Lawmakers are returning to Jefferson City for their annual veto session, which begins Wednesday at noon.
House and Senate leaders will attempt to override Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) veto of a bill that levies local sales taxes on out-of-state vehicle purchases. The issue has heated up, as Nixon’s supporters are running radio ads urging Missouri citizens to call their lawmakers and tell them not to override the Governor’s veto.
Nixon calls the bill a retroactive tax hike on anyone who’s bought a vehicle outside of Missouri this year, while GOP leaders say it will provide much-needed revenue to local police and fire departments and encourage car and boat buyers to shop in Missouri. Speaker Pro-tem Shane Schoeller (R, Willard) admits the chances of overriding the veto of the vehicle sales tax bill are slim.
Missouri lawmakers are returning to the state Capitol and must decide whether to override any of Gov. Jay Nixon's vetoes.
The Democratic governor vetoed about a dozen bills, but attention for a possible override has focused on measures dealing with health insurance and vehicle taxes. Lawmakers are meeting Wednesday, and a successful veto override requires a two-thirds vote in the House and Senate.
Governor Jay Nixon (D) and the Republican-led General Assembly will face off next week over a bill vetoed earlier this year that would have required Missouri residents to pay sales taxes on vehicles purchased in other states.
The bill in question sought to reverse a Missouri Supreme Court ruling that local sales taxes cannot be levied on out-of-state vehicle purchases. Governor Nixon says overriding the veto would result in a retroactive tax hike without a vote of the people.
"One hundred twenty-two thousand people (will be) getting a tax bill (if the override goes through)," Nixon told reporters today at his State Capitol office. "One hundred eight thousand of those folks...are not folks who dealt with dealers, but those folks who sold cars to each other…we’re gonna have to figure out a way to go collect taxes from people who were not charged at that time.”