KANSAS CITY CATHOLIC HIERARCHY HAS REMAINING CONCERNS ON QUESTION 1 DESPITE STEM CELL RESEARCH PLEDGE!!!
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KANSAS CITY CATHOLIC LEADERS CONTINUE THEIR OPPOSITION AGAINST QUESTION 1 DESPITE A PLEDGE AGAINST STEM CELL RESEARCH!!!
Statement Of The Diocese of Kansas City ~ St. Joseph
Question 1 – Remaining Concerns
(Kansas City, MO / October 29, 2013) Through articles by Mike Hendricks and Mary Sanchez in the Kansas City Star, the Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph has learned that leaders of institutions to be funded by the proposed $800,000,000 sales tax on Jackson County citizens have committed not to spend any of the proceeds on embryo-destructive research.
While the Catholic community should be most grateful for this pledge, we still have very serious objections to Question 1 on the November 5 ballot in Jackson County.
Question 1 is still a regressive sales tax on the poor and working middle class of Jackson County. The per capita cost of Question 1 on every man, woman and child in Jackson County is $1,181. The economic development benefit of Question 1 might result in 237 jobs in Jackson County according to proponents. Question 1 asks the citizens of Jackson County to spend nearly $3.4 million for every potential job created.
Question 1 still asks the citizens of one single county in one single state to provide $800,000,000 for the national goal of medical research while providing nothing for desperate local needs.
Question 1 uses a regressive local sales tax on the poor and middle class to pay for a goal which is almost always funded by the federal government through a progressive income tax affecting the wealthy more than the poor.