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Dozens of new Missouri laws are taking effect, including ones that could make it harder for some fired employees to collect unemployment benefits and easier for high rollers to bet big bucks at casinos.

Thursday marked the standard effective date for laws that were passed during annual legislative session.

But some of this year's most high-profile measures contained clauses delaying their effect until future years, including an income tax cut and a rewrite of the state's criminal laws.

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The Missouri House has passed legislation that could lower taxes for many Missourians by linking the state's tax brackets to inflation.

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Missouri House members have endorsed the first change in Missouri's income tax brackets since the Great Depression.

Debate has begun in the Missouri Senate on this year's attempt to cut the state's income tax rate.

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Missouri's most prolific political financier gave nearly $1.3 million to various political causes in the closing weeks of 2013.

Online state campaign finance reports show that retired investment firm executive Rex Sinquefield gave $750,000 to, $495,000 to Grow Missouri and $25,000 to Missourians for Excellence in Government during the final weeks of December.

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A conservative Missouri political committee says it may recruit candidates to run in primary elections against Republican legislators who vote against an income tax cut.

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Missouri has started its 2014 fiscal year with a dip in revenues compared to last year.

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A new political group is launching a campaign to persuade legislators to override the governor's veto of a bill that would phase in various income tax reductions. Political activist Rex Sinquefield has contributed $1.3 million to a business coalition that supports a cut in income taxes.

The contribution reported Thursday on the state Ethics Commission website provides the financial foundation for a newly formed committee called Grow Missouri.

A new Missouri law creates a checkbox on Missouri income tax forms that allows taxpayers to contribute a minimum of $1 of their tax return to fund pediatric cancer research.

“Sahara’s Law” was introduced by Cape Girardeau Republican Senator Wayne Wallingford, and it’s named after Sahara Aldridge. 

“She was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and she fought that battle for 17 months, going through chemotherapy and radiation and even some alternate treatments,” Wallingford said. “But sadly she passed away when she was 13.”

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Some Republican lawmakers are vowing to try to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill that reduced income taxes. Shortly after the Democratic governor rejected the bill today, the leading sponsors of the legislation said they would attempt to get the two-thirds vote needed to override his veto when the Legislature convenes in September.

Republicans hold enough seats in the House in Senate to override Nixon’s veto without any Democratic support. They would have to hold all of the GOP members together in the House and could afford to have only one Republican defect in the Senate.

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The typical Missouri household might have relatively little to gain from a Senate-endorsed overhaul of the state's tax policies.

The proposed mixture of income tax cuts and sales tax hikes could save a few dozen dollars annually for a family of four earning just slightly more than Missouri's median household income of about $45,000.

Wealthier taxpayers, particularly those running their own businesses, might save a lot more. Yet seniors reliant on Social Security benefits could pay more.

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The Missouri Senate granted preliminary approval yesterday to a bill that would decrease the state income tax by 0.75 percent.

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Dec 4, 2012

Missouri’s November general collections report show a 6.0 percent increase of revenue compared to November of last year.

Newscast for June 5, 2012

Jun 5, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA newscast including:

  • Missouri's tax revenues ahead of projections, up 3.4 percent.
  • Kirksville adopts new weather alert system.
  • John Brunner airs first critical TV ad in Missouri GOP Senator bid.
  • Former MU student sentenced to probation, community service in racial slur incident.

Missouri's tax revenues are running a little ahead of projections heading into the final month of the state budget year.

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A group pushing to replace Missouri's income tax with a broader sales tax says it's received a million-dollar contribution.