Tax Cuts

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The lead sponsor of a Missouri income tax cut wants Gov. Jay Nixon to call a special session so lawmakers can address some of the governor's concerns about the bill (HB253).

Republican House member T. J. Berry, of Kearney, said Thursday that he wants Nixon to call a special session to run concurrently with the veto session scheduled to start Sept. 11.

Nixon vetoed 29 bills this year, including Berry's bill cutting income taxes. Republican legislative leaders hope to override the veto.

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.”

(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

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.

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While Governor Jay Nixon (D) continues touring Missouri to oppose efforts to override his veto of tax cut legislation, a group of business officials and political activists are trying to rally support for the override effort.

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: U.S. Rep. Sam Graves, R-Tarkio, recalls that when he was in the Missouri House in the early 1990s, then under Democratic control, then-House Speaker Bob Griffin used to joke that the small cadre of Republican lawmakers “could caucus in a phone booth.’’

Now, Graves notes, the tables are turned. It’s the Democrats who are heavily outnumbered in Jefferson City, and he quipped, “can caucus in an outhouse now.”

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.

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is once again traveling the state in his continued efforts to defend his veto of the tax cut bill known as HB253. He made two stops Monday in the St. Louis area.

In Kirkwood, however, two prominent Republicans showed up to dispute the governor’s arguments: state Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, and state Rep. Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: United for Missouri, one of the conservative groups backing the tax-cut bill, --HB253 -- vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon, is posting a new video today on various social media sites. The video asserts the governor has a track record of misleading the public.

Entitled  “Nixon’s Deceptions,“ the video cites controversies during Nixon’s administration, beginning with the 2009 flap over closing some state beaches because of E. coli bacteria.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: A new political group with secret funding – Missourians for Common Sense – is launching a campaign today in support of Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a tax-cut package, HB 253, in the hope of swaying public and political opinion against a legislative override.

Beginning today, residents in 15 legislative districts – including two in the St. Louis area – will receive mailers and robo-calls highlighting HB 253's elimination of the state’s longstanding exemption for prescription drugs. That would amount to a $200 million a year tax increase.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: At the start of a new statewide tour, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon gave two more reasons – the state’s credit rating and school funding -- that he says make his veto of the tax-cut measure, HB 253, the right thing to do.

Mo. House Communications

The chair of a Missouri House committee looking at ways to downsize state government says they've handed off their findings to the Speaker's office.

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A Missouri House committee looking at ways to downsize state government wrapped up its three-day tour across the state with three meetings Thursday, in St. Joseph, Columbia, and at the State Capitol in Jefferson City.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon offered up his strongest public support yet for some special transportation funding – such as the proposed transportation sales tax – although he emphasized the necessity of a public vote.

“It’s needed,’’ Nixon said, as he responded to questions posed Thursday by members of the Regional Chamber and Growth Association.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: End state involvement in public education. Curb the state’s use of federal grants. Cut taxes to reduce state income. And legalize marijuana.

Those were among the most frequent suggestions posed Tuesday morning by many of the roughly 50 area residents – some of them state lawmakers -- who showed up in Clayton for the first in a series of hearings around the state this week by the Missouri House Committee on downsizing state government.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Gov. Jay Nixon used his veto pen more than ever this year. But he wants legislators to know he didn't do it to hurt their feelings.

Gov. Jay Nixon responds to a question about his pace of vetoing legislation at a bill signing in St. Louis.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: The Missouri Chamber of Commerce plans to take the airwaves next week in support of overriding Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of tax cut legislation.

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce plans to start running this ad on Monday.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Gov. Jay Nixon withheld nearly $400 million from the state’s 2014 budget, a move he attributed to uncertainty over a veto override of tax cut legislation.

Nixon, a Democrat, made the announcement in Jefferson City after signing bills on the state’s roughly $25 billion budget. In a statement, the governor said that he made the withholds because Republican lawmakers may try to override a tax cut bill – House Bill 253 – later this fall. Among other things, that bill cuts personal income, corporate and business taxes.

(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 4:55 p.m. with quotes from Gov. Nixon, Budget Dir. Luebbering, and several GOP legislative leaders.

Citing concerns that lawmakers will override his veto of an income tax bill, Governor Jay Nixon (D) announced today that he's frozen more than $400 million in spending from the state's budget for next year.

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Governor Jay Nixon has launched a major public effort to support his veto last week of a bill that would have cut Missouri's individual and corporate income taxes.

The Democratic Governor appeared before college and university officials Tuesday morning in Jefferson City, telling them that the GOP-backed proposal is the single greatest threat to public education he's seen in his career.

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated at 4:45 p.m. with responses from House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) and Mo. Senator Will Kraus (R, Lee's Summit).

Citing a lack of "fundamental fairness," Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that would have reduced Missouri's income tax rates for the first time in more than 90 years.

The  bill would have gradually reduced corporate and individual income tax rates while also creating a new deduction for business income reported on individual income taxes.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon followed through Wednesday with his long-expected threat to veto a broad-based tax cut, and he used surprisingly blunt language as he did it.

In his veto letter, the governor called HB253 “an ill-conceived, fiscally irresponsible experiment that would inject far-reaching uncertainty into our economy, undermine our state’s fiscal health and jeopardize basic funding for education and vital public services.’’ 

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Missouri’s state government appears on track to end this fiscal year with an unanticipated cushion of at least $300 million. The overall growth for FY2013 was about twice what had been predicted.

But state Budget Director Linda Luebbering  cautioned Tuesday that the May monthly figures also hint that the state’s spate of good financial news may be brief.

Tim Jones converses with supporters of Medicaid expansion.
Jo Mannies | St. Louis Beacon | 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones contends that Gov. Jay Nixon’s latest objection to the tax-cut measure sitting on his desk is “a red herring” that the governor is using to make his expected veto more palatable.

Jones, R-Eureka, was referring to the discovery by Nixon and his staff that the tax-cut bill, HB253, would eliminate the state’s longstanding sales tax exemption on prescription drugs.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Gov. Jay Nixon has upped the ante in his criticism of a broad-based tax cut bill awaiting his decision, saying Thursday that it removes a sales tax exemption for prescription drugs that will raise taxes for millions of Missourians.

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Democratic Governor Jay Nixon took part in a groundbreaking ceremony in Chesterfield Monday, where Reinsurance Group of America announced it is bringing 300 new jobs the area.

Republicans in the Missouri General Assembly passed a bill this year that would cut income taxes – aimed at attracting more businesses and competing with nearby states like Kansas.

Nixon will now have to decide whether to sign or veto the bill. But he told reporters afterward that drastic changes like the tax cut are bad for business.

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