Voters overwhelmingly reject medical research tax

Voters by a 5-to-1 ratio voted against a half-cent sales tax to fund translational medical research Tuesday.

When the ballots were counted, the tax failed with 84 percent of those who voted rejecting it.

Read more in the Kansas City Star

We took a small, unscientific poll on our Facebook page, and out of 21 people who posted comments, one did not vote and the other 20 said they voted no. Some said they voted heck no or even hell no.

Here’s a sampling of why they said they did not support the tax:

  • Medical research is a worthwhile cause, but I can’t see how a sales tax on a county full of poor folks (myself included!) is the best way to fund it. Therefore, I voted NO.
  • No. These institutions don’t need public support.

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