The Hancock Amendment to the Missouri Constitution became law in November 1980 after fifty-five percent of voters approved it. The amendment is a type of provision known as a “tax and expenditure limitation.” The purpose of these provisions was “to restrict the growth of the state budget.” Most people thought it meant that they would not have to pay higher taxes, and they were right to an extent. What voters and Mel Hancock, the amendment’s namesake, did not contemplate were the numerous ill-effects of this constitutional amendment.

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