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Governor Nixon Applauds House Failure to Override Tax Cut Veto

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Governor Nixon is calling Missourians the big winners of Wednesday's veto session.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Governor Nixon is calling Missourians the big winners of Wednesday's veto session.

Republicans failed to overturn Governor Nixon's veto of an income tax cut bill.

Nixon argued the bill would hurt education and prescription drug costs.

The final vote in the house was 94 in favor of overturning the veto, 67 opposed.  109 votes were needed.
 
Now, lawmakers say they'll be reworking the bill for next year.

It was a packed house at the state capitol in Jefferson City Wednesday as Republicans hoped to make history in the number of vetoes overturned.

"Hopefully we can sustain some of the governor's vetoes," said Representative Charlie Norr (D-132).  "And I hope we do not pass these bills that are unconstitutional."

Norr was in favor of Governor Nixon's veto of House Bill 253, and many other vetoes.

"I'm not surprised," Norr told KOLR10 news after the vote.  "Thank goodness Governor Nixon had enough sense to veto this legislation and perhaps next year we could work on it a little bit.  I really don't think corporations should be getting hundreds of thousands of dollars when middle class families get $6, there's just something not right about that."

Norr says when reworking the bill, he believes they need to take out the tax on prescription drugs.  He also says it's education that will bring businesses into Missouri, and cutting from that could create problems. 

"All of these programs we have in place are being cut if we lose revenue," he says.  "And the governor held it back because by constitutional amendment, we have to have a balanced budget and this bill would put us in jeopardy."

But Republican lawmakers in favor or overturning Governor Nixon's veto feel the bill was misunderstood.

"I think there's been some misinterpretation of the statute of the bill and some misinformation given to our schools," says Representative Kevin Austin (R-136). "Let's just first remember that there cannot be any tax cut unless there is over $100 million in increased revenue.  So that would not mean any cuts to any services, to any schools at all-- even if there is a tax cut.  And the half percent decrease takes effect over a ten year period, so we aren't talking a radical tax cut."

He says he remains hopeful.

"We had 94 votes for it, so I'm proud of the majority that voted for it," says Austin.  "It didn't hit the super-majority so obviously I'm disappointed and hate it for my state and my district.  Having said that, we will go right back to work and fix the problems discussed and next year we will try again."

Although the vote was 94 in favor, 67 against-- those in favor of overriding the veto say that number is encouraging and there is still hope for the future.

Eighteen of the 29 bills vetoed by Governor Nixon after the spring session are senate bills.

The senate has overridden eight of those vetoes and sent the bills to the house.

No action has been taken on nine bills.

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