Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones stopped in Joplin on Monday to speak with area business leaders. Jones has supported a cut in income taxes.
The state senate has already passed a bill that would provide relief from income tax, but increase sales tax.
Jones says this is the first major tax policy reform bill to come out of Missouri since the 1930's.
"That's why the levels are so low, they have not been adjusted for inflation, cost of living, nothing, so if you make more than $9,000 in Missouri you are paying what our top rate is," says Jones.
Across the state line, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has been pushing for an elimination of state income tax and a higher sales tax.