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Nixon in Ozarks to Talk About Tax Veto

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will make two stops in the Ozarks today to talk about his veto of a bill that would have increased the tax on prescription drugs in Missouri.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will make two stops in the Ozarks today to talk about his veto of a bill that would have increased the tax on prescription drugs in Missouri.

House Bill 253 would have changed laws on several kinds of taxes in Missouri, including sales and use taxes.  But the effect on prescriptions would have stripped away the sales tax exemption from medications, raising an estimated $200 million a year.

During an appearance in St. Joseph last week, Gov. Nixon said; "If this bill became law, Missourians would pay a new tax of up to 10 percent in some communities on prescription drugs, including insulin injections, asthma inhalers, and blood pressure medication," Gov. Nixon said. "Putting additional barriers between Missourians and the lifesaving medications they need is unacceptable and quite frankly, dangerous."

Read the Governor's veto letter

Missouri has exempted prescription drugs costs and co-pays from state sales tax since 1979.

Gov. Nixon will be at Lawrence Drug on Republic Road at 11:45 this morning.  He will also travel to Eldon, Missouri to talk about the veto at the Eldon Senior Center at 1:45 pm.


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