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    MSBA - Raise Your Hand for Kids Campaign Presentation

    Linda Rallo, executive director of Raise Your Hand for Kids discusses the RYH4K proposal at the MSBA annual legislative forum in Jefferson City.   Watch the full presentation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFqkWUUC2bY
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    Help improve early childhood health in Missouri

    By Linda Rallo via Springfield News-Leader Early childhood health and education makes Missouri stronger and we need your help. Raise Your Hand for Kids filed a proposal with the Missouri Secretary of State to get on the November 2016 ballot. Now, our initiative is collecting signatures across Missouri so voters will be able to voice support for early childhood health and education this November. What is our proposal? We want to increase funding for early childhood health and education –an area in which Missouri is far behind neighboring states — and increase smoking cessation and prevention programs for pregnant mothers and youth. The proposal would generate nearly $300 million per year and up to $75 million will be dedicated to health care/hospitals, health screenings and smoking cessation. We do this through a 60-cent increase in Missouri’s cigarette tax, currently the lowest in the nation at 17 cents per pack and 950 percent below the national average. The proposed measure reforms an existing state board and tasks it with equipping local communities with the tools and resources necessary to address their early childhood needs, all while prioritizing accountability. It also creates a legal “lockbox” to make sure the money stays within early childhood health and education programs, and cannot be used for other purposes.  
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