May 6 A Missouri tax cut bill became law on
Tuesday after state lawmakers overrode Governor Jay Nixon's veto
of the measure.
The Democratic governor vetoed the bill last week, labeling
it "unaffordable, unfair and dangerous" and warning that it
could impair the state's triple-A credit ratings.
The Republican-controlled legislature sent the bill, which
gradually reduces the state's maximum personal income tax rate,
to Nixon on April 16.
The legislation prohibits a rate reduction if the state's
net general revenues have not grown by at least $150 million. It
also creates and phases in a 25 percent individual income tax
deduction for business income.
Nixon said the measure would decrease Missouri revenue by
more than $620 million a year when fully implemented and lead to
funding cuts, particularly for education.
"While scaled back from last year's billion-dollar House
Bill 253, Senate Bill 509 fails to prioritize or adequately
protect public education at a time when quality public schools
are more important than ever to our ability to create jobs in
the global economy," the governor said in a statement on
(Reporting By Karen Pierog. Editing by Andre Grenon)