Legislators Hope to Override House Bill 253 - KOAM TV 7

Legislators Hope to Override House Bill 253


A controversial House Bill that could potentially cause cuts to education was veto-ed by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. But now Republicans statewide are fighting for an override.

Since it's veto by Nixon in early summer, The bill has been the hot topic of the Missouri House floor.

"This bill does not accomplish what even its sponsors wanted it to accomplish because of the inarticulate drafting. And, plus, it attempts to solve a problem that doesn't exist." the Governor says.

In the bill, businesses would  see a 50 percent reduction in income taxes over a ten year period..By reducing their rates from 6 to 5.5 percent.

"This is not a tax cut that happens immediately. It is something that's phased in almost 10 years. It is a very slow, very methodical phase in. So that way we can make sure that we don't have a decrease in revenue." says 128th Republican Representative, Charlie Davis.

Supporters of the veto say the bill would cut  800 million dollars from public education.. Which they say could lead to taxing textbooks.. And possibly more taxes on higher education. They also fear it could mean job cuts in districts facing revenue losses. 

 "All of these worries, all of these fears that you're hearing...if it were true, and I believed it to be true, I would have been one of the very first ones to say No we can't afford the cut to education. But I honestly do not believe it's true." says Davis.

Davis argues the tax cuts will help businesses build increasing revenues.

Governor Nixon has traveled across the state since the veto in early summer, urging education supporters to contact their local lawmakers to stop the override.

"Adding two hundred million dollars a year cost to the people who walk through that front door in buildings like this all across Missouri is not the way we keep this economy moving forward" says Nixon.

The next legislative discussion on the bill will be September 11th at the veto session in Jefferson City.
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