St. Louis Democrats Push Back Against Tax Bill Override

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Two Democratic state lawmakers from St. Louis are pushing back against an attempt by Republicans to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of HB 253, an income tax cut.

“I think it’s going to go right down to the wire,” says Rep. Mike Colona, D-St. Louis.

Colona believes his Republican colleagues are pushing their members hard to override Nixon’s veto. “I know a few of the members of the majority party have come out publicly and said they’re not going to do it but that’s only a few members.”

Republicans met privately over the weekend to discuss a possible override of HB 253. Afterwards, House Speaker Tim Jones and Rep. Doug Funderburk, R-St. Peters, the bill’s sponsor, seemed confident they had enough votes for an override in the House.

Lawmakers will meet for the veto session on September 11.

As for the Missouri Senate, Sen. Joe Keaveny, D-St. Louis, hopes the Senate doesn’t even bring the bill up for a vote.

“I would sincerely hope we don’t override the governor’s veto. I think his veto message is very clear, that bill could do a lot of damage to the welfare systems in the state,” Keaveny says. Keaveny argues that the bill was rushed through the legislature with little discussion.

Gov. Nixon has been touring the state to warn that tax cuts could zap hundreds of millions of dollars from the state budget and impose a sales tax on prescription drugs. He will speak in Branson Tuesday in defense of the veto.

Meanwhile, former financial executive and political donor Rex Sinquefield has spent about $2.4 million on an advertising campaign, pushing lawmakers to override the veto.

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