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Gov. Perry, Springfield Chamber Weigh-In on Tax-Cut Bill

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A bill to lower your taxes is raising questions about what's best for Missouri.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --  A bill to lower your taxes is raising questions about what's best for Missouri.

We've told you about the political battle going on over House Bill 253.

The bill's supporters say it will lower Missouri's income tax and help business.

The Missouri legislature passed it and Gov. Jay Nixon, a democrat, vetoed it, saying it's flawed and will cost too much.

The fight is playing out on the air and in stops throughout the state.

The action is leading up to this year's veto session set to start on September 11th.

Now, the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce is taking a position on this issue. Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, is also weighing-in.

Gov. Rick Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history, was a 2012 GOP presidential candidate who announced last month he would not be seeking another term as governor. 

"Why have more jobs and businesses moved to Texas than any other state," says Gov. Perry in a television ad airing in Missouri.

The governor touts Texas tax policy. 

"Unfortunately your governor vetoed a bill that would have lowered taxes and controlled wasteful spending, making Missouri more competitive," Perry says in a radio ad.

It's the latest development as two sides try to win influence ahead of the veto session.

Governor Nixon says the income-tax cut bill is wrong for Missouri. He has made multiple stops in the Ozarks during the last month. 

"And the overwhelming response was that the chamber should take a position in opposition to the bill," says Rob Dixon, executive vice president of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

Dixon says businesses decided to support the governor's veto.

"Frankly it creates that uncertainty as business are trying to recover from the recession and grow again. That bill and the underlying flaws in it really lead to a sense of uncertainty that they can't deal with," Dixon says.

That's the opposite position of  the Missouri Chamber of Commerce.

"We believed in this legislation," says Karen Buschmann, vice president of communications for the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. "We've actively lobbied for it."

The statewide chamber also points to Gov. Nixon's restriction of  $400 million from the budget, in case of an override. The governor cites what he calls the significant costs of the bill.

As far as the costs of Gov. Perry's ads, the Texas leader's office says a group made radio and television ad buys totaling more than $200,000 in Missouri.

TexasOne paid for the ads and will be paying for an upcoming trip for Gov. Perry to the Show-Me State. Gov. Perry's office describes TexasOne as a public-private partnership focusing on marketing Texas as a good place for business.

The coalition pushing to block the Gov. Nixon's veto, Grow Missouri, is welcoming Gov. Perry to Missouri next week.

"As we near our legislature's special veto session, Gov. Perry's insights could not be better timed and will serve as a wake-up call for all Missourians to give serious thought to what we want the future of our state to look like - and to warn against the very real dangers of doing nothing," says Carl Bearden, executive director of United for Missouri, a group supporting the override of Gov. Nixon's veto.

Gov. Perry is also facing criticism for the ads.

"Simply poaching jobs from one state and bringing them to another doesn't grow our nation's economy, so I hope you reconsider your efforts and instead look at ways to cultivate new industries and companies in Texas, rather than just trying to steal other states' successes," says Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, a democrat, in a letter to Gov. Perry.

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