Missouri Small Business Overwhelmingly Opposes $200 Million Medicaid Expansion

Date: August 03, 2020

Missouri small business owners overwhelmingly oppose a proposed state constitutional amendment to expand Medicaid coverage.

“When we surveyed our members, 81.4% of them opposed the changes that would happen under Constitutional Amendment 2,” NFIB State Director in Missouri, Brad Jones said.

“It simply comes down to cost,” Jones said. “Our members can’t afford the inevitable tax increase to cover it.

“State officials say that expanding Medicaid would cost Missouri at least $200 million a year,” Jones said. “Someone’s going to have to pay for that, and our members are justifiably worried that it’s going to be them.

“The fact of the matter is that small businesses can’t afford a tax increase, especially not now, when they’re struggling to rebuild their businesses and make up revenue that was lost because of the COVID-19 shutdown,” Jones said. 

“That’s why we’re asking voters to vote no on Constitutional Amendment 2,” Jones said. “If this passes, and Missouri raises taxes on employers to pay for it, then a lot of the businesses that closed temporarily because of the coronavirus could end up having to close for good.”

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