Jefferson City, Mo. – Supporters of scrapping Missouri's income tax and replacing it with an expanded sales tax are renewing their push for the measure in the Missouri Senate.
The sponsor, Chuck Purgason (R, Caulfield), told fellow senators Wednesday that he wants them to study the issue in preparation for floor debate next week. He says switching to a consumption tax would give Missouri's economy a much-needed boost.
Jefferson City, Mo. – A proposed constitutional amendment asserting state sovereignty received first-round approval today from the Missouri House.
The resolution would bar the state from enforcing or recognizing certain federal policies, most notably requirements mandated by the health care law signed recently by President Obama. It would also cover issues such as cap and trade, abortion laws, gun control and same-sex marriage.
St. Louis – The third time has proven to be the charm for supporters of a half-cent sales tax increase for the region's public transit agency, Metro.
Unofficial results show the measure, Proposition A, passing with about 62 percent of the vote, likely helped by a massive advertising campaign. Supporters raised more than $700,000. It's the third time county residents have voted on the increase, which will trigger a quarter-cent sales tax increase city voters approved in the 90s.
Jefferson City, Mo. – A Missouri House committee heard testimony Tuesday on Governor Jay Nixon's proposal to restructure the state's system of tax credits.
David Kerr, the governor's Economic Development chief, told the House Committee on Job Creation and Economic Development that the amount of tax credits awarded each year needs to be capped at no more than $314 million.