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View from the Capitol by State Rep. Ed Schieffer

Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 8:39 am

Ed Schieffer

Ed Schieffer

By this time, all households with registered voters, should have received my latest District Directory. I hope you find the directory helpful for contacting local, state and federal government offices. Please feel free to call if we may offer any further assistance. We do have a limited amount of surplus booklets so if you did not receive a directory, you may contact us and we’ll send one to you. It has been brought to our attention that the telephone number listed for United States Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer is incorrect. The correct number for his Washington, DC office is 202-225-2956.

House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, on July 24 offered to forgo efforts to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of tax cut legislation in exchange for the governor negotiating an alternative version of the bill that he would be willing to sign into law, the Columbia Daily Tribune reported in that afternoon’s edition. Nixon hasn’t publicly responded to the offer, but it seems unlikely that he will go along given his strong statements against enacting tax cuts that would mostly benefit the wealthy and large corporations while taking a huge bite out of the state budget. The General Assembly will convene for its annual veto session on Sept. 11.

Nixon has been traveling the state warning of the negative impacts on public education funding should the Legislature override his veto of the bill, HB 253, which would reduce state revenue collections by at least $800 million a year and as much as $1.2 billion annually. Nixon has also held multiple news conferences on one component of the bill that would impose a $200 million a year tax increase on Missourians who use prescription medications.

When the Democratic governor vetoed the bill in June, Jones initially vowed that the Republican-controlled General Assembly would override the Governor’s veto. Jones’ softening of position could be an indication that he is having difficulty securing the two-thirds majority necessary to do so. HB 253 passed the House on a vote of 103-51, with three Republicans opposed and several absent. For an override to be successful without crossover votes from some Democrats, all 109 House Republicans would have to support it.

On Saturday, August 10, Secretary of State Jason Kander will be at my Fair Pig Dinner at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds Hall at 6 pm in Troy, MO. Hope to see you there.

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