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MISSOURI PROGRESSIVE ACTION GROUP

MEETING AGENDA FOR SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2019

NOTE LOCATION:
GRANT'S VIEW LIBRARY, 9700 MUSICK AVENUE, 63123

(For the next six months, MOPAG will be meeting at the Grants View Branch of the St. Louis County Library, at Gravois and Musick Rd)


Please join us for a presentation and discussion of the Missouri Budget.
Why ? Because the state budget is more than just a spreadsheet.

Every number reflects the decisions of our General Assembly on revenue increases/cuts, and their choices to invest (or disinvest !) in our kids, our parents & grandparents, and our neighbors. The budget impacts ALL of us, EACH day.

How does our state compare to other states in funding public education, infrastructure, and other areas ? Are we doomed to make the same mistakes Kansas has made ? What can our group do to further expand public awareness of these issues ?

February 2nd Agenda:

  • 1:30pm - Meeting Opening - Steve Reed

  • Minutes Approval

  • Treasury Report

  • Announcements - All (will include new logo unveil, future agenda topics we're looking at and request group input for strategic planning)..... other

  • 1:45pm - Guest Speaker: Amy Blouin
    President & CEO Missouri Budget Project

  • 3:00pm - Missouri Legislative Update Susan Turk

  • 3:10pm - Progressive position on statewide vote to achieve city county merger Susan Turk

  • 3:20pm - Raffle Drawing - Diane Kasten

  • 3:30pm - Meeting adjourns

Annual membership dues of $15 can be paid at the meeting or by mailing to MOPAG at PO Box 220743, St. Louis, MO 63122.

Please note:

Musick Road is be closed at Gravois Road for road construction. The library recommends accessing the Grant’s View Branch via Tesson Ferry Road.

From Musick and Tesson Ferry Road:

Turn north on Musick (about 1.2 miles

Turn east onto Richmond Calvary Dr.

The entrance to the library parking lot will be on your left.

Click on the map below for directions to the library:

Map showing location of Grant's View Library

On the web at MOPAG.ORG, St Louis Meetup Missouri Progressive Action Group, and on Facebook. See also Gatewayadvocacynetwork.com which brings together several groups within the website and provides a consolidated calendar of events for the activist regional community. Things you can do reduce your energy use, support renewable energy, and raise general awareness of climate change.

Things you can do reduce your energy use, support renewable energy, and raise general awareness of climate change:

COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR FAMILY,FRIENDS, AND NEIGHBORS.

COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR GOVT. REPS AT ALL LEVELS
COMMUNICATION WITH MEDIA AND USE SOCIAL MEDIA

Letters to the Editor. Challenge misinformation in the media. https://climatefeedback.org/

TELL AMEREN -MORE RENEWABLES https://www.ameren.com/missouri/contact-us

JOIN ADVOCACY GROUP-SIERRA CLUB, CITIZENS CLIMATE LOBBY, MO COALITION FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, ETC<

EDUCATE YOURSELF skepticalscience.com is an excellent site
http://www.carbonliteracy.com/top-5-climate-change-websites/
https://sustainabilityhub.com/climate/ gives videos; NOAA.GOV, The Great Transition (Brown)

MAKE OUR BUILDINGS MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT - TELL YOUR ST LOUIS COUNTY REP TO DISAPPROVE A PROPOSED AMENDED RESIDENTIAL BUILDING CODE 2015 IECC THAT WASTES ENERGY AND IMPACTS HEALTH DUE TO INCREASED EMISSIONS.
District 3 Colleen Wasinger 314-615-5438 cwasinger@stlouisco.com

SUPPORT POLITICAL CANDIDATES WHO RECOGNIZE THE CLIMATE CHALLENGE
nofossilfuelmoney.org

LOBBY FOR CLEAN ENERGY & GREEN SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES IN YOUR CITY.
Continue to work with your alderman and community to get your mayor to sign 100% renewable pledge like mayors of Chesterfield, Maplewood, U City, Dellwood, St. Peters, Wentzville
ilsr.org and communitypowernetwork.com

REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT http://www.globalstewards.org/reduce-carbon-footprint.htm<

green transportation, more fruits and veggies, less wasted food/water, energy efficient appliances and home

CONSIDER SMART ENERGY UPGRADES TO YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS.

PACE program provides affordable long-term financing
Sethepacestlouis.com Federal Tax Incentive Program saves 30% on solar system.

Support/donate to organizations like Climate Science Legal Defense Fund.org (rated 4 out of 4 stars)and Natl Center for Science Education- works climate change and evolution in the schools: ncse.org<

ST LOUIS ART MUSEUM DIVESTMENT?

MISSOURI COLLEGES DIVESTMENT? FossilfreewashU (FFWU)



MOPAG Minutes for February 2, 2019
MOPAG General Membership Meeting

The meeting was held at the Grant’s View Branch Library, 9700 Musick Avenue, 63123

The meeting was convened at 1:35 p.m. by MOPAG Chair Steve Reed.

Treasurer’s Report:
Treasurer Marty Walsh gave a financial report for the month of January 2019. The opening balance was $372.57 The closing balance was $573.57. Members were reminded that their dues of $15 can be paid.

Minutes of the January meeting were approved as posted.

Announcements


February 6, Kevin's Wednesday Night Breakfast Club. Chad Sabora of the Missouri Network for Opiate Reform and Recovery will be speaking. 300 Weidman, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

February 7, Empower Missouri. St. Louis Legislative Happy Hour. Area lawmakers will join Empower Missouri members and partnering organizations to mingle and chat about upcoming policy priorities and goals.

February 14, Women's Voices Raised. Tony Messenger and Jessica Brown speaking on `Reporting the News: Truth and Consequences' at The Heights, 7:00 p.m.

February 24, Dark Money Organizing Event. Documentary `Dark Money' will be shown at 3:00 p.m., followed by a panel discussion. Panelists: Tishaura Jones, Elad Gross, Rob Schaaf, Sen. Libla, Sen. Schupp. Moderated by: The League of Women Voters.

March 12, The Disparity of Wealth. A presentation by J. Winters at the Ethical Society. 10:45 a.m.; BYO lunch.

Future Agendas: MOPAG will be presenting legislative updates at all meeting during the Missouri legislative session. The March agenda will include a discussion about the St. Louis County Democratic Central Committee; April will be Elad Gross speaking about his effort to fight dark money in Missouri; and, May will be a discussion on climate change.

Guest Speaker


Amy Blouin, President and CEO of the Missouri Budget Project. The Missouri Budget Project provides independent, objective research and analysis of state budget and tax issues. Blouin explained that ALL Missouri citizens are impacted by the budget appropriations. She discussed the proposed FY 2020 budget and how it will affect all services in Missouri. The Governor's initiatives will not come to fruition as the state's revenue is down 8%. Due to that, she sees services being cut, rather than increased. Blouin explained that decades of bad tax policy of cutting corporation taxes and providing tax loopholes have led to an erosion of our revenue base, and that Missouri is lagging behind most states in many services supported due to an unfair tax system which places a higher burden of taxes on those less able to pay, that is, lower earning citizens pay a higher percentage of their income in taxes than wealthy individuals. Out of control corporate tax giveaways create budget shortfalls likely to impact many programs vital to Missouri citizens, such as: K-12 and higher education; health care and mental health services; and, child care and foster care programs. Whereas Kansas had dramatic tax cuts that were rolled back because of the harm they were doing, Missouri is following Kansas on the path to budget crisis through decades of tax cuts and unbalanced tax policies. MBP's goals are to fix the "Wayfair" issue (which causes loss of state and local taxes on online purchases); close the LLC loophole (which treats LLCs like individual donors under campaign finance law, allowing wealthy donors to spend unlimited sums); eliminate the timely filing discount (a $114 million/year loss to Missouri); and, updating the brackets for the state work credit. She also supported a state earned income tax credit. To view the presentation, click on this link: http://www.mopag.org/2019-01%20mo%20budget/2019-01%20presentation-001.html

Susan Turk provided a legislative update by sharing information on various bills which are being submitted to the Missouri legislature. Turk also reminded everyone to remember to thank the legislators (D's or R's) who are filing progressive bills. Details of her report will be shared with the google group and posted on MOPAG's FB page and website.

Susan Turk took a vote to identify how MOPAG members felt about the city/county merger issue. It was discovered that the group agreed that it should only be the citizens of St. Louis city and county who vote on the issue but do not agree as to whether or not the merger is a good idea. A motion was made and passed that MOPAG create a press release citing those results.

The next meeting will be held on March 2, 2019, 1:30 p.m., at Grant’s View Branch Library.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:35 p.m.

Minutes submitted by Diane Kasten.


Township Guide

Want to get involved but not sure How/Where? Here's a link to the St. Louis County Democrats Township Guide.



Winner Takes All

View Jeff Dickler's presentation of the atrocious Winner Takes All polotics we're fooled into thinking is a democracy. Documentation is found HERE.



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