Voters go to the polls in just a week, and the state’s largest farm organization is promoting one tax while trying to kill another one that taxes Missourians much more than the first. For years, the Missouri Farm Bureau has fought for the permanent repeal of the federal Estate Tax that raised $42 million from Missourians last year.But Missouri Farm Bureau President Charlie Kruse promotes another tax that actually raises $78 million a year in Missouri; the one-tenth of a cent soils, parks, and water conservation sales tax. He says that’s different. Kruse insists all Missourians benefit from the soils tax, but don’t see a similar good out of the estate tax. And Kruse says the fact that the tax could collect more from urban areas but spend it on rural projects has nothing to do with his organization backing it. Kruse also points out that the soils and parks tax is up for voter renewal every few years, this year on the August 8th ballot. He says voters get no say over what he calls the “Death Tax”.
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