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8:12 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Missouri among top states using cost-benefit data in policy making

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A study by the Pew Charitable Trusts shows that Missouri is in the top ten states when it comes to using cost-benefit analysis of taxpayer money. 

Cost-benefit programs analyze the cost of public programs and the benefits they provide taxpayers.  In short, it’s the study of how much bang taxpayers are getting for their buck. And it can be a very effective tool when drafting new laws or policy.

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8:07 am
Thu June 6, 2013

How the income-tax issue is about more than Missouri and its governor

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Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 4:54 pm

Governor Jay Nixon vetoed legislation Wednesday that would have cut Missouri’s income tax rates for the first time in 90 years.

The Republican-led General Assembly passed the bill in large part pointing to neighboring Kansas which already has slashed its personal and corporate income taxes.

But as St. Louis Public Radio’s Maria Altman reports, the Democratic governor says the cuts would hurt Missouri education and other state services.

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8:48 am
Tue December 27, 2011

New-year legislative proposal would do away with state income tax

Chuck Purgason, a Republican state senator from Caulfield, proposes eliminating the state's sales tax. Critics say that would be hard on lower- and middle-income Missouri families.

Among the many ideas being floated in Jefferson City for next year is a proposal to do away with the state’s income tax.  State Senator Chuck Purgason is sponsoring the legislation.

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