Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Foes of Hancock II Sue to Keep It off Nov. 8 Ballot

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Foes of Hancock II Sue to Keep It off Nov. 8 Ballot

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Opponents of the Hancock II tax limitation plan filed suit Friday to knock it off the Nov. 8 ballot by seeking to invalidate at least 34 signatures in the 1st Congressional District.

Petitions filed by Rep. Mel Hancock, R-Springfield, from the 1st District contained only 33 signatures above the minimum required.

The 1st District is in north St. Louis and St. Louis County.

If the 1st District is disqualified, the Hancock II petitions will have sufficient signatures in only five of Missouri's nine congressional districts; at least six are needed.

Peter Herschend, a businessman from Branson and vice chairman of the State Board of Education, filed the suit in Cole County Circuit Court.

Hancock's plan would require most state increases to be approved by a statewide vote.

It would stop certain state revenue from being exempted from the limit on total state revenue.

Opponents, including Herschend, say the proposal would force the state to cut services by at least $1 billion - a figure Hancock disputes. …

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