JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is cheering the decision of lawmakers to sustain his veto of an income tax cut bill.
The House voted 94-67 Wednesday to override Nixon's veto, well short of the 109 votes needed for a two-thirds majority.
Nixon issued a statement Wednesday saying the vote was "a defining moment for our state and a victory for all Missourians."
He called the legislation "fiscally irresponsible" and asserted that it would have "defunded our schools and weakened our economy."
Fifteen Republicans joined Democrats in voting against the veto override.
Republican Party leaders had said the legislation was needed to help businesses compete with neighboring states that have recently cut taxes.
The bill would have gradually reduced income taxes both for businesses and individuals.
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