Foes consider referendum drive on Missouri tax cut

May 21, 2014

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Some opponents of a Missouri income tax cut say they're contemplating pursuing a referendum that would put the issue before voters.

The Republican-led Legislature enacted the tax cut this spring by overriding a veto of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. The measure would gradually reduce Missouri's top individual income tax rate and phase in a new business income deduction starting in 2017.

The Kansas City Star reports that some groups opposed to the tax cut are considering a referendum petition.

They would have 90 day so gather a little less than 100,000 petition signatures from around the state in order to put a repeal of the tax cut on the ballot.

The last referendum occurred in 1982, when a law permitting bigger trucks on Missouri highways was overruled by voters.