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Gov. Nixon Campaigns Against Veto Override in Bolivar

BOLIVAR, Mo. -- Governor Jay Nixon defends his recent veto of a tax bill during a visit to Bolivar.
BOLIVAR, Mo. -- Governor Jay Nixon defends his recent veto of a tax bill during a visit to Bolivar.
 
The Democrat told a crowd at Stephens Pharmacy that the bill would have caused a $200 million tax increase on prescription drugs.
 
The governor also claims that the bill would allow people seek refunds of previous taxes paid, which would lead to a budget shortfall.
 
Republicans disagree, and say the bill would have led to Missouri’s first income tax cut in nearly 100 years.
 
"I believe Missouri taxpayers would be entitled to that money, and that the law is very, very clear. That Missourians, if there are changes to the law, the benefit goes to the taxpayer, not the government, and I respectfully disagree with the speaker's position on that."

House Speaker Tim Jones has even asked for the attorney general to provide a legal opinion on Governor Nixon's claims that the bill would be a retroactive tax cut.

“The governor has taken great liberties with the truth during his campaign against the most significant tax cut Missourians have seen in nearly a century," said Jones in a statement Wednesday. "His claims of a retroactive tax cut that would generate a significant revenue shortfall are sensationalized talking points and not in any way based on statutory reality or legal precedent...I am confident that Attorney General Koster will come to the same conclusion as our legislative research division that there is no language in HB 253, nor in existing statute, that would in any way authorize the income tax reduction to be applied retroactively.”

Jones ceremonially signed the bill during a 17-city tour, which included Springfield.
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