Governor's remarks further divide state lawmakers on tax reform
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Governor's remarks further divide state lawmakers on tax reform

Date: March 12, 2013
By: Brendan Cullerton
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SB 26

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Governor Jay Nixon trashes a Senate proposal to increase the state sales tax and lower the rates for state and corporate income taxes in a press release Monday.
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Wrap: Nixon says Republican Senator Will Kraus's tax reform bill would hurt families, the elderly and veterans the most.

Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard says he doesn't understand Nixon's logic.

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Description: "Give them a tax break? I don't see how that fits, but everyone is entitled to an opinion I guess."

Richard added that the bill still has a long way to go before getting passed.

Democratic Senator Jamilah Nasheed says she wants to see dramatic changes to the bill before it becomes law.

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Description: "With what we have so far that bill needs to go in the trash can. It's not good for the state."

Nasheed says the tax reform is regressive, and hurts the poor more than the rich.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Brendan Cullerton.


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