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Missouri Teachers Run Ads Against Tax Cuts

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the East St. Louis School district has notified 237 teachers that they might lose their jobs next year. (Flickr/Cast a Line)

A Missouri teachers union says it is spending at least $100,000 on commercials urging state lawmakers to uphold the governor's veto of an income tax cut.

The Missouri chapter of the National Education Association says the TV and radio spots began running Tuesday and will continue for a week. The ads assert the tax cut would benefit "corporate special interests" while "stealing money from our schools."

Conversely, ads in opposition to the veto have been running for weeks. These ads are financed largely by nearly $2.4 million in contributions from retired investment firm executive Rex Sinquefield. 

Lawmakers are to convene Sept. 11 to decide whether to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto.

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