View from the Capitol by State Rep. Ed Schieffer
Rep. Ed Schieffer
Warning that it could jeopardize state funding for local school districts and public colleges and universities, Gov. Jay Nixon on April 16 indicated he will veto legislation the Republican-controlled General Assembly granted final approval to hours earlier that would cut taxes by at least $620 million a year and as much as $800 million a year once fully implemented.
Nixon, a Democrat, vetoed similar legislation last year and lawmakers failed in an override attempt.
“This legislation will get a thorough review over the coming days and weeks,” Nixon said. “But it’s worth noting that on its face, this year’s reckless fiscal experiment looks a lot like last year’s reckless fiscal experiment.”
SB 509 would cut the top individual income tax rate from 6 percent to 5.5 percent and create a 25 percent deduction for business income reported as personal income.
It would also increase the tax deduction for low-income taxpayers and adjust the state’s income tax brackets for inflation.
Nixon has through May 1 to act on the bill.
Because it’s a Senate bill, an override attempt would begin in that chamber.
The Senate originally passed the bill 23-9, with the bare minimum number of “yes” votes needed for the two-thirds supermajority necessary for a veto override.
The House of Representatives passed the bill 104-48, with several members absent.
Republicans hold 108 House seats, leaving them one short of the 109 needed for an override without Democratic support.
I spoke against this massive tax cut.
Everyone who makes over $9,000 would not pay any state income tax.
This would cause such a loss of revenue that state services would be drastically cut and severely harmed.
We simply cannot afford this cut.
The House of Representatives on April 17 approved a proposed constitutional amendment and companion implementing legislation that would establish a nine-day early voting period prior to general elections.
Republican legislative leaders are rushing through the measures in an attempt to circumvent a more expansive early voting proposal that could appear on the Nov. 4 statewide ballot.
The House voted 126-24 to pass the proposed constitutional amendment, HJR 90.
The companion legislation, HB 2271, passed 126-24.
Both measures now advance to the Senate.
If granted final legislative approval, HJR 90 would go on the Nov. 4 statewide ballot for voter ratification.
HB 2271 is not subject to voter approval.
An initiative petition is being circulated that would amend the state constitution to establish a six-week early voting period prior to general elections.
Another key difference between the petition and HJR 90 is the former would allow early voting on Sundays, a popular early voting day for church groups in other states, while the latter would prohibit Sunday early voting.
Since both the petition and HJR 90 would appear on the Nov. 4 ballot, if voters were to ratify both proposed amendments, under the Missouri Constitution the measure that received the highest number of “yes” votes would prevail.
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