If you sense that Missouri government has become unable to resolve major state problems, take a look at the agenda facing your state lawmakers after they returned from their spring break.
A day after senators endorsed a tax cut plan, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday that any discussion of tax cuts “is a nonstarter” until lawmakers first curb the amount of tax breaks going to commercial and residential developers.
Though some Republicans objected to incurring more debt, Missouri senators gave initial approval Thursday to a plan that would authorize $600 million of bonds to pay for hundreds of long-needed repairs at state buildings and public colleges.
Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard released a draft Thursday of proposed legislation for the 2014 session seeking to nullify federal gun control laws that infringe on Second Amendment rights.
Some legislative supporters concede that mistakes in the wording of the two biggest vetoed bills cost them the chance to override one if not both measures.
Political courage. That’s the phrase that came to my mind as I watched the Senate’s top GOP leaders cast the deciding votes that killed the gun-rights bill.
“As it is, the hospital industry has too much power and so you’re just not going to get good public policy,” Sen. Rob Schaaf said.
Associated Press reporter asks lawmakers and political scientists.
The measure would decrease both corporate and personal income tax rates in phases over the next 10 years.
While a pro-business agenda has been fast-tracked by Missouri’s Republican General Assembly, one issue has been pushed to the sidelines.