Ceremony Planned for Missouri Tax-Limits Champion

4 years 6 months 1 week ago Friday, May 09 2014 May 9, 2014 Friday, May 09, 2014 5:02:00 AM CDT May 09, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The Springfield man who led the drive to place limits on Missouri state revenues and local taxes will be inducted next week into the Capitol's Hall of Famous Missourians.

Mel Hancock was a businessman when he authored a Missouri constitutional amendment approved by voters in 1980. Now known as the "Hancock Amendment," it establishes a state revenue limit, bars state government from imposing unfunded mandates on local governments and requires voter approval of local tax increases.

Hancock went on to serve four terms in the U.S. House representing southwestern Missouri. He died in 2011.

An induction ceremony for Hancock will take place next Wednesday in the House chamber of the Capitol.

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