Advocates for Tax Cuts, Pot Use Testify in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri House committee that has been taking public testimony on ways to make government smaller has heard a lot about tax cuts and marijuana.

Committee chairman Paul Curtman says advocates for legalizing marijuana have testified at many of the committee’s hearings around the state. They say the state could save millions in prison costs while also generating millions of tax dollars.

People wanting lawmakers to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of an income tax cut also have turned out at multiple hearings.

Curtman says one of the best suggestions to come from the hearings is a proposed formula to determine the cost effectiveness of state expenditures.

During a hearing Thursday at the Capitol, one woman also suggested removing games from state computers to prevent employees from wasting time.

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