Among the seven ballot issues that will be decided on November 5th is one called the Budget Stabilization Fund.
While the measure is largely related to government activity, it will have an impact on Missouri.
David Freitas found out what the measure, nicknamed the "rainy day fund," is all about.
In order to plan for the unexpected expenses in life, many of us sock money away in savings accounts.
That money can come in handy when a car needs repairs, or when there is a major natural or personal disaster.
Now, the State of Missouri is trying to prepare for the unexpected as well.
The Budget Stabilization Fund measure creates a --rainy day-- fund that puts about two percent of the annual general revenue aside for "just-in-case" kind of situations.
The senate sponsor is Larry Rohrbach.
He says the measure is what any normal family does when things get shaky.
Rohrbach says a fund similar to this already exists in Missouri.
But the amendment that voters will be deciding on would change it slightly... making the measure a part of the State Constitution.
That amendment would make the fund mre difficult for state officials to ignore.
Another part of the change would make it mandatory to pay money back to the fund after it is used.
And the head of the Office of Administration, Dick Hanson, says that is a simple change.
Hanson says the fund would have about 115-120 million dollars in it at all times.
So far the fund has had wide bi-partisan support.
The measure passed both houses without any dissenting votes.
And even the one gripe suggested about the fund the original sponsor of the bill, Representative Sheila Lumpe, has an answer for.
Lumpe points out that about 25 other state have rainy day funds of their own.
Lumpe also sees this fund as a way to prepare for future governmental changes.
The burden that Lumpe mentions can often fall on the taxpayers.
Senator Rohrbach says this fund could help ease that burden.
Rohrbach says the fund is not as big as he would like it to be, but says it will help out just the same.
The Budget Stabilization fund sounds confusing at first... but Rohrbach says the good sense of the fund is biblical.
Voters will have a chance to choose this so called ancient wisdom next month at the polls.
For K-B-I-A's Capital Edition, I'm David Freitas