Rep. English Stripped of Committee Positions after Tax Cut Vote
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) – He’s been stripped of all positions on legislative committees and panels.
It’s the price Democrat Rep. Keith English is paying for voting with Republicans on an income tax cut issue.
House Minority Leader Jake Hummel removed English from four House committees Wednesday after providing the deciding vote on Tuesday for the Republican-led House to achieve the two-thirds majority needed to override Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of the tax cut legislation.
English tells KMOX he’s not surprised, and in fact he expected it when he cast the deciding vote to override the governor’s veto of the tax cut bill.
“I don’t take it personal,” he says. “Definitely, when you vote against the governor or you vote against the Democratic position, there’s retribution.”
He says of all that he’s lost. the Local Government Committee position will hurt the most.
“Being on the city council in the city of Florissant and making sure that my city is represented—when it comes to anything that has to do with my district being removed from that committee, it’s going to hurt my district more than any of the others,” he says.
He also regrets not being on the Financial institutions committee that deals with the Payday Loan industry.
The measure will gradually cut Missouri’s top individual income tax rate and phase in a special deduction for business income starting in 2017, so long as state revenues keep rising. All of the other Democratic lawmakers voted against the tax cut.
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