Voters Defeating Jackson County Medical Research Tax
November 5, 2013

Kansas City Election Board:

Question 1
Number of Precincts 121
Precincts Reporting 92 76.0 %
Total Votes 20367
YES 3373 16.56%
NO 16994 83.44%

Jackson County Election Board:
Precincts: 84 of 168
No: 20067 86%
Yes: 3254 14%

Show-Me Institute Joins Anti Medical Tax Crowd
October 14, 2013

The conservative Show-Me institute is the latest group to come out against the Jackson County medical Research tax.
The Institute published an opinion piece Monday , the institute called it “an egregious misuse of the taxing authority,”.
Co-author Patrick Ishmael told KMBC TV News the measure doe not meet the public purpose threshold of the Missouri Constitution.
“Law firms, construction companies, and just about every other type of business provide a level of public service. Where do you draw the line on which businesses to subsidize with taxes?”
Ishmael writes “the line needs to be drawn somewhere, and this is a good place to start”.
The proposed tax would raise the county sales tax by ½ cent. Boosters say it will generate $800 million over 20 years.
The money is intended to attract cutting edge medical researchers her to a research institution in connection with several Jackson County hospitals.
A couple of other Kansas City political players have recently announced their opposition to the medical Research Sales Tax.
Over the weekend, the Kansas City Star, citing the regressive nature of the sales tax, which is not based on one’s ability to pay, came out against the plan.
Last week, Kansas City’s Citizens Association also announced its objection.
Monday, however, Jackson County Legislator James Tindall announced he supports the medical research tax plan.

Citizens Association Votes Not to Endorse Medical Research Tax
October 9, 2013

Kansas Cit’s influential Citizens Association political group is not endorsing the Jackson. Linty medical research tax on the Nover Bee 5 ballot.
In a statement late Wednesday afternoon, the Citizens Association announced the plan to use the
Sales tax to fund the project over the next 20 years is the wrong way to pay for what called a “well intentioned” plan.
The Citizens Association says the half-cent sales tax would raise the tax rate top much and would hurt families of modest means.

Hall Foundation Pledges $75 Million to County Medical Research Fund, If Voters Approve Sales Tax
September 4, 2013

The effort to get Jackson County voters to raise the sales tax for medical research got a qualified boost Tuesday.
The Hall family and the Hall Foundation announced a pledge of $75 million
dollars to a medical research building, if voters approve the medical research tax increase at a special Nov 5 election.
Donald J. Hall, Sr. Says the contingent gift eliminates the need for tax money to go towards building construction.
“It allows the proceeds of the sales tax to go directly toward hiring world-class scientists, researchers and support staff, and it will provide them with the state-of-the-art equipment they need to find new treatments for today and new cures for tomorrow,” said Hall.
The building would be on the campus of Children’s Mercy Hospital. CMH is one of the local health providers who would get of the money. In, fact CMH would get half the annual proceeds, if voters approve the idea.
The building would be called the Institute for Tranlational Medicine of Jackson County.
It’s a is to develop cutting edge medical research and devices.
The hope is the project will attract the attention of medical researchers and medical research capitalists to start ventures in Jackson County.