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Nixon Says He Will Veto Income Tax

Kevin Killeen (@KMOXKilleen)
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Gov. Nixon announces he will veto a Republican income tax cut bill. Photo: KMOX/Kevin Killeen

Gov. Nixon announces he will veto a Republican income tax cut bill. Photo: KMOX/Kevin Killeen

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - During a visit to a school for the disabled on Thursday, Gov. Jay Nixon announced that he would veto a bill later in the day.

The Democratic governor is vetoing SB 509, the Republican plan to cut taxes by $620 million annually.

Under that plan, nobody making $9,000 or more would pay Missouri state income taxes.

Gov. Nixon says this is a “historically bad idea” that would slash funding for public schools by more than $200 million and it could lower the state’s bond rating, making it harder for schools and towns to raise money by issuing bonds.

There are 108 Republicans in the Missouri House, and if they want to override Nixon’s tax cut veto, they’ll need help from at least one Democrat.

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