Tax, Grow Missouri, Springfield

Published 08/27 2013 09:17PM

Updated 08/27 2013 09:51PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A group pushing for an income tax cut in Missouri made its case in Springfield Tuesday.

The group made about a dozen stops in the last week, to try to support Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of House Bill 253.

Supporters of the bill, such as the Grow Missouri coalition, say it will lower taxes and help business.

Governor Nixon vetoed the bill, saying it was flawed and will cost too much.

"We taught school in California for 30 something years," says Loren Wren.

Wren and his wife retired in the Ozarks.

"I'm a big believer that the more money that government has, the bigger the government is," says Wren.

We sat down with Wren at a meeting for Grow Missouri. It's the coalition trying to override the governor's veto of the income tax bill.

Turns out, Wren still has a knack for teaching.

"And the more I can give the government, the less I can give to Sam who owns the store or Bill who owns the gas station, or, you know. It's just the way it is," says Wren.

That's a simplified version of the message here. Grow Missouri believes House Bill 253 will lower income taxes and help business.

"Our economy needs a shot in the arm," says Carl Bearden of the conservative group United for Missouri. "We know that everywhere this has taken place that income tax cuts actually stimulate the economy."

Opponents say the bill would hit revenue and the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce recently opposed the bill.

Governor Jay Nixon, a democrat, is also warning of the bill's possible impact on schools and other groups.

"Every time something's going to happen it's always schools, children, and old people," says Wren.

The veto session starts September 11.

Bearden believes it could come down to a handful of votes.

The governor is also restricting $400 million from the budget to prepare for possible revenue losses if the override happens.

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