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Corrections Officers, Not Security Guards

In 2012 a decision was made by the 16th Judicial Circuit of Missouri (Jackson County) to close the McCune Residential Center, a secure residential treatment facility for Juveniles, by the end of the year. This was necessitated by three main factors. First was a declining need for such a confined secure facility, second was declining revenue to operate it and finally the age of the over a century old facility.
Unfortunately, no immediate plans were made to secure the abandoned facility after its closing. As a result it did not take long before vandals and thieves began to take advantage of the vacancy and the facility became a magnet for anyone wanting to engage in illegal activity.

Next Steps to Fight Against Bad Tax Policy

by Alexandra Townsend, Political Coordinator

During this year’s veto session, the legislature attempted and failed to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of House Bill 253, the dangerous and unfair tax experiment which would have benefited the corporations and the rich, while leaving Missouri’s middle class with an average tax cut of $6 while gutting funding for education, infrastructure, and mental health, and increasing taxes on seniors’ prescriptions drugs and college students’ textbooks. We applaud the courageous legislators who stood with Missouri’s working families, seniors and for education instead of voting for an extreme tax bill pushed by wealthy special interests.

Sustaining the Governor’s Veto of House Bill 253

by Joshua McCarroll, Legislative Director
Unfortunately, this year’s legislative session saw more than a handful of bad ideas proposed. Even worse, some of the bad ideas actually made their way onto Gov. Nixon’s desk. One of these bad ideas was HB 253. It was yet another tax cut for big businesses and corporations. It would have taken desperately needed funding away from things like education, veterans’ homes, and our mental health facilities and given it to corporations in the form of massive tax breaks instead. In addition, the bill would have actually raised taxes on seniors’ prescription drugs and textbooks for college students.