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Missouri’s tax cut is dead, despite a Republican super-majority there

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It may not come as a big surprise to those who have been watching it closely, but it’s worth noting: a tax cut died in Missouri Wednesday as Republicans failed to override the governor’s veto, despite having a supermajority in the legislature there.

State legislators there are in a special session working their way through a number of vetoes from Gov. Jay Nixon (D). Legislators were able to override other vetoes, according to The Kansas City Star. But the vote over pushing through the $700 million tax cut was politically significant, The Star reported:

The loss, which had been predicted for weeks, is the final nail in the coffin of a bill the Republican super majority had pointed to as the marquee achievement of the 2013 legislative session.

Nixon, a Democrat, vetoed the measure because he said it was “an ill-conceived, fiscally irresponsible experiment.” In a series of campaign-style events around the state, he argued the bill would punch a hole in the state’s budget and put funding for public services like education and public safety at risk. He was joined by a coalition led by groups representing teachers and school boards.

The cut would have been “the first reduction in the state’s income-tax rate since 1921,” Bloomberg reported.

The failure to override Nixon’s veto is also noteworthy as Missouri is one of 25 states with veto-proof majorities in the legislature. The 2012 election consolidated party power in the states, with all but four legislatures controlled by a single party. There haven’t been as few truly politically split states since 1944, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Taking into account governors’ political affiliations, there are 38 states with single-party control.

Niraj Chokshi reports for GovBeat, The Post's state and local policy blog.



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