Jefferson City. (AP File Photo)
DAVID A. LIEB
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP/KSDK) - The Missouri House has failed to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill cutting state income taxes.
The House voted 94-67 for the veto override. But that fell significantly short of the 109 votes needed, because several Republican lawmakers sided with the Democratic governor.
The legislation would have gradually cut income taxes for both businesses and individuals. Republican legislative leaders had touted the measure as an important means of competing for businesses against Kansas, Oklahoma and other states that recently cut income taxes.
But Nixon warned that the lost revenues could have jeopardized funding for education and other services. He also noted that an apparent drafting error would have imposed state sales taxes on prescription drugs.
Republican lawmakers likely will try again next year to cut taxes.
The Coalition for Missouri's Future released the following statement:
"The Coalition for Missouri's Future would like to thank those Missouri legislators who stood up for Missouri values and voted against the override of Governor Nixon's veto of HB 253. Missourians statewide communicated with their legislators and asked them to protect education and critical services throughout Missouri, and they will remember those legislators who listened.
"Though HB 253 wasn't the right path for the Show-Me state, we are pleased that the veto of HB 253 will stand, and we look forward to working with lawmakers this fall and during the 2014 legislative session to develop a comprehensive economic development package that invests in P-12 and higher education, infrastructure and other critical services for all Missourians, strengthens Missouri's middle class and keeps Missouri competitive in the 21st century global economy."
Speaker Pro Tem Denny Hoskins released the following statement:
"The legislature is committed to the lowering taxes for Missourians while adequately funding education and social service programs," noted Speaker Pro Tem Hoskins. "Ultimately, this was a political battle, in which our state lost. We must find a compromise to keep Missouri business and jobs from bleeding to other states, and forcing the increased financial burden on those families and companies that loyally remain in Missouri. I have yet to hear a detailed plan from the Governor on how to grow Missouri by attracting new jobs. It is time for the Governor to join us in leading Missouri toward growth and prosperity, rather than fighting lawmakers for political supremacy."
Speaker Tim Jones released the following statement:
"This is only a temporary setback for the majority of House members who believe substantive tax relief is the best way to grow our economy and to help the hard-working Missourians who deserve to keep more of their hard-earned dollars. The governor spent the interim engaged in political warfare against the first income tax cut in nearly a century and his campaign of misinformation and false logic ultimately was too much to overcome. However, we will not be swayed from our efforts to provide Missourians with the tax relief they deserve and we will make a tax cut our top legislative priority when we return for the 2014 legislative session in January."
Gov. Jay Nixon released the following statement:
"Missourians are fiscally conservative folks who want good jobs in their communities and quality schools for their kids. Over the past several months they have fought to defend those bedrock principles from being undermined by a reckless experiment -- and today, they won. I applaud the legislators from both parties who came together to sustain my veto of this fiscally irresponsible bill, which would have defunded our schools and weakened our economy. Today's vote represents a defining moment for our state and a victory for all Missourians."
Tax cut bill is HB253.
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