Politics
5:14 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Nixon speaks out again about tax cut bill veto

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon
Credit File Photo / KBIA

Governor Jay Nixon continues to speak out against the tax cut bill he vetoed last week, in the hopes that any override attempt this fall will fail.  

The Democratic governor appeared before college and university officials today in Jefferson City, telling them that the GOP-backed proposal is the single greatest threat to public education he’s seen in his career:

“800 million dollars is the equivalent of closing all our prisons, or eliminating the entire Department of Mental Health, or cutting all state support for our public institutions of higher learning… that’s everybody in this room.”

The Governor also directed his budget office to brief reporters today on his objections to the tax cut bill.  Backers say it would make Missouri more business-friendly and enable the state to compete with neighboring Kansas and Oklahoma, which recently slashed their tax rates.