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Mid April news and events

Building Blue Event this Saturday

Truman Gala 2019 - Tickets On Sale Now

Mark your calendars for June 1 as Jackson County Democrats, honored guests and supporters from around the region return to Arrowhead Stadium for the biggest paid gathering of Democrats in Missouri. Things are fluid right now but we are happy to announce a major format change.  Instead of the regular awards and keynote speaker event, we will be hosting a panel discussion about the state of the party and how to win in 2020 featuring a number of candidates for President.  Names will be announced in the coming weeks but you can reserve your seat now. Don't miss out on this special event. Purchase tickets HERE or contact Geoff with questions or if you would like to become a sponsor. See you June 1st at Arrowhead!

 

Missouri Republicans Continue Efforts to Bankrupt State

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted 78-72 on April 9 to grant preliminary approval to legislation that would allow the state to capture tax revenue from on-line sales that currently goes largely uncollected. However, the bill also would erase any net revenue gains to the state by further cutting state income taxes.
 
According to an analysis by the state Office of Budget and Planning, House Bill 548 could cost the state as much as $120 million a year in lost revenue once fully implemented if new revenue from on-line taxes are on the low end of expectations while losses from the income tax cuts are on the high end of what’s anticipated.
 
Due in large part to previous state income tax cuts and changes in federal tax law that have impacted the state tax code, net general revenue collections for the current fiscal year, FY 2019, were running 3.92 percent behind collections for the same period during FY 2018 as of April 9, despite a strong economy and low unemployment.
 
As a result, the state is on pace to collect less revenue this year than the estimates on which the FY 2019 budget was based, which could force the governor to institute late-year spending cuts before the fiscal year ends on June 30 and require lawmakers to make additional cuts to an already austere budget for FY 2020, which is still going through the legislative process. If it becomes law, HB 548 would further reduce revenue collections in the upcoming fiscal year and subsequent ones.
 
While only Republicans voted in favor of HB 548, opposition to it was strongly bipartisan, with 27 Republicans joining unanimous Democrats in voting against it. Because the first-round vote fell four votes short of the minimum 82 needed for final passage, it remains unclear if the bill will have enough support to advance to the Senate.
 

Missouri Times Profiles Lee's Summit State Rep. Keri Ingle

As a licensed master social worker, Rep. Keri Ingle already has a substantial amount of experience in helping others.

Ingle has spent a long time serving her community and county as a social worker — and hopes to continue advancing child welfare and public service as she represents the 35th district. Working as an adoption specialist, investigator, foster care manager, and quality assurance person for the Jackson County Children’s division, Ingle saw firsthand what was disadvantaging the children of Missouri as well as what could benefit them.

“Through my work with the division I saw a lot of gaps in services for the most vulnerable in our community, and I saw a lot of ways where sometimes the legislature was failing to address those discrepancies,” Ingle told the Missouri Times. “I’ve also worked in mental health, and I’ve worked in a school and I’ve also worked in hospitals so I’ve worked with a variety of people from all walks of life.”

Read the full profile here: Freshmen to Watch: Representative Keri Ingle

 
 
 

Upcoming Club Meetings and Events:

  • MDP Building Blue Launch Concert: The Missouri Democratic Party has launched a new program focused on long-term training and bench building across the state. Come out for the KC-area launch party Saturday April 20 at Boulevard Brewery (2501 Southwest Boulevard). Click here to buy tickets.
  • Heartland Alliance for Progress: Monthly meeting, Monday April 22nd, 5:15pm at Californos (4124 Pennsylvania in Westport). Learn how you can help prevent the Missouri Legislature from undoing the will of the people after the 2018 elections.
  • Missouri State Party: 2nd quarter regular meeting. Saturday, April 27 at Lincoln University Scruggs University Center, Jefferson City. Additional details released when received.
  • Jackson County Democratic Committee: 2nd quarter regular meeting. Thursday May 9th at the Downtown KC Courthouse, 415 E 12th St. KCMO. Meeting begins at 7pm.  Agenda TBD.
  • Greater KC Women's Political Caucus: Trailblazers celebration and reception. Thursday May 23rd, 6:00-8:00pm. Lathrop and Gage reception space (2345 Grand, 22nd Floor). See below for information and link to buy tickets.
 

Trailblazers Celebration: Leading the Charge on Sustainability

 
 
Purchase your ticket before May 1 for an Early Bird price!

This year we are celebrating local women doing innovative work on environmental sustainability. Come mingle with these trailblazers, enjoy heavy apps provided by Zoe's Kitchen and drinks. Our two keynote speakers will discuss environmental efforts happening in the metro area.

Lindsey Constance is a member of the Shawnee City Council and the co-founder of Metro KC Climate Action Coalition, an organization that works to find ways to counter the effects of climate change. A teacher for 16 years, Constance aims to improve the futures of her kids and those she has taught.

Beth Low-Smith is the vice president of policy for KC Healthy Kids, a group that works to foster support for healthy habits, both in our communities and by influencing policy. Formerly a Missouri State Representative, Low-Smith has devoted her career to advocating for increased opportunities for everyone.

Hall of Fame awardees to be announced.

We'll be on the 22nd floor of the Lathrop and Gage building at 2345 Grand Blvd. In the spirit of the event, we encourage guests to carpool, or take the bus or streetcar. Parking in the building parking garage is available, and must be paid for in cash.