JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A debate about whether to replace Missouri’s income tax with an expanded sales tax also has prompted a discussion about what to call the idea.

Several versions have been proposed for a ballot measure that could appear before voters next year. Supporters contend it would boost the state’s economy and eliminate a form of double taxation. Opponents are concerned about how middle and lower income people would be affected and think that it would cause state government to collect less revenue.

The group Let Voters Decide is sponsoring the tax proposal. They call it the Missouri Taxpayer Relief Act.

The opposition group Missourians for Fair Taxation prefers the name Almost Everything Tax. The recently formed Coalition for Missouri’s Future labels the proposal the Everything Tax.

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Comments (2)
  1. stlmom4 says:

    Sales tax would hit the lower incomes the most. Another ploy by the very wealthy to shirk their share and have the rest pay more. Bad, bad plan.

  2. Ed Golterman says:

    There is nothing wrong with property taxes that eliminating 5 of them and moderating the rates on the others wont cure.. I already pay too much sales tax on every retail item. I think 8 cents now to buy a Post-Dispatch. Rex is ‘out of control’.

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