Rick Perry

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Texas Gov. Rick Perry is back in Missouri touting his “Red State versus Blue State’’ campaign, only this time the focus isn’t Texas versus Missouri, but the birth of a new national group – Americans for Economic Freedom – aimed at spreading his no-income tax argument to all 50 states.

Rick Perry wants Missouri employers to head to Texas.
Jo Mannies | St. Louis Beacon | 2013

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Texas Gov. Rick Perry exhorted like-minded low-tax conservatives Thursday night to take action to persuade Missouri legislators to overturn Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of the tax-cut bill that has consumed this summer’s political debate.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Texas Gov. Rick Perry says his foray into Missouri’s tax debate is the latest in a series of trips around the country intended to continue what he calls “a public discourse about 'red state versus blue state' policies.”

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Governor Jay Nixon is taking action against a radio ad in which Texas Governor Rick Perry encourages Missouri businesses to leave for his state.

Nixon’s campaign committee is running an ad that defends Missouri as a better place to do business than Texas on St. Louis radio station KTRS. The station previously refused to run Perry's ad. 

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: With the Missouri General Assembly’s veto session just over two weeks away, both sides in the battle over the tax-cut bill – HB253 – have shifted the debate.

Instead of arguing over whether the bill -- vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon -- will help or hurt state’s economy, the debate now seems to center on whether it’s good or bad for Missouri to emulate Texas.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: St. Louis radio station KTRS (550 AM) has pulled the ads placed by a group tied to Texas Gov. Rick Perry because the ads encourage Missouri businesses to move to Texas, which has no income tax.

Office of TX Gov. Rick Perry

Missouri's Democratic Secretary of State is criticizing the Republican Governor of Texas for an ad campaign encouraging Missouri-based companies to relocate to the Lone Star State.

In one ad, Governor Rick Perry criticizes Missouri Democratic Governor Jay Nixon's veto of House Bill 253, that would've cut income tax rates for individuals and businesses.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: In preparation for his trip here next week, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican, has launched an unusual TV and radio ad campaign in Missouri that he says is “highlighting Texas' commitment to keeping taxes low on families and job creators.”

Texas doesn't have an income tax, but does have a higher sales tax than Missouri.

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: A coalition backing the tax-cut bill vetoed by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is bringing in a friendlier counterpart – Texas Gov. Rick Perry – as part of its campaign to persuade the public and state legislators to support an override of Nixon’s action.

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State agencies work together to restore trees

The Missouri Department of Transportation plans to buy 250,000 seedlings from a Conservation Department nursery to replace thousands of trees knocked down during highway projects. Conservation officials will then distribute the trees to youth groups and schools for planting.

This is the sixth year of Missouri's Trees for Tomorrow program. Officials say more than 2.5 million trees of roughly 60 varieties have been provided since the program started in 2007.