Monday, February 28, 2011

Alert! Design for Conservation Sales Tax

Missouri leads the nation in its conservation efforts.  We are the envy of every other state in the nation for our  many conservation areas.  These areas support a wide variety of activities including hunting, fishing, hiking, bird watching, caving, picnicking, stargazing and nature study.  Our conservation areas provide healthy outdoor activities to individuals and families.  In addition the many Missouri Department of Conservation Nature Centers around our state provide programing for children, teenagers, adults, and senior citizens on nature and outdoor recreation.  I have never met anyone on a conservation area that hasn't said,"Its the best 1/8th of 1 cent we've ever spent!"

All of this is at risk!  Representative John Cauthorn just introduced HJR 22 to sunset the Design for Conservation Sales Tax.  The Conservation Sales Tax is 1/8 of 1% of every taxable sale. For every $8 spent on taxable items, one penny goes to conservation efforts managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation.  

I am asking everyone who lives in Missouri to contact your senators and representatives immediately and show them your support for conservation and your opposition for HJR 22.   You can find out who your legislators are by entering your zip code here

Please leave a comment letting our readers know if your Representative and Senator are supportive of conservation in Missouri.


  1. I cut and pasted the bill below. It seems to be saying that the voters will have to re-approve the tax every 10 years. If the voters don't approve it, it phases out in two years. Am I reading this correctly???

    Upon voter approval, this proposed constitutional amendment
    reauthorizes the Department of Conservation sales and use tax
    until a general election in 2022 or at a special election called
    by the Governor for the purpose of reauthorization of the tax.
    Every 10 years thereafter, the sales and use tax must be
    resubmitted to the voters for approval. If a majority of the
    voters fail to approve the continuation of the tax, it will
    terminate at the end of the second fiscal year following the last

  2. Yes, that is correct. It is an assault on the best state conservation program in the nation.

  3. I found this in a September 2010 issue of Missouri Wildlife....
    "CFM formed and hosted the Citizen’s Committee to solicit public support via initiative petitions and then lead the successful campaign through the election in November 1976. This decisive and historic action by Missouri citizens now yields $90 million each year for conservation in Missouri. What do we have to show for it? Hunting, fishing, wildlife watching and forestry generated more than $11.4 BILLION in Missouri last year...a 10,000% return on investment in the year invested! Wise use has given us an economic engine bigger than all pro sports combined, which supports thousands and thousands of jobs in the private sector. This unique Missouri expression of the North American model for conservation greatly benefits our forests, fish, wildlife and every Missouri citizen.
    The three murals reproduced here depict programs funded by the Design for Conservation sales tax. These incredible works of art were created by Mark Raithel, MDC Wildlife Artist, and can be viewed at the central office of the Missouri Department of Conservation, 2901 W. Truman Blvd., Jefferson City, MO."

  4. For the whole issue see

  5. Scary stuff in here

    Where are our values?