuts in SB 617 and YES to MONA and ending discrimination now because _____________.”


References:

http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article207220354.html

http://www.mobudget.org/press-release-senate-tax-bills-provide-unfair-giveaways-to-wealthiest-leave-communities-reeling/

https://states.aarp.org/missouri-legislative-session-begins/

https://auditor.mo.gov/content/auditor-galloway-warns-missouri-budget-balanced-backs-taxpayers-financial-instability-could

http://www.stltoday.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-missouri-senate-makes-the-same-insane-tax-cut-mistake/article_7188d88b-cfb8-5a8c-a7ab-75152050661b.html

https://promoonline.org/news/the-missouri-nondiscrimination-act-is-introduced-in-the-house-senate-for-the-19th-year-in-a-row/

https://www.freedomforallamericans.org/missouri-legislation-anti-lgbtq/

http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article145831509.html

https://labor.mo.gov/discrimination

http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article145831509.html#storylink=cpy

https://promoonline.org/news/moloveformona/


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CALL TO ACTION!

Tell your legislators to say NO! to SB 617 unfair tax cuts and YES! pass MONA now to end discrimination!

Tax cut bill SB 617 sponsored by Sen. Bill Eigel - Weldon Spring, could cost the state $500 to $800 million in lost revenues by eliminating the top tax rate and reducing both individual and corporate income tax rates to 5.25% with further reductions under certain revenue conditions. In a state that has already cut services to its most vulnerable, this would push Missouri further toward the disastrous results of the “Kansas experiment.”

The Missouri Non-discrimination Act or MONA would add sexual orientation and gender identity to protected categories of the Missouri Human Rights Act. Currently the law prohibits discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations based on race, sex, color, religion, ancestry, disability, age (in employment), familial status (in housing) and national origin--but does not protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender people.

Indivisible MO opposes SB 617 and supports MONA because:

  • We don’t want to end up like Kansas, where corporate tax cuts led to massive harmful cuts to education, healthcare, and public services. If SB 617 passes, Missouri’s revenues are projected to fall by hundreds of millions of dollars. Our legislature has already cut critically needed services and benefits including prescription drug benefits to thousands of low income seniors and disabled. Compared to most other states, Missouri already invests less in services, including Kansas even after their tax cuts. We cannot continue to cut vital services for all Missourians in order to give tax cuts to wealthy corporations and individuals without catastrophic consequences.

  • Lawmakers can’t easily fix a budget crisis in Missouri. Our state is already facing a budget shortfall of $240 million dollars. If SB 617 additional tax cuts are passed and we end up in a budget crisis, lawmakers can’t just reverse course and raise taxes like they did in Kansas. By law Missouri voters must approve tax increases. Risking a financial crisis is dangerous and completely irresponsible!

  • MONA has been filed every year for twenty years and that is long enough! There are currently no explicit, comprehensive statewide non-discrimination protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender people in Missouri. Missouri must support the rights of ALL its citizens NOW!

  • Without MONA protections in Missouri, an individual can be fired from a job, denied housing, or denied service in a business based on sexual orientation or gender identity. This is unacceptable! We must pass MONA now!

  • Over 90% of Fortune 500 companies prohibit this kind of discrimination. The idea that non-discrimination would hurt Missouri businesses is wrong. Successful Fortune 500 companies recognize that non-discrimination is not only the right thing to do, it is also profitable!

Sample Call Script:

“Hi, my name is __________, I'm a constituent from ___________, and I am calling to ask Senator/Representative________to vote NO to unfair tax cuts in SB 617 and YES to MONA and ending discrimination now because _____________.”

References:

http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article207220354.html

http://www.mobudget.org/press-release-senate-tax-bills-provide-unfair-giveaways-to-wealthiest-leave-communities-reeling/

https://states.aarp.org/missouri-legislative-session-begins/

https://auditor.mo.gov/content/auditor-galloway-warns-missouri-budget-balanced-backs-taxpayers-financial-instability-could

http://www.stltoday.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-missouri-senate-makes-the-same-insane-tax-cut-mistake/article_7188d88b-cfb8-5a8c-a7ab-75152050661b.html

https://promoonline.org/news/the-missouri-nondiscrimination-act-is-introduced-in-the-house-senate-for-the-19th-year-in-a-row/

https://www.freedomforallamericans.org/missouri-legislation-anti-lgbtq/

http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article145831509.html

https://labor.mo.gov/discrimination

http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article145831509.html#storylink=cpy

https://promoonline.org/news/moloveformona/

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CALL TO ACTION!

Don’t waste taxpayer dollars on a special session!

Tell your legislators to start impeachment now!

We are disappointed that impeachment proceedings did not begin immediately. Why waste taxpayer money on a special session? For this week’s Missouri Mondays we ask that the legislature stop pretending they can carry on with business as usual in the current session and begin the process of impeachment now!

Indivisible MO demands Governor Greitens’ be impeached because:

  • A special session will cost Missouri taxpayers an average of $10,000/day. The two 2017 special sessions cost taxpayers an estimated $139,000 or more. Our state is already in a budget crisis, why ask taxpayers to pay more?

  • Sworn testimony about Greitens’ abusive and threatening behavior is deeply disturbing and unacceptable for any elected official, especially the Governor. The allegations against Governor Greitens are shocking and disgraceful. We should expect nothing less than good moral character, honesty, and integrity from all of our elected officials and especially from the leader of our state. Greitens alleged reprehensible criminal behavior is bringing shame and embarrassment to the office of governor and to Missouri yet he refuses to step down, so we must begin impeachment proceedings now!

  • We deserve a law-abiding governor who values constitutional protections for all Missourians! The Governor asked to delay the release of the House committee’s report until after his day in court at his upcoming trial, yet would deny the right to a jury trial to other Missourians. Last year Governor Greitens signed SB 43 into law, which made it easier for employers to discriminate against their employees and weakened Missouri’s human rights laws. This year another bill, SB 578, would give employers the right to force employees into secret arbitration, denying them the right to a jury trial and hiding discrimination or sexual harassment in the workplace. We deserve leaders who stand for the rule of law and will fight for constitutional protections for all Missourians and not just for themselves when it’s convenient.

Sample Call Script:

“Hi, my name is __________, I'm a constituent from ___________, and I am calling to ask Senator/Representative________to begin impeachment proceedings now because _____________.”

References:

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/missouri-special-session-costs-are-and-growing/article_011d4a50-c8f7-5786-88f3-03fbfa737f71.html

http://www.ozarksfirst.com/news/fact-check-exact-cost-of-missouri-special-session-on-abortion/776700786

http://www.ky3.com/content/news/Law-professor-breaks-down-impeachment-process-of-a-Missouri-governor.html

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-missouri-governor/missouri-governor-charged-with-felony-computer-data-tampering-idUSKBN1HR383

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/04/20/604489073/missouri-gov-eric-greitens-charged-with-second-felony-computer-data-tampering

http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article208866399.html

https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article208375284.html

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/columns/tony-messenger/messenger-greitens-wants-his-day-in-court-but-seeks-to/article_882be829-b2a7-5591-a84c-b1fdeee7455e.html

http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article208633839.html

http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article208614359.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/13/us/eric-greitens-missouri-scandal.html

http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article208621159.html

http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article209422724.html


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