Governor’s Veto Of HB 253 Is Not Overturned

JEFFERSON CITY – During the Sept. 11 veto session, the 97th General Assembly did not overturn Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of HB 253. Now, lawmakers turn to the governor for his solution to keep jobs in the state, since he felt HB 253 was not the answer.

“The legislature is committed to the lowering taxes for Missourians while adequately funding education and social service programs,” noted Speaker Pro Tem Denny Hoskins. “Ultimately, this was a political battle, in which our state lost. We must find a compromise to keep Missouri business and jobs from bleeding to other states, and forcing the increased financial burden on those families and companies that loyally remain in Missouri. I have yet to hear a detailed plan from the Governor on how to grow Missouri by attracting new jobs. It is time for the governor to join us in leading Missouri toward growth and prosperity, rather than fighting lawmakers for political supremacy.”

Missouri Lawmakers are committed to lowering taxes, and expect to introduce legislation similar to HB 253 during the next session. The highly anticipated second session of the 97th General Assembly begins Jan. 8, 2014.

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones released the following statement Wednesday after the House fell short in its efforts to override the governor’s veto on HB 253:

“This is only a temporary setback for the majority of House members who believe substantive tax relief is the best way to grow our economy and to help the hard-working Missourians who deserve to keep more of their hard-earned dollars. The governor spent the interim engaged in political warfare against the first income tax cut in nearly a century and his campaign of misinformation and false logic ultimately was too much to overcome. However, we will not be swayed from our efforts to provide Missourians with the tax relief they deserve and we will make a tax cut our top legislative priority when we return for the 2014 legislative session in January.”